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television above mantel

The television has become a mainstay in most homes and as a result everyone seeks creative ways to incorporate a TV into a space.   How do you include that big black box in your everyday life without it overpowering the room?   

Some people have both a living room and a family room, which allows a separate space for casual TV viewing and a more formal space for sitting or entertaining.  However many households need to squeeze that television into just one main living space and a common solution among renters or homeowners is to mount the television above the mantel. 


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Mounting the television over the fireplace establishes one focal point instead of two, so it’s a sensible solution for that reason since furniture can be arranged around that singular viewing zone. 

One thing homeowners must plan for when mounting a television above a fireplace is the location of wiring.  Specialists in the industry can assist with where to place the equipment and speakers and in the the clever hiding of unattractive wires.  


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A sure way to achieve balance is to closely align the size of the television screen with the size of the fireplace box.  Temperature is always a concern for any television mounted above a fireplace, so take precautionary measures with framing and sheetrock to ensure the heat to the flat screen doesn’t rise above 90 degrees.  


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Opting for a gray frame when making a purchase is one way to help the television recede into a lighter background.  Incorporating software that will project landscapes or other soothing images when it’s not in use is a clever way to make the television mimic artwork.   


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How big should your TV be? The answer often varies when you ask women and men.  Most men prefer larger screens, especially the sports fans!


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The general rule of thumb is that the distance from the television screen and your viewing spot should be between two to three times its width.  Ex: with a 32” screen, sit between 5 ½ and 8 feet (96”) away for the best entertainment experience.

For those who seek alternatives to placement of a television other than the mantel, good news!  Next week, I’ll feature several creative ways to design around a TV that do not include placement above the fireplace.  

How have you designed your living space to accommodate a television ? 



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