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Size of TV over fireplace

kmhbtJanuary 20, 2013
I realize there is always debate about the TV over the fireplace but we really don't mind the location. Unfortunately though our TV just broke so we are in the market for a new one. My question is, should I get another 60" like I have now or a 65"? I outlined the current TV in blue tape to show the dimensions of the 65". My concern is that maybe it would be too big and may overwhelm the space. I would love any opinions -- just please don't tell me that I should put it somewhere else in the room ;)
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Very little difference between the 2
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 10:22AM
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HI - Your OK with either as long as the TV is not wider than the mantel. If you had an over mantel built , it could be one that hides the TV . Lots of ideas on Houzz for that .
1 Like    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 10:31AM
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I thought the same thing after I posted the pics :). In reality it's about 3-3 1/2" on each side bigger. I've just gotten such great guidance here in the past so I thought I'd see what the consensus was.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 10:33AM
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I will definitely search for an "over mantel": I'm not sure what that is but it sounds like an ideas worth exploring. I was thinking at some point of adding trim pieces to the sides and if I did, the smaller TV may allow more room for trim. Of course my husband is of the mind that the bigger the TV the better ;)
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 10:35AM
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I am probably in the minority, but I think the existing TV is a better size and if anything is a bit too big--it would look more in proportion if it isn't wider than the tile surround for the fireplace, and better if it is a bit narrower.

3 1/2 inches bigger around may not seem like a lot, but it is a big black box and is visually very heavy over your fireplace. The overmantel could help tie it in a bit, but it would still contrast with the black, emphasizing its size.

Bigger TVs also require a longer viewing distance, especially up so high.
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 10:49AM
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Bigger one for sure.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 10:56AM
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Thank you everyone. I know it seems minor, but I really do appreciate the input.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 11:59AM
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My next question would be, if I frame around it (like the "Project In Tiburon"), what paint color would I use? I love the greenish gray they chose but with my granite around the fireplace being beige I don't think it would look right.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 12:47PM
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For looks and proportion, do not have your tv wider than the tile or granite around the fireplace opening.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 1:28PM
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Hmmm...well the current one is the same size as the tile (maybe just slightly over).
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 1:33PM
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Is there anything I can do to make it look right?
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 1:34PM
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Bigger is always better in regards to tv's. You will never regret moving up.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 1:38PM
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Have you considered painting that wall a darker color so the TV doesn't overwhelm the space?
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 5:41PM
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