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3. Above the fireplace. Many people are not fans of TVs above a fireplace, but if you don’t mind the look, consider painting the fireplace surround black. This chic library in San Francisco provides a fine example.Design Debate: Is It OK to Hang the TV Over the Fireplace?
In the business of writing about architecture and design, you quickly learn that televisions are like guilty pleasures — almost everybody has one, but some go to great lengths to make sure no one else finds out about it. I believe I’ve seen every conceivable technique for hiding the so-called “idiot box,” from paintings that slide over the set to motorized screens that rise from custom furniture. But recently I noticed that some designers have figured out an elegant solution: Simply paint the wall behind the set black, and it fades into the woodwork, so to speak. That’s what the designers at Jerry Jacobs Design did in this room, and you might have to look twice before spotting the set over the fireplace.
Unify. The architecture here, including the molding and the fireplace, reflects the period when the home was built. To update period architecture, keep the furnishings really simple with clean structured shapes. This will lend a modern vibe and create a nice harmony.Here the simplified shapes are unified with color. The sculptural forms of furniture pieces like these will please those who desire strong, clean lines, while the traditionalist will enjoy the overall structure's being anchored in tradition.
Want to sneakily add in more seating in a less than obvious fashion? Replace a typical coffee table with an oversized ottoman. It will still carry the same effect as a coffee table — ground the center of the layout — and doubles as extra fireside seating when you have guests.
Insetting and framing the TV and painting the wall behind it a dark color (chocolate brown, in this case) makes this ubiquitous electronic device blend in with its surroundings. Plus, I think there's something nice about ensconcing a TV among throngs of books.
2: Camouflage with a dark color. Still not loving how much the black shiny rectangle jumps off the wall? Camouflage your TV with a background wall of black, brown, navy, charcoal gray — any dark color of your choosing. This room takes it all the way with the black stone fireplace and ebony floors. I especially love the recessed niche with what appears to be a moulding detail on the inside.
Most of the popular living rooms we saw were neutral tones, but here yellow and black break that generalization wide open. Traditional touches like wide molding and built-in bookshelves kept the palette from reading too strong.