As the holiday season approaches, an increasing number of advertisements that are shown on television will show cosy living rooms with roaring log burner fires, Christmas trees, presents, and more. This image is one that we all know well. But there’s an issue.
Showing a TV above a log burner might look aesthetically pleasing, but is it actually a good practice for your own home? We’re here to answer this question for you, ensuring that you and your electronics stay safe this season.
The interior design debate
Unbeknownst to the average member of the general public, interior designers do have their own clashing opinions on the position of a television in the home. The idea that a television looks nice above a log burner or other kind of fireplace is one that many have argued for or against.
When an interior designer is creating the layout for a living room, they know how crucial the right focal point in a room is. A television isn’t exactly the best focus for a living room. If you want the log burner to be the focus, a television hanging over it would detract from that.
Why having a TV as a focal point is bad
Think about it this way: Your television is the point of the room that everyone’s attention is drawn to. You’ll move the rest of the room around so that seating faces the fireplace and the TV that’s above it. That tells everyone who enters the room that the television is the most important object.
It’s an interesting impression to give, and it certainly detracts attention from the rest of the room. A painting or family portrait, for example, would act as a much better (and more positive) focal point in your living room space.
There are a fair few hazards that could happen if you were to install a television above a log burner. If the television were too close, the performance of the item could suffer from the heat, causing your TV to overheat and turn off.
In that same vein, your television could also melt from the heat of the log burner. Having an electronic item so close to a heat source has the ability to drastically shorten the lifespan of that electronic product.
That’s to say nothing of the fire hazards that come with having live wires around an open flame. In the event that something did catch fire outside of your log burner, you could easily be looking at hundreds in damage and repair costs. Not to mention the cost of replacing your television…
Despite the various reasons that installing a television above a log burner could cause an issue, there are a few ways to prevent these problems.
To start with the first issue we brought up, let us tell you how to make a television blend into your living space without it becoming the main focus of the room.
First of all, don’t hang or position your television in the centre of the room. This immediately brings attention to it by placing it in the middle of your space where everyone can easily see it. Instead, position it in a corner or create a smaller television viewing area that’s off to one side of the room.
Second, use a positive object as a focal point. This can be a blown-up image of your family, a happy memory, a frozen moment in time that brings back good feelings… Or you could use a piece of artwork that you adore, or something that you’re proud to have on show.
As we mentioned earlier, having a large electronic or its wires near an open flame is a big no-no. But, if you can safely fix the wires up out of the way, that’s one potential hazard avoided.
The other problem is the television, itself. It’s recommended that you install your television at least 60cm above a log burner. In our opinion, going a little further than that wouldn’t hurt, either. The further away from your log burner your TV is, the less likely you are to experience any hazards.