This being my first blog post going out in my newsletter, I thought I’d re-introduce myself and welcome you to my blog! I’m Amanda, founder of AB Design. I have a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the Art Institute and I’ve been in the design industry for 15 years. I wanted to start this blog mainly to focus on design advice, as well as any trends or fun design related things that I want to share.
I’m currently working on a design guide that will include some common design mistakes and how to avoid them, in which I touch very briefly on the subject of mounting TVs above fireplaces, so with this post, I wanted to dig a little deeper into the subject.
When should you mount a TV above a fireplace?
There is nothing cozier than watching a movie curled up on the sofa with a fire crackling nearby. In the room I’ve shown above, the fireplace wall is the only place to put the TV. It’s a small space and the fireplace is low enough and the TV small enough that it works.
Design tip: I’m sure it’s mostly common practice at this point, but in a situation like this one with the sofa perpendicular to the TV, be sure to use an articulating wall mount for the TV so you’re not craning your neck when seated on the sofa.
Some homes might also include outlets and hookups for your TV over the fireplace and I’ve seen plenty of spaces where this works perfectly. The fireplace is often centered in the room, offering optimal viewing for a TV no matter where you’re seated.
When mounting a TV above a fireplace is a bad idea.
The first, and most obvious case is when your fireplace mantle is too tall. I know this might seem like a personal preference, but as a designer, this is just common sense. As a general rule, a TV should be mounted at eye level when seated, which will be different for every room.
As in the photo above, the fireplace in this room is not only too tall, but the wall is not wide enough to fit a large TV. Even when a fireplace isn’t on an angled wall, this might also be the case. Your fireplace wall might also have a special finish (ie, stone or marble, tiles, wood paneling, etc) that would be ruined by a TV mount, or make mounting very difficult, if not impossible.
Another thing to consider is whether your type of fireplace, such as wood burning, might raise safety concerns for electronics. The heat and smoke from a traditional wood burning fireplace could damage your TV over time and wiring in the wall could even be a fire hazard. Most people, however, are steering away from traditional fireplaces in favor of more modern electric, gel, or other low-heat fires, which are perfectly safe to hang a TV over.
Keep your eye out for my design guide packed with useful tips and tricks for your home!
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