If you have a beautiful brick fireplace in your living or entertaining room, you’ll no doubt want it to be the focal point. Who wouldn’t?
The problem is with where to put your TV. Placing it off to the side is going to create two focal points and draw attention away from your fireplace.
The other option is to place the TV above the fireplace on your brick chimney breast but this causes problems of its own. After all, it is neither safe nor aesthetically pleasing to see wires dangling in front of the fireplace.
So what can you do? Is there a way to have your cake and eat it too?
Luckily, yes! You can proudly display your TV above your beautiful fireplace and not have to stare at those dangling wires.
The easiest way to have your TV over the fireplace is to have sockets installed on the chimney breast or the mantlepiece.
This isn’t always possible as it depends on the age of your house and it’s wiring layout. If you can get sockets put in, consider putting them right behind the TV this way you won’t have to deal with any wires.
If that’s not possible, try to get them as close as possible to the fireplace. Perhaps on the sides of the fireplace or the adjoining wall.
If you can’t get your sockets anywhere near the fireplace, don’t panic. We have plenty of ways to work around the problem.
Use the Brickwork
One of the best ways to hide those unsightly wires is to use the brickwork to your advantage.
You could route your wires off and away from the fireplace using the gaps between the bricks. You may need to use a chisel or drill to remove a very small amount of the pointing between the bricks if your wires are particularly thick or there are a few of them.
Now, brickwork tends to be red or gray whereas plugs tend to be black or white. This can cause issues when it comes to blending the wires in. A black wire snaking its way through the red bricks tends to stand out a bit!
Ideally, you would want to bury the cables deep enough to enable re-pointing.
You do need to be careful when hiding your cabling. It would be recommended to call an electrician for any mains wiring as there are certain codes of practice that need to be followed for safety.
When you reach the point where the brick fireplace meets the standard wall, you will want to use a wire channel or wire tidy.
Wire or cable channels are also known as cable trunking. They are usually made from PVC and can be cut to size.
The trunking needs to be affixed to the wall. You can use adhesive tapes if you are averse to drilling into the wall.
Screws will always provide a stronger hold. Remember that if you need to use screws, you also need to use rawl plugs.
Install the trunking in the corner join of the wall. You’ll want to get trunking that is as slim and unobtrusive as possible. A big chunky tube of PVC running down the side of your fireplace won’t look good!
Wire channels are usually white or black in color. If you have white or black walls then you’re golden. If not you’ll need to paint the trunking.
PVC doesn’t always take well to paint. It has a slick surface that the paint tends to slide off. To paint your trunking, you’ll need to key the surface with fine sandpaper. This will give the paint something to stick to.
You may need to do more than one coat. Make sure you let the paint dry between coats. If the paint isn’t dry you’ll end up with an uneven, bumpy surface.
Even if you do the above, you may still notice the wires from your TV snaking their way across the chimney breast.
Use your furniture and decorations to hide the wires as best you can. A strategically placed lamp or flowerpot can conceal trunking easily.
If you have a mantlepiece, place ornaments in front of the wires. You do need to be careful about the size of your ornaments. You don’t want anything blocking the view of your TV!
Things to Consider
Having your TV over the fireplace can be a wonderful way to keep the focal point of your room centered around that fireplace wall. There are, however, a few things you should consider.
When you mount your TV over the fireplace, it will be higher than you’re used to. You may end up getting a bit of a crick in your neck if you’re not used to having the TV that high. To fix this you could use a drop-down fireplace TV mount.
Another thing to be aware of is the viewing angles. LCD TVs have fairly restricted viewing angles.
Raising the angle might distort the picture. OLED TVs have wider viewing angles so they typically fare better when raised.
You will also need to take steps to ensure that the heat from the fire does not damage your TV.
A proper mantlepiece should deflect the heat from the TV but you’ll want to be cautious about how long you have the fire going.
Another option is to create an alcove for the TV. This may not be possible depending on what sort of fireplace you have. If the fire requires a chimney then you won’t be able to create an alcove.