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Fireplace and TV placement in a family room

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doves

My husband and I just purcahsed a new home.  We are trying to figure out where we should put our flat screen TV
The family room is 16' x 13,6".  On the north wall we have a fireplace in the center of the wall. On the west wall we have a large bay view window. On the south end it is an open entrance connected to the kitchen/breakfast area.
My question is we have a 34'inch flat screen tv and I dont know if we should mount it above the fire place or not.  The decor lady at the builders had advised us to put the outlet for the tv not on top of the mantle for the fireplace but to the left of the fireplace.  She said mounting the tv above the fireplace would be too high up when it came to watching the tv.  Also she said keeping the outlet on the side of the fireplace would work for housing the DVD and Rogers box etc.it hasnt been finalized so was wondering if there were any thoughts on it. 
 Thanks so much for any help anyone can give me

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doves

Thanks for your help.  I appreciate the photo too it helps me picture it all.
 

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doves

Thanks so much for your suggestions

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jmurray

Hello Doves,Take a look at this photo from our May 2010 issue for an example of what Mrs. Peacock and your decorator are talking about.Putting the television over the mantle will probably get a lot of glare from the bay windows, especially in the afternoon as the sun is setting. Tucking the television beside the mantle on shelves will not only make it easier to watch in terms of height, but will also allow you to put a beautiful mirror or vignette on the mantle. Check out Michael Penney's video for an example of how you can transform a mantle: http://www.houseandhome.com/tv/segment/budget-mantel-decoratingHope this helps,JenniferWeb Promotions Editor

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