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How to style your entertainment unit

When it comes to styling a living room, one of the often neglected furniture items is the entertainment unit. Sure, it's generally purchased for practicality; hiding unsightly cords, storing set-top boxes and old DVDs, and hiding all the clutter that piles up in day-to-day life, but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve dressing-up. Create a beautiful setting that's about more than just the TV with these styling tips.

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Image via Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, Photo by Lincoln Barbour

Create visual flow

Place your TV slightly off-centre and balance it with sculptural items that have height and presence. A statement table lamp, decorative vase and chunky candlesticks or candle holders will draw the eye and lengthen your display. 

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Play with symmetry

Make a statement with perfectly placed wall art or flanking bookcases surrounding your TV to add formality and a strong presence to your space. Lighten the look with vignettes of neatly stacked books and dainty floral arrangements. 

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Soften sharp angles

A large vase of flowers or a curation of organically shaped ceramics at one end will soften the harsh lines of your TV screen. Play with rounded shapes for smoother transitions and don't forget about styling any open shelving too.

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Image via Glitter Guide, photo by Anna Reynal

Add texture

Keeping the wall behind the TV bare will make it seem flat and draw all the attention to the black screen. Break up the empty space with circular shapes and tactile elements, such as clocks, wall hangings or even well-placed pendant lights.

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