New home fireplace design
How to choose entertainment styles
Your fireplace and entertainment centers don't need to compete - a design and build custom builder can give you a lot of great ideas for integrating placement.
Fireplaces and TV centers offer different types of entertainment, which often depends on the season (winter versus summer), time of day (early afternoon or late evening), and event (casual dinner at home versus hosting a Superbowl party).
Here are six design ideas to consider when deciding where to place your fireplace and your TV or entertainment center, as you plan the layout for your new custom home.
When placing a TV directly above the fireplace, using the same wood molding or stone surround can create more cohesion in the room.
This fireplace design can be ideal for home buyers who plan to use these two forms of entertainment equally.
New home fireplace design #2: Fireplace with TV above, carrying a stone surround to the ceiling
Even a full-height stone fireplace surround can accommodate a TV entertainment center, depending on what fits your personal interests.
Tip: Another reason to keep the TV directly above the fireplace is to keep other walls in the room open for furniture placement.
New home fireplace design #3: Fireplace with TV above, built-in electronic plugs
Less is more in great rooms with centerpiece design features - such as these curved windows.
Adding a TV above the fireplace keeps the room feeling functional and beautiful, without adding molding or stone that may detract from the window design.
Another way to maintain an emphasis on natural lighting is to place the fireplace and TV center on a secondary wall.
While this option may restrict furniture placement, the view it opens up is worth the trade-off.
New home fireplace design #4: When the TV is wider than the fireplace
If you're set on an extra wide TV, consider adding off-center shelving next to your fireplace.
This will keep the room symmetrical overall, while allowing your TV to be much wider than the fireplace below.
And you'll love the benefits of built-in storage.
Tip: Adding an accent color to one wall is another way to keep your fireplace and entertainment center cohesive.
New home fireplace design #5: Placing the fireplace and TV on different walls
While this TV wall is visible from the kitchen and breakfast nook, the fireplace is visible only from the entry and great room, giving it a more intimate feel.
Tip: Consider your options for adding built-in shelving - and decide which area could use it more, the entertainment center wall or fireplace wall.
New home fireplace design #6: Placing the fireplace and TV in different rooms
Some transitional style homes can integrate an entertainment center in the kitchen or keeping room, instead of the grand room.
This two-sided fireplace is visible from the grand room (which is maintained as a formal space) as well as the kitchen.
The TV center is placed in the keeping room, visible from the opposite side of the kitchen fireplace.