How to Make Your TV Blend In Over the Fireplace

One of the trickiest issues in decorating living rooms is that dark beast of a television.  Although I prefer to plant the television in a bookcase or a less focal wall, many people decide to hang theirs above the fireplace.  If you have white trim on the fireplace wall, this can make that TV black hole even more obvious.

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When my clients decided to renovate this room, they knew they wanted to hang the television above the fireplace.  Here’s the “before” of the room:

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before 

I suggested removing the existing box molding above the fireplace and create a new symmetrical molding around where the television would hang. We decided on symmetrical bookcases on either side with closed storage at the bottom. Then came the fun part.   Rather than all white bookcases, I specified an accent color for the backs of them – like I often do.  In order to help the television blend in to the area above the fireplace, I also suggested they paint out the entire fireplace box and trim in the same accent color.

 

Now, if we had gone all white on the entire thing, the result might have looked something like this:

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Instead, this is how my clients’ room looks today:

blue fireplace surround

 

I love the way it turned out, and so do my clients.  I also styled their bookcases.

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Actually, last week I styled four different sets of bookcases, which is a record for me.  With the exception of a few personal items, I purchased the things in the bookcases from HomeGoods, which is my go-to store for affordable and stylish accessory shopping.

 

blue bookcase

 

We also chose new furnishings for this room and completely tore out and replanned the adjoining kitchen.  When I get some better photos, I’ll share the whole renovation with you. Ok, one more look at the “before”:

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And the new and improved “after”:

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I’m so happy that it’s all complete and they can enjoy Christmas in their new living room.  What do you think of this solution for blending in the television above the fireplace?

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Linda Knopsnyder
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Linda Knopsnyder

The room is absolutely stunning!! I really like the blue gray fireplace and back of cabinets. Are the wood floors new? it looks like the floors run vertical in the before photo and horizontal in the after. I do prefer TV’s next to The fireplace, but this looks wonderful.

Christy Byers
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Christy Byers

It looks great! I’m in the same dilemma. The only place in our livingroom that would fit the “beast” that my husband wanted was above the fireplace. Are the lights on the bookcase wired?

Teresa
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Teresa

Why do builders build these off-kilter rooms with little peek-a-boo cutouts anyway?? You’ve made the whole room look like it was supposed to!

Gina
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Gina

I’m seeing a lot of complaints regarding the television over the fireplace; sore necks, etc. I’m anxious to see if it evolves or fades away throughout the upcoming year. By the way, Kristie, congratulations on your RESA achievements! That’s fantastic!

Pam
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Pam

We are going to paint the brick around the fireplace. Love these bookcases and want to add them on either side of our fireplace. Can you share who built them?

liz
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liz

The room looks great. Only thing is the couch & chair are not facing TV?

Maria
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Maria

I think it looks beautiful, Kristie however I just have to ask, how do you avoid neck strain by having the sofa
not facing the t.v.? I’m going to be re-doing my family room and one of the challenges in my space is putting the sofa smack-dab opposite the tv since hubby doesn’t want it any other way!

Samantha Ley
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Samantha Ley

Gasp. BEAUTIFUL! I love the color choices- as I usually do. It’s so much better than the boring all-white option you could have chosen. Which, by the way, is very cool that you could add that to your post to help us visualize what it could have looked like. Nice work!

Pam from Louisville
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Pam from Louisville

I love-love-love the after. Great job.

Mary
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Mary

I see the walls have been painted out also, the whole room combo is so fresh and pretty. Any chance you could share which paint colors you used?

LaPriel
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LaPriel

I like it. 🙂

Joanne
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Joanne

What a difference a little color makes. Love the new look, Kristie!

kelly
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Looks beautiful! So much more welcoming!

Julie
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Julie

I assume the electronic components are inside the cabinets….but did you have an electrician do the wiring for the homeowner?

Jessica Cook
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Jessica Cook

Ok…I have absolutely avoided putting the t.v. above the fireplace but now that I see this, I see it can be done without being such an eye sore! Great design Kristie! So beautiful!

Brenda
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Brenda

I love the room! But as one poster mentioned, unless you are in the middle or the kitchen end of the sofa, you would have a “crick” in your neck from trying to watch the TV. If you have problems with turning your head, as I do, this would really be a headache (literally). I think I would make some adjustments to the furniture placement, but love everything else that was done.

Sheri
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What a great before and after! I love the colors you chose. Beautiful, beautiful!

Anne
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Anne

Completely off topic Kristie, but I know you are a Downton fan …

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ryo7fqdmcGQ

The first part of the Downtown sketch broadcast this evening in the UK as part of an evening to raise money for charity (‘Text Santa’).

I hope it plays for you.

Mariann Roach
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Mariann Roach

I think this looks great! I was wondering what the paint color is of the fireplace? It is beautiful. Mariann

Anne
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Anne

Text Santa – second part.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dO4UMQIsCW0

Love the grey paint colour !