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help for hole above corner fireplace
hs350December 30, 2012
hi! i need ideas for the large tv nook above the corner fireplace in my living room. i have my flat screned tv on the wall next to it and a low black tv console below the tv(not seen in pic). ive thought about covering it up with a largemirror butthe crown moulding around it makes it more difficult. the nook is quite deep and ive thought about hanging a circular mirror inside, but again...the crown molding around it makes me nervous about the outcome. i already have a large painting over the sofa on the opposite wall (artwork not included in pic)so dont want to cover it with artwork. im going for a glamorous yet comfy feel for my living room so im partial to decorative mirrors! thanks PS..drywalling the nook is not an option
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Interiors International, Inc.
It looks as though it was made that way to house an old style TV. Build out the back wall and put the TV back above the fireplace.
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:04AM
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frenchreno
If you could put lighting in there to illuminate a sculpture or vases? Or half a shelf and fill the look with 2 levels of pictures...
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:08AM
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frenchreno
Nook! Not look!
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:08AM
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hs350
thanks for your suggestion.like i said covering the hole permanently is not an option unfortunately and so is placing the tv above the fireplace because of the furniture placement and layout of the room. will make it uncomfortable to watch tv. thanks again
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:09AM
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hs350
like the idea of shelves.. actually thought about that, but then how will that look with the little shelves directly below the nook? they are really too smalland deep to house any kind of decor and be visible
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:14AM
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andrealicata
Install a couple of puck lights overhead inside the nook, and hang a glass shelf halfway up. Put some art glass or other object on the shelves and highlight the space instead of trying to hide it.
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:17AM
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andrealicata
See if you can find any boxes that fit into the holes meant to house the equipment. Or you can make one from cardboard and cover it with a funky fabric to add some color.
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:19AM
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frenchreno
Of course I see what u mean - can u knock them out? I have seen small half sized shelves which u cld place intermittently and fill up the bottom area w pictures. Otherwise - could sliding baskets with writing paper or letters fit in - it actually looks a bit small but may work.
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:22AM
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Wow Great Place
I'm curious, is there a reason covering the hole permanently is not an option? Is this a rental unit that won't allow you to make those types of changes?
It would be a relatively simple fix, heck, even adding doors to cover the hole would be an improvement. These "nooks" were a popular feature in a lot of homes, but went by the wayside when flat screen televisions became the norm. They were designed specifically to house a deep TV, which is why there is power and a cable outlet there.
I would have an electrician in to remove the power, and then drywall the hole so it becomes a flat piece of wall, no trim, no accent, no special treatment, and this way, you won't have an odd box fighting with the TV and the fireplace for attention.
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:28AM
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Peg Silverwood
Bring the existing flat screen down to eye level and place is on a half round table with shelves. Take the shelves out of the bottom of the inset. This is a pretty deep space so add shelving in various depths but not a lot of shelving. Find what you want to display and go from there. If it were min. I would find the money to completely remove it and smooth out the wall.
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:35AM
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Wow Great Place
Oh, and if that is truly not an option, paint the entire inside of the box, including the trim, the same colour as the wall to help it disappear. Add one large sculpture or vase or urn, and try to ignore it.
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:40AM
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Schoolhouse Renovation Inc
Lower the flat screen and put a large mirror over the hole. The mirror frame should be interesting and rest on the mantle of the fireplace. The reflection in the mirror of the opposite wall will give the illusion that the hole has been closed up.
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:47AM
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hs350
thanks everyone! great ideas! yes it is a rental and that doesnt allow for any dry walling...
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 6:54AM
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Wow Great Place
Darn it! I would still ask the landlord.....might be helpful to show him this thread as well, so he sees how the rest of us feel! LOL
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 7:28AM
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hs350
lol!
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 7:30AM
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hs350
hey! how about one large cabinet door to cover it? can provide extra storage and i can put my mirror over it too! what do you think?
1 Like    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 7:34AM
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Peg Silverwood
Since it is a rental. Get a very large and luscious plant and position it in the center since you have electrical you can get some lighting that could be attached behind the plant and illuminate it. Put two very nice candle sticks large and chunky on each side on the Fire place mantel. ;D
2 Likes    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 8:06AM
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