It is a common sight in many modernized households to see flat screen TV’s mounted above the fireplace.Â Â Technology has progressed so much in the last decade making TV’s thinner and thinner (could someone find a way to apply that technology to me, please? Pretty please?!?).Â In many homes, the mounted television has replaced the omnipresent mirror as the go-to accessory over the fireplace. Our house is no exception:
I’ve talked before about wanting to get a larger TVÂ to replace our modestly-sized older model.Â I know for a fact that Rick would love any TV over the 50″ mark. Whilst that is a whopping-sized television, I have to admit that it would fit the space above the fireplace much better than our current one.Â Here’s a mock-up of what the fireplace might look like if we invest in a larger TV:
But here’s the problem.Â Â When the television is not in use,Â it can become a big black eyesore.Â So what are some of the options out there for covering the TV? A quick googleyÂ and a common solution pops up.Â Turn the television into a piece of art!Â The simplest option is toÂ frame the TV in, making it look more placed and grounded, rather than randomly floating above the fireplace.Â Or you can go a step further and cover the TV with artwork of your choice.Â It can simply be hung in front of the TV, or you can invest in a mechanized system that,Â at theÂ a touch of a button, rolls out the artwork when the TV needs hiding, then rolls back in place when the footy comes on.
These systems can be expensive, but there should be a way to DIY this set-up for less moolah.Â Another fab (but expensive) option is to cover the TV with a two-way mirror:
Advanced beam splitter mirror technology (which I don’t pretend to understand!) enables you to watch the TV as normalÂ whenÂ it is turned on, but when you turn off your TV, it is transformed intoÂ aÂ decorative mirror.Â I’m not sure if it would be possible to DIY this set-up given the speciality glass, butÂ this solutionÂ definitelyÂ combines function and style well.
What solutions are you using / have you come across that hide the TV?Â Do you prefer the artwork idea, or the mirror one?Â Or something else? Or maybe you’re not bothered that the TV is on display when not in use.Â Spill it.