Along with other technological advances, television sets have become significantly larger in recent years, which can pose home-design problems in today's living rooms. Usually, a fireplace would be the focal point of the living room. If, however, there is also a large TV screen in the room, it may be difficult to maintain a true design focal point.
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Decorating a Living Room With a TV
One solution to a big-screen TV competing as a focal point with a fireplace is to allow the TV to become the focal point. This will emphasise that entertainment is the main function of the living room. Alternatively, move the very large TV to the family room, and let the fireplace remain the focal point of the living room. This will allow you to make the living room a place where family members can relax and be quiet. Another option is to have a smaller TV in the same room in a less conspicuous area to ensure that the fireplace remains the focal point.
TV and Fireplace as One Focal Point
Consider joining the television and the fireplace as a single focal point in the living room. Alternatively, hide the television when it's not in use. One way to conceal a flat-screen TV is to position it on a wall behind a large painting that can slide to one side. Another option is to hide the TV in a large decorative cabinet or in a wall unit with hinged doors. Consider placing a mirror TV above the fireplace. When not in use, it will appear to be a mirror so that the fireplace will be the focal point.
Balance Furniture Around the Fireplace
When you've decided to make the fireplace the focal point, balance furniture around it in a way that draws total attention, even if there is a TV in the room. For example, if you have a corner fireplace, position the largest piece, such as the couch, directly across from the fireplace. If the fireplace is in the centre of a wall, place two pieces of furniture, such as two loveseats or two chairs facing each other, in front of the fireplace.
Decorating Your Fireplace Mantel
A fireplace mantel is the ideal place to exhibit collections or family treasures or to make a bold statement. This will underscore the fireplace as a focal point, especially if it's competing with a large-screen TV. Consider placing a colourful piece of art or a large decoratively framed mirror on the mantel. Alternatively, position sculptures, a collection of photos or iron/woodwork pieces on the mantel to enhance your fireplace. If you don't use your fireplace, decorate the space with a candelabra, a horn of plenty, pine cones or flowers, or place a decorative iron screen in front of it.
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