7 Updated Entertainment Centers for Displaying More Than Just Your TV

Entertainment centers have been getting more minimalistic in the past few years, but what if you have things to display? Check out these seven wall units that help you store your stuff in style.

I spend a lot of time watching live sports on TV, so pro football's championship weekend always gets me focused on one piece of furniture in particular: the entertainment center. While I like the clean look of my basic television console, I've been itching for something a little larger on which to display books and family photos. But I don't want to end up with a big, heavy wall unit reminiscent of what my parents had in the '90s. That's why I love these entertainment centers that provide extra space for display and storage while maintaining a clean look.

Living Room With Industrial Reclaimed Wood Cabinets

Living Room With Industrial Reclaimed Wood Cabinets

This sleek living room solves any storage problems with the ingenious addition of built-in cabinets surrounding the wall-mounted flatscreen. The mix of open and closed shelving gives places both to hide clutter and display attractive accessories.

Photo by: Laure Joliet

Laure Joliet

This rustic entertainment center with industrial touches by FLO Design Studio uses a few tricks to keep it from weighing down the room. Pipe pieces act as feet to the unit, and the clearance between the cabinetry and the floor offer a lightness to the look. The open shelves appear to float against the wall, and the unit is made from light-toned reclaimed wood.

Contemporary Living Room Boasts Balanced Design

Contemporary Living Room Boasts Balanced Design

This living room is a study in balance. Bold blue artwork on the back wall counterbalances the vibrant yellow cabinets on the opposite wall, and matching windows, curtains and chairs create pleasing symmetry at the far end of the space.

Photo by: Sammy Goh, for Homepolish

Sammy Goh, for Homepolish

Justin DiPiero kept things crisp and clean by sticking with a minimalist console – and then added two more just like it along with overhead cabinetry and two shelf units to create a modular system that looks more like built-in contemporary cabinetry. Modular units, like what you might find at IKEA, are great for mixing-and-matching to create a custom look.

Living Room: Georgian Mansion in Chappaqua, New York

Living Room: Georgian Mansion in Chappaqua, New York

The large living room combines very different colors and patterns with natural wood and stone details for a look that's at once both rustic and refined. Sky-high ceilings help bring an open quality to the space.

Photo by: Houlihan Lawrence, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Houlihan Lawrence, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

This built-in wall unit might feel a little more traditional, but the color scheme gives it an updated look. The crisp white molding isn't exclusive to the wall unit; it wraps around the perimeter of the room for a completely custom look. The contrast of the teal painted on the inside adds a fun, contemporary look to the space and allows the book collection to pop.

Gray Contemporary Living Room With Arc Lamp

Gray Contemporary Living Room With Arc Lamp

This sophisticated living room uses the graceful curve of an arc lamp and armchairs with rounded edges to soften its crisp, clean vertical and horizontal lines. Surrounded by white and pale gray, the black of the television becomes a striking visual statement.

Photo by: 2id Interiors

2id Interiors

If you've got a basic TV console, you may not need to completely replace it to gain more display space. 2id Interiors shows how a simple floating shelf above the television provides a simple solution to the need for more display real estate.

Wood Entertainment Center with Floating Shelves

Wood Entertainment Center with Floating Shelves

This wooden entertainment center cleverly maximizes wall storage by mounting floating shelves all around the flatscreen tv.

From: Fraley and Company

Photo by: Fraley and Company

Fraley and Company

Wall units can work in small spaces, too. The mix-and-match option works best in tighter areas as it allows you to create a setup that best suits the available space. The key to keeping an entertainment center from overwhelming a small room is to include as much visual space as possible, which Fraley and Co. does well in this family room with floating shelves.

Neutral Contemporary Living Room With Media Center

Neutral Contemporary Living Room With Media Center

Set back into the wall, this living room's built-in entertainment center features soft neutral colors and simple lines. Closed cabinets and open shelves offer a wide variety of storage and display possibilities.

Photo by: 2id Interiors

2id Interiors

If you've got the budget to accommodate a custom solution, might I suggest a built-in entertainment niche? I love how 2id Interiors trimmed this niche in exotic wood and then added simple white cabinets and a shelf. With this treatment, the TV and sound bar almost feel like works of art!

Contemporary Neutral Living Room With Striped Rug

Contemporary Neutral Living Room With Striped Rug

Contemporary, neutral furnishings are the ideal backdrop for these homeowners' eclectic and colorful art collection. The rug and throw help pull the colors out into the center of the living room.

Photo by: Shelley Metcalf

Shelley Metcalf

Another good way to accommodate a larger entertainment center in a smaller space? Hang it! Bill Bocken anchored this sleek unit to the wall to keep the floor space open and create a frame around the TV at optimal viewing height.

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TV With White Cabinets and Marble Counter

A long marble countertop is a display shelf at one end and a convenient desk at the other.

From: b+g design

Photo By: b+g design

Drop Down Home Theater Screen

A movie screen drops down from the ceiling, adding a delicious modern touch to this gorgeous entertainment center.

White Entertainment Center and Fur Stools

With a white or neutral color scheme, add visual interest by layering different textures. Here, faux fur pillows and a geometric entertainment center do the trick.

Photo By: Heather Hawkins

Wood Entertainment Center with Floating Shelves

This wooden entertainment center cleverly maximizes wall storage by mounting floating shelves all around the flatscreen tv.

From: Fraley and Company

Photo By: Fraley and Company

Asian Entertainment Center and TV

An Asian-inspired cabinet fits perfectly beneath the flatscreen tv and provides both open display space on top and handy hidden storage.

Photo By: Melanie Johnson Photography

Custom, Barn Door Entertainment Center

Beneath the television, a unique entertainment center with barn doors adds a splash of pizzaz to this space. Not only is this piece elegant and stylish, it is versatile, as the doors can be left open to provide a chic way to display photos and collectibles or closed to add extra, concealed storage for DVDs and electronic equipment.

White Entertainment Center in Living Room

The designer filled the living room's shelves with family antiques and photos as well as books for an organic, friendly feel. The pops of red and blue tie in with the rest of the room's color scheme.

Custom Millwork Cabinets With Floating Bookshelves

Custom millwork cabinets and floating shelves create a stylish, efficient media center in this living room.

From: Christy Dunbar

Custom Wall Shelves

Custom millwork lends a modern edge to this New York apartment. Picture lights highlight books and artwork, while ample shelving and cabinetry provide a small-space storage solution.

Chic Entertainment Center

Sleek graphite cabinetry replaced a bulky cherry wall unit. Kerry Fidler built the wall out a few inches to accommodate all the wiring.

From: Kerry Fidler
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