Blissful Friday, friends- it’s time for an additional Design Dialogue! Lots of you requested a protracted chat about this subject and I assumed it was a beautiful thought… putting in a TV above a hearth. Must you do it? Is it a design mistake? Is it extra purposeful? What do you do when that’s your solely possibility? What’s the finest case state of affairs? I’m breaking all of it down on this publish! Click on via to learn all about it…
Initially- I’ll share my opinion or philosophy on the matter…
I’m not against putting in a TV over a hearth, but it surely completely relies on the peak of the hearth, different options within the room, and the dimensions of the tv.
I do know that didn’t actually slim it down and offer you a straight reply, so let’s begin breaking it down. Why is a TV above a hearth a foul possibility to start with it? Properly- most individuals are involved about craning your neck to lookup at it… it’s not precisely correct viewing peak. The exception to that is when you have a contemporary fire or a really low mantle (scale, particularly peak, undoubtedly comes into play). One other concern is the tv competing with different focal factors within the room- the hearth itself, a window, built-ins, and so forth. Many individuals additionally hate the thought of seeing an unsightly TV put in over a phenomenal architectural aspect in a room (the hearth).
One thing to recollect? We dwell in an age the place expertise, and televisions, are aside of just about each family. They’re merely built-in into life at this time limit; they bring about us leisure, pleasure, and one thing to bond over with our households. They’re most likely an even bigger a part of life than you may count on. Incorporating them into your property in a designerly method will assist them really feel much less like an eyesore or an afterthought.
So what’s the ultimate state of affairs? If I’m being sincere, most likely no TV above a hearth… as unpopular as that may sound. Or on the very least, a TV that’s disguised above a hearth (see the instance behind doorways, pictured above). So if it doesn’t get put in above the hearth, the place ought to the TV dwell?
In our present dwelling, we determined to have a chosen room for TV watching. That occurs to be within the basement, or media room (pictured above), as we prefer to name it. I understand it is a luxurious and perks of residing in a bigger home- a chosen place to binge watch our favourite reveals. Our formal lounge (pictured beneath) is not going to home a TV since our basement is the place to hangout and do this.
Our earlier properties, which had been quick on house, by no means would’ve been capable of accommodate one thing like a “media room”. So now what to do with the TV? The way in which I see it… you will have a number of completely different choices:
- Disguise the TV above the hearth.
- Embrace asymmetry…. set up it to the aspect of the hearth, or on one other wall.
- Throw the “guidelines” out the window and set up it above the hearth, anyway.
Are you aware what I did in our first dwelling? Quantity two. Guess what I did in our second dwelling? Quantity three. All of this to say- there isn’t a proper or improper reply… it’s about making your particular state of affairs work for your loved ones. Let’s chat about our earlier dwelling…
Typically there aren’t different choices. Take our earlier (small) lounge for instance. The TV might solely dwell on one wall and that occurred to be above the hearth. Why? We had a large image window on the left aspect of the room, the entry wall that opened to the kitchen adjoining to the window wall, and given the dimensions of the space- the couch might solely slot in one orientation. That meant the TV needed to dwell on the hearth wall. We determined to transform the hearth and add built-ins…. so why did I decide to put in the TV above the hearth, quite than to the left or proper, in one of many built-in cupboards? Truthfully- the asymmetry would’ve bothered me and our TV was too giant to suit (Emmett was not prepared to downsize).
I weighed the professionals & cons and tried to make a lower than ultimate scenario higher. I wished the TV above the hearth so the room felt balanced, however that meant it might be put in greater than correct viewing peak. Due to this fact, I attempted to unravel the issue whereas couch buying. The again peak is absolutely what you wish to take a look at on this scenario. The difficulty with putting in a tv above a hearth is usually the pressure it causes in your neck to look upward at it. I made positive to decide on a settee that had a again you possibly can snuggle into and relaxation your neck on the cushions comfortably (aka- a taller again peak with comfortable cushions). Watching TV whereas craning your neck shouldn’t be stress-free or ultimate. At that time, I simply embraced our massive clunky TV up there above the hearth. I didn’t even attempt to disguise it. I had a cheerful husband with an enormous TV and we might watch motion pictures with out neck ache on our comfy sofa. It was a good setup!
If I might repeat that very same state of affairs in our outdated lounge, the one factor I might do in another way is improve the tv. Yep- you knew I used to be going to say the Samsung Body. It’s smooth and appears like artwork when it’s not getting used (pictured above). Except for that, every part felt good from an aesthetic and purposeful point-of-view.
Talking of the Body TV– that is undoubtedly on our wishlist this 12 months! I’ll take any alternative to make a TV seem like artwork… that looks as if a no brainer. In the event you don’t have the price range for it, don’t panic! There are different methods to “disguise” a TV… conceal it behind a panel, a hinged piece of artwork, set up a gallery wall round it, and so forth. Get artistic to make it mix and really feel much less like ugly tech.
The final possibility is to embrace asymmetry. My type-A persona and OCD self simply couldn’t get behind it, however numerous individuals do- and it does work! Set up the tv to the left or proper of the hearth at correct viewing peak and attempt to add steadiness with different objects or architectural options (built-ins, artwork, and so forth). I personally want the asymmetry of the picture beneath, versus above… solely as a result of it feels extra intentional and separated. Perhaps attempt utilizing built-ins on one aspect of the hearth and a bench or one thing completely completely different on the opposite.
To sum issues up… do what feels finest for you and your house! Every state of affairs is exclusive and must be handled that approach. Contemplate how your loved ones watches TV, different components inside the room itself, and most importantly- scale. Hopefully this publish was useful in sharing all sides of the large TV over the hearth debate. Let me know the place you stand within the ballot beneath. Everybody have an important weekend! I’m hoping to wrap up the laundry room makeover.
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