How to hide a flat screen TV above a fireplace.
One of our clients asked me recently, “How do I hide a flat screen TV above a fireplace?” Given the layout of their room, there were no other good options. TV’s are so thin, ubiquitous and beautifully designed these days, that now we can locate them over the fireplace without design guilt.
Years ago, TV’s were too bulky, so we’d design built in cabinetry for the TV and stereo components. Now all this can be done and controlled via your computer or phone. Amazing stuff, this technology.
Today, four options are worthy of consideration.
1. Our FIRST SOLUTION (and most recently introduced to the market) is the Samsung FRAME TV. It is available as 43″, 55″ and 65″ display.
When not tuned in to a channel, the TV displays a piece of art work, from which there are hundreds to choose. You can even use your own images and photography! Around its edge, it is trimmed with a minimalist contemporary frame.
For further information, you can read a review of the Samsung Frame TV here.
Here is what this TV might look like on the wall above the fireplace, in a room we are currently designing.
2. For the SECOND SOLUTION, we looked at the Seura Entertainment TV. The TV is placed behind a mirror and when turned on, the mirror is transformed into a TV.
Available in display ranges of 42″ to 65″, as well as custom sizes, we found a great deal of flexibility.
We learned there are additional considerations. Because the TV is behind the mirror, you will need to have an amplifier and speakers, either in the wall or ceiling. Otherwise the sound is very muted. Another point to consider is the mirror continues to reflect to some degree, even when the TV is on. You might want to consider an installation with this unit that faces away from windows and the view.
I prepared a quick sketch to show our client what this installation might look like.
3. Our THIRD SOLUTION hides the TV behind a custom framed art print on a motorized retracting canvas. Your TV is disguised as a painting. VisionArt, whom we looked at with our client, provides the entire package – TV, frame and artwork and is built to order.
Offering three different collections of frames and artwork, your choices are endless, as are your budget options. Once again, an amplifier and speakers in the wall and ceiling will be necessary to truly enjoy your TV.
This sketch shows a 65″ TV, so we could get a sense of its scale on the wall. It was quickly decided 65″ was too big.
4. For a FOURTH SOLUTION, if you and/or your carpenter and electrician are handy, purchase a flat screen TV and make your own DIY FRAME. The image below is a schematic detail showing the TV mounted to the wall with the picture frame attached to the plywood with straps of velcro. The reason I am using the plywood is a wall is never smooth and you need to maximize the “stick” of the velcro, nor will the velcro attach reliably to a wall. A heads up – depending on the speaker configuration of the TV, you will probably need to invest in a speaker bar or a separate sound system, which will require an amplifier.
I hope you find one of these solutions to be the right one for your home.
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