Far from being purely functional pieces of furniture (although they're oh-so-useful!), TV stands can be the decorative statement that was missing in your living room.
Luckily, they come in all sorts of designs, materials and finishes, so it won't be hard to match your existing interior style once you know how to choose one.
Here are some tips and inspiration for the most popular types of décor.
1. TV stands for traditional interiors
For this type of interiors, you want to emphasize a cozy feeling. The best way to do so with a TV stand is to stick to models that resemble more traditional pieces of furniture, whether that's a console stand or a corner unit.
Wood is also a key material: you can either opt for natural finishes or neutral colors like white, black or grey.
While storage is always handy, you might want to consider having some open shelves too so that you can add some decorative items.
2. TV stands for contemporary interiors
With contemporary interiors, your focus will probably be on functionality.
These TV stands can still be similar to traditional furniture or consist of space-saving mounted options. Either way, look for sleek lines or interesting designs that consciously break your room's symmetry.
While you can always concentrate on versatile wood, try and stick to lighter finishes or monochrome models in the same colors as your existing palette. Alternatively, you can experiment with metal or glass options.
3. TV stands for mid-century modern interiors
Here's the ultimate recipe for a mid-century modern room when it comes to TV stands: choose a console model with a horizontal design that emphasizes its length, outward-pointing legs, and darker or warmer wood finishes like teak, rosewood or walnut.
As for storage, you could experiment with a combination of closed cabinets and open shelves.
4. TV stands for minimalist interiors
To reinforce your minimalist décor, you have two main choices, depending on whether or not you need some additional storage.
If you do, choose consoles or floating cabinets with simple designs that are either monochrome or rely on the combination of two colors (even better if one of them is a light wood finish or white). Stay away from the most decorative models!
If you don't need storage, you could opt for bare mounted TV stands with only a shelf or two to display a couple of decorative pieces.
5. TV stands for Scandinavian interiors
For a Scandinavian décor, you can draw inspiration from the first type of minimalist TV stands, but you have more freedom when it comes to storage and open shelves.
What you must remember, though, is to keep your focus on a natural palette. The trick is to combine a lighter wood finish and a color light white, yellow, grey, dark blue or forest green.
6. TV stands for industrial interiors
Thriving on the peculiar beauty of an unfinished warehouse feel, industrial interiors could benefit from a TV stand that combines its two most characteristic materials: darker wood and metal.
Look for bare, streamlined designs and consider experimenting with open shelves or even mesh.
7. TV stands for shabby chic interiors
This adorable interior style is more decorative than most of the ones we've seen so far.
To reinforce it with your TV stand, scout for a model that matches at least a few of these factors: white, made of wood, with a distressed feel, featuring decorative elements or harmonious lines.
You could even experiment with basket-style drawers and small ribbons.
8. TV stands for French country interiors
Just like in Shabby chic rooms, French country TV stands should follow more harmonious lines, details, and, if you want, even have a distressed look.
The difference, however, is that this style is a combination of elegant and rustic, inspired by Provençal homes.
This means that, while wood is still the best choice, you can consider darker colors too or even armoire-style stands.
9. TV stands for bohemian interiors
The key to a truly bohemian room? Each element should look as if it were one of a kind!
To do so with your new TV stand, choose a unique design that's either quirky or global-inspired: for example, one featuring an unusual pattern or with some interesting carvings.
Natural wood is still the best material, but you can consider TV stands with some colorful elements, too.