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building's picture

We are just in the planning stage of building a new house and I am having that old problem of where to put the flat screen tv in our family/living room.  My husband and I watch a lot of tv and as such, it is important that it be in the correct position for easy watching but also that it doesn't "encroach" on the design.  I know many people have been putting them above the fireplace, but my concern is that it might be too high for easy viewing.  Plus, I always thought it would be nice to have a beautiful mirror or artwork above the fireplace and wonder if a tv up there might just not fit my tastes.  Does anyone have any new ideas?  Our family room will probably be medium/large in size  (maybe roughly 20' x 20' or so - no design yet) and we definitely want a fireplace.  My design style is "transitional" - I hope the bones of the room/house will be classic and timeless but not too stuffy.  Warm, inviting, comfortable but not too precious.   And since we are not locked into a particular room size or design yet, in theory we have a clean slate and can plan whatever we want in order to accommodate the tv.  (We live in a rural area and we don't get the opportunity to see many newer homes though, to see what is being done these days).  Thanks. 

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dytecture's picture

Hi building, there are couple ways to organize this situation, either have the TV above the fireplace, or have them side by side.  Another option is to have the TV perpendicular to the fireplace so you'll have 2 focal points in the room.  Notice the 1st pic has a relatively low fireplace opening, hence a more natural view angle from the sofa. ImageImage         ImageImage         ImageImage

gmcauley's picture

Hello building,

Have you read Sally Armstrong's blog post on where to hang her TV? You may find it useful:

Good luck!

Gwen McAuley (gmcauley at

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