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How To Decorate A Home Entertainment Center

by Jean Mason

While home entertainment centers are designed for holding and displaying electronics such as TVs, DVD players, and gaming systems, many have enough shelving to accommodate other items as well. If you've placed all of your gadgets on your entertainment center and still have room to spare, you can use the extra space to house books, display family pictures and collectibles, or show off your festive side with holiday decor. 

If you live in a small home without many storage options, or if you have a large amount of home decor items, utilizing all of your home entertainment center will be especially useful. When you're in the market for a new center and would like to consolidate a lot of your items to one area of the living room, consider a larger unit. There are many different sizes of home entertainment centers for sale. You can place the entertainment center against one wall, freeing up the rest of the space for other items, such as furniture.

Here are some ideas for decorating your entertainment center:

1. Holiday Decor

One great use for the extra space on your entertainment center is displaying holiday decor. No matter what season it is, you can use the shelves to display your favorite festive pieces, such as a mini Christmas tree, vases of colorful spring flowers, such as tulips or lilacs, or jars of Halloween candy. 

As another celebratory idea, you can string small lights across the top of the center, or hang a garland. If you don't have a fireplace mantel, you may be able to hang your family's Christmas stockings from an open entertainment center shelf as well.

2. Family Pictures 

If you have more treasured, framed family photos than wall or table space, set them on empty center shelves. You can group the pictures according to theme, such as vacations or holidays. If you're displaying family beach photos, for instance, you can also use the space to hold trip souvenirs such as jars of seashells or pieces of sea glass. 

3. Plants and Flowers 

Add a pop of color and vibrancy to a dark-colored entertainment center and/or wall with fresh flowers and potted plants. Fill vintage crystal vases with seasonal blooms, such as a bouquet of summer wildflowers or bright red poinsettias in the winter. If you prefer more of an elegant look, choose all-white flowers, such as roses or hydrangeas. 

As a rustic touch, use the center's shelves to hold green plants in terra cotta or wooden pots. You can also place a plant with hanging vines, such as an ivy, from the top shelf and let the greenery drape down the side.