The TV over fireplace ideas presented here feature a variety of ways to integrate your flat screen TV with your fireplace design. Whether your fireplace surround is very traditional or ultra-contemporary in style . . . or something in between; whether it is faced with wood, stone, concrete, or tile . . . you have a wide range of options to keep your fireplace and TV from competing with one another to become the focal point of your room. Rather, by combining the two, they can both enjoy the limelight!
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The easiest way to accomplish that objective is to simply mount your flat screen TV on the wall above the fireplace mantel shelf, as shown in the two TV over fireplace designs that follow. A host of manufacturers now produce a wide variety of mounting hardware to both simplify and expedite the installation process.
The striking contemporary fireplace that follows was designed by Andreas Charalambous of Forma Design in Washington,
D.C. Set against a dramatic wall of deep indigo blue, the white concrete fireplace is scribed in a sym-
metrical geometric pattern of varying size rectangles, in part, to "frame" the brushed aluminum television surround, as well as the flanking speakers. A beautifully conceived and finely executed design!
Pictured below is another striking contemporary TV fireplace design by An-
dreas Charalambous. Featuring a wall of exotic Wenge wood cabinetry with vertical and horizontal cutouts, a forward projecting mantel provides a per-
fect resting place for a large flat screen TV.
The contemporary TV over fireplace design that follows is by Studio M of Tampa, Florida. It features a polished
concrete surround with a Montigo linear gas fireplace. Centered above the firebox opening is a plasma tele-
vision. Note how the black metal frame around the TV echos that of the frame surrounding the firebox.
Pictured below is a
granite fireplace surround by Beaumont Stoneworks, lo-
cated in Duluth, Minnesota. It features a built-in recess above the mantel shelf to house a large flat screen TV.
Pictured at right is a stone fireplace surround by Bozeman, Montana-based Locati Architects -- one of the premier
architectural design firms in the West-
ern United States. It features a plas-
ma television set resting on the man-
tel, framed by sections of stone that match the color and texture of the mantel shelf facing.
The TV over fireplace design that follows features a rugged stone surround with a deep recess above the timber mantel shelf to place a wide screen TV. Capping the raised hearth are sections of smoothly finished stone slabs.
Similarly, the massive stone surround in the outdoor room pictured at right includes a built-in recess to house a TV.
And finally, the outdoor room that follows features another large floor-to-
ceiling stone fireplace. Crafted by Texas Timber Frames, based in San An-
tonio, Texas, it features a set of handcrafted wooden doors with recessed panels to conceal the flat screen TV above the firebox opening when not in use.
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