One of the simplest ways to make modern TV cabinets and bookcases look stylish and sleek is to use connected decorative elements on the top. Whether it is an expandable wall unit like the Grand Modern Wall Unit by Mod Loft, a custom-like cabinet like the Emma Entertainment Center by Casabianca a converted antique like the Pavilion Entertainment Cabinet with 2-Sliding Doors, 2-Drawers in an Espresso Finish by Allan Copley Designs; the cabinet’s top offers a wide display area to decorate according to mood of the room and your tastes.
Coordinate with a Theme
Depending on the size of your entertainment center and the objects that you want to display, you might use three, five or seven items on the top. Odd-numbered groups of cabinets tend to be the most visually appealing. Coordinate your accessories on the shelves with the display objects on top to create a neatly designed appearance. If you display baskets on top, use them to hold remotes and DVDs and fill in spaces between books. The same idea works for wood accessories and pottery.
Fill the Vertical Space
Large decorative objects like groups of three or five tall baskets or pottery items extend the height of the entertainment center. This effect works well to fill in a large expanse of wall below a high ceiling. Other options include patterned tapestry, abstract painting, or a wall hanging with a geometric design displayed above the wall unit. This will add pattern and color as a backdrop for displays that are neutral, like clear glass, milk glass or unpainted wood carvings.
Create a Low, Wide Display
Decorative features that are wider than they are tall are great for cabinets that extend close to the ceiling. This should be great for a room with a low ceiling, even when the entertainment center is not very tall, as the horizontal line aids in detracting attention from a low ceiling. Silk or real vines like ivy in a wide planter add texture to the top of the unit while working with any style of décor. Other possibilities are a row of handmade masks or a long, low rectangular pot with a row of cacti.
Arrange a Grouping
An arrangement of select items gives the pleasure of various forms, colors, shapes and sizes. A mirror, painting, or large framed photo that is at least a third as wide as the entertainment center should draw attention. It can lean against the wall on top of the unit or hang centered above it. A group of sculptures that are related to the subject of the painting creates a thematic display. Arrange a bust, vase and a handmade object like a drum in a triangular display so that two items are closer to the back, and one in the foreground. You can also arrange items with meaning to each of the members of the household, like a violin, a crystal ball on a stand and a model airplane.