There’s an undeniable charm to an actual mid-century TV unit – a piece of wooden furniture with cute legs and the ability to roll out of a corner for “family viewing.” But where are you supposed to fit your flat screen TV in a mid-century living room? Especially if you are one of the lucky folks who ALSO have a lovely brick or stone fireplace as a focal point.
This came up in a recent Ready to Remodel program Office Hours call because the homeowner was really struggling to find a good solution.
Here’s what the internet generally recommends: that you plop your TV on the wall right over the fireplace opening.
And here’s what I have to say to that … nope.
Instead follow these key principles for a well placed TV in a mid-century living room. Are you ready?
Anchor the TV (Visually)
Even though you are likely to want a wall mounted TV in your Mid-century living room these days … who wouldn’t … you don’t just want to float it in the middle of a blank wall. Stage it over a piece of furniture or surround it with wall mounted shelves to de-emphasize it in the room when it’s not in use!
Set the TV off to one side or the other of your hearth and give it more or less space depending on how much you want the TV or the fireplace to be the real focal point of the room.
They don’t need to be the same height or size if you let go of your need for symmetry – things don’t need to be centered in a mid-century home! You can use a larger or smaller area depending on your TV size. Keep surrounding and “anchoring” the TV with panelling, shelving and other visual elements to help it balance the fireplace.
Divide and Conquer
The TV and fireplace don’t need to be on the same wall! Consider a furniture arrangement that lets you appreciate both either by turning yourself, or the chairs. An L-shaped sectional is great for this. And in some cases there’s a third element in the room you want to highlight – the view out.
Want a little more detail? Check out this snippet of one of the Ready to Remodel program Office Hours calls.
How to Place a TV in a Mid-Century Living Room with a Fireplace
A homeowner in the program was struggling with this very question – how to place a TV in a mid-century living room with a great brick fireplace already taking up their main wall.
They asked for help one week so I put together a quick overview of their question … using the Master Plan approach, of course!
Watch the snippet here (and stay tuned for the end of the video when the homeowner is DELIGHTED with our solution to their problem!
And if you want to learn how you can apply the Master Plan to any aspect of your home update (to save time and money) click here!