Flat Screen TV Over Fireplace Designs...To Hide or Not to Hide?

Flat screen TV over fireplace designs come in a multitude of looks with an ever increasing array of products and design options to make yours truly stand out -- OR NOT -- above the rest. Regardless of whether you choose to conceal your overmantel TV when not in use, or keep it in full view at all times, you have a litany of product choices and installation methods to give it a "finished" look!

flat screen tv over fireplace

Pictured Above: Dual Sliding Lift from Media Decor



flat screen tv over fireplace

                                        Flat Screen TV Over Fireplace Design
                                        Above by Streamline Timberworks


There  are  no "hard and fast" rules about whether or not you should hide your TV when it's turned off.   It is more a matter of personal preference. For  example,  the cabinetry concealing the TV in the image above,  right,
as  well  as  the built-in -- but unconcealed -- design pictured below, are each very attractive.

flat screen tv over fireplace


However,  unlike the built-in bookcases in the striking inglenook fireplace design by Oak Hill Architects that follows, the TV seems to dominate the overall composition and lacks a "finished" look.   More than likely, the flat screen TV was added later.      Had it been recessed into the  fieldstone surround, as the bookcases were, it would have much more of a finished appearance -- regardless of whether or not the TV was concealed when not in use.

flat screen tv over fireplace

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The two flat screen TV over fireplace designs that follow are highly unusual and remarkably creative! The cut granite fireplace surround pictured below, left,  is  crowned  by  a beautifully crafted wood mantel shelf.     Extending above the mantel shelf is an enclosure  faced  with  bead-board  to  match the  ceiling.      Concealing the TV is a pair of "barn like" doors that slide on rails.    The white-enameled mantel shelf and enclosure contrast beautifully with the grey and tan stonework.

Pictured  below,  right,  is  a smooth stone fireplace surround with a timber mantel shelf.   Once again, it features "barn like" doors that slide on rails to conceal the flat screen TV.

flat screen tv over fireplace
flat screen tv over fireplace

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If you wish to create an authentic period look and feel such as that shown in the two designs that follow,  then a concealed TV is  (almost always)  a "must."     The finely crafted wood mantel and overmantel design by Locati Architects,  pictured  below left,  features a pair of raised panel doors that are closed when the TV is not in use.

The stunning Arts and Crafts TV fireplace surround pictured below, right, is by Debey Zito Fine Furniture and Design, based  in  San Francisco,  Califor-
nia.  It features highly decorative and beautifully detailed flat screen doors above the mantel shelf.

flat screen tv over fireplace
flat screen tv over fireplace

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The  exquisite 'Old World' look and feel of the room pictured below is unde-
niable. Despite the "pre-TV-era" appearance of the room and fireplace sur-
round, the built-in plasma television above the mantel does not look out of place.  For a truly authentic period look, it would still be necessary to hide the TV screen. However, the extensive overmantel detailing and framing in this  example goes as far as possible to seamlessly integrate the television into the overall design without completely concealing it.

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flat screen tv over fireplace

The TV over fireplace design pictured  at right is by Locati Architects -- one of  the  premier  architectural  design firms in the western United States  -- based in Bozeman, Montana.    It fea-
tures   a   recessed   flat  screen  TV
framed  by  contrasting  colored  sec-
tions of stone.    Note how the stone framing  the  top of the TV echos the length,  color and texture of the man-
tel shelf.


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Obviously, the monumental flat screen TV over fireplace design that follows makes  no  attempt  to conceal the TV.     Nor is there a niche for it in the stonework above the firebox opening to give it a built-in  look.     However, the projecting wall sconces that flank the TV, as well as  the  mounted  elk head above, create a "frame" that, in effect, visually "recesses" it and pre-
vents it from dominating the facing of the stone fireplace surround.

flat screen tv over fireplace

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Pictured below is another striking rustic stone fireplace surround. It fea-
tures a flat screen TV in an overmantel recess that echos the recessed firebox beneath it.

flat screen tv over fireplace


The transitional fireplace design that follows is a dramatic  departure  from the examples pictured above.   Designed by Shane Inman of Traverse City, Michigan, it features an iridescent black tile fireplace surround capped with a wood mantel shelf that is finished in black enamel.   Above the mantel, a large mirror with a black enamel frame conceals a 52 inch flat screen TV.

flat screen tv over fireplace

Since the advent of the flat screen or plasma TV,  the marketplace has ex-
ploded with a vast array of products to enhance -- and/or conceal -- your flat screen TV over fireplace design.    Even some television manufacturers are getting in on the act.   For example, Samsung now offers a line of plas-
ma TV screens that look like a mirror when the TV is turned off.      If  sur-
rounded by a nice frame, such as that pictured above, it is virtually impos-
sible to tell that it is a television set when not in use.

Numerous  companies  also  offer  both manual and remote control lifts for framed paintings or prints that are mounted on the wall in front of the  TV screen. When watching the TV, the painting/print slides or tilts up and out of  the  way.    For more ideas about how to hide your flat screen TV over fireplace design, please click here.


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