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A few months ago, Austin & I had a lengthy discussion about the relationship, if you will, between the TV and the fireplace.

TV over fireplace

TV over fireplace

Trendy as it is, I am not sold on the TV above the fireplace.  Not just the aesthetics of it, there are many concerns in my mind.

  • Neck pain – the center of the TV would be 8′ high – certainly not eye-level when sitting down
  • Outdated electronics – the I.T. industry is ever-changing.  If TV styles change significantly, replacing the TV to fit on the same mounting hardware may be difficult
  • Mixing electronics & fire – there’s something amiss about mounting thousand $$$ electronics a few mere feet above a roaring fire
  • Distracting – the TV and the fireplace are competing for your attention as the centerpiece of the room
  • Boring Mantel Decor – I imagine the fireplace mantel with family photos and trinkets above it.  Instead, a big black screen steals the show.

tv-over-fireplace

So obviously I’ve made a case against the TV over the fireplace.  My vote is for a big corner fireplace, with the TV on one side and a big window looking out to the backyard on the other side.

Corner Fireplace, TV to one side

Corner Fireplace, TV to one side

What’s your vote, TV above the Fireplace or elsewhere?

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