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family room elements
Stone selection with slate hearth.
Really interesting contrast between TV and fireplace. I have come to believe that a modern black, shiny TV can't look good with a fireplace below unless the background is dark. This actually has two different backgrounds.
Nice dark background for TV
Hidden TV and Speakers
TV hidden with bi-fold cabinet doors
Interesting thought to use the TV as the "picture over the mantle," perhaps fed by a connect to PC so one could vary the imagery?
Very modern look and no suggestion of TV
Great idea with panels that suit taste.
With the right sliding panels ...
Hiding Home Theater ELX with enjoyable artwork.
Secret room using bookcases -- also adds space for theme like family history on bookshelves.
Surrounding pony wall adds a sense of a retreat
Wall color with the wood
Home Decor Signature Series, Vinyl Crock Desert - $39.99
Coffee-ottoman and a couple of pillows?
The colors, textures and materials are great.
The contrasting dark materials make the shiny-black-plastic-TV over fireplace work well.
Wall color is Benjamin Moore Bryant Gold HC-7
Inset for TV and moldings
The way the TV is framed in as if a painting.
Nicely integrated, plus black surround makes the TV look more at home.
Sturdy-looking stone foundation with drywalled area for TV above.
Similar sizing constraints, dark colors help TV to blend
How well the TV blends with the stone, and all while being at a good viewing height.
Sliding panel idea. How about a wood field above the fireplace and mantle, and then have the TV slide out from behind that wood field to the right?