The fireplace has long been the champion when it comes to the centre of attraction of any living room. Providing warmth and a reason for family to gather in one room is a pretty tough job, and the fireplace seems to have taken to it with ease.
The Changing Times
However, times change, and modern times have seen a change in forms of entertainment in the home.
Enter the television—modern man’s invention, beaming images from all over the world and meant to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. Soon, parents and kids alike are glued to its screen watching whatever visual stimulus it spues from its screen.
We have just witnessed a shift in the top spot when it comes to the central point of a home. But the good news is, modern luxury fireplaces have given us a middle ground of sorts.
Now there is no longer a need to choose which is the better entertainer. You can now enjoy both forms simultaneously, in the same room. You can watch your favourite show and warm your toes at the same time.
How good is that?
The Modern Designs
In fact, it didn’t take long before interior decorators and symmetry-loving traditionalists discovered that a TV can indeed be positioned above a fireplace. Viola!
You can actually have you cake and eat it too, right?
Now, putting a TV over a hearth has become a norm. You can even notice it in most showrooms, where they showcase linear fireplaces with high-definition flat-screen TVs on top.
Yet, having a TV and a fireplace together comes with a few bumps. We’ve put them together below so you’ll know what to avoid.
The fireplace is too small! (Or the TV is too big!)
This is one of the most common issues faced by most homeowners. As TVs become larger, the prices come down, leading to homeowners getting TV screens that are larger than life, while the fireplace remains the same.
Here’s a simple tip you ought to remember: Make sure your fireplace is a little wider than your TV, if the television is mounted directly above the fireplace.
The TV is too high!
Typically, the mantel is 48". So if a TV is mounted above it, it would be too high for comfortable viewing. If you have an electric fireplace, lower the mantel.
But here’s an even better tip: Opt for a linear fireplace that doesn’t require a mantel. Make sure that the bottom of the TV is not more than 42" above the floor in an average-sized room.
The TV and fireplace are out of balance!
Obviously, these two elements must be balanced. If the TV and fireplaces offset, then imagine the opposite sides on a teeter-totter—to balance out the visual weight of a larger television, the smaller fireplace will need to have some help from the other surrounding materials. Conclusion
In the end, it is a matter of how you blend these two giants in the home entertainment business that really matters. Classic and modern forms both work together to achieve a common goal—form and function rolled into one.
So if you are still curious and in your head still ask the question, “Who will win in a battle between luxury fireplaces
and TV?” Get both and find out for yourself. Bio: Modus Fireplaces
has been in the industry of producing bespoke fireplaces and providing luxury designer fireplaces for homes and hotels in the UK. Together with Europe’s top manufacturers, we are able to provide clients great and unsurpassed collection of unique fireplaces. We know that most of their clients have different needs, which is why we will work on site and directly with them to achieve in creating that impressible fireplace.