Television Over Fireplace
The short answer is - yes. However, to ensure your television isn't damaged from the heat, care must be taken to ensure heat generated by the fireplace is redirected away from television. There are several ways to do this, such as installing a proper mantel and building an alcove for the television.
In TV shows and commercials, I often see the set mounted just a couple feet away from the ceiling — and, yes — it's often situated above a fireplace mantel. And it drives me crazy! (A main character in season four of Netflix's House of Cards is a recent offender! You should know better, Joel Kinnaman!)
Combine your TV over fireplace layout with a sectional type of sofa for total relaxation and comfort. Define your television by framing it with wood that match the wooden bookshelves beside it. Make your living room homier by having lounge armchairs that you can pull beside the fireplace.
In the past decade, it's become increasingly popular to mount televisions above the fireplace mantel. For years, the fireplace has served as the focal point in every home. This is the place where we unwrap Christmas presents, enjoy company, and celebrate everyday living. In the past, we would see a canvas, framed mirrors, or family photo's placed above the hearth.
The place I just moved in to has a wall-mounted TV above the fireplace. However, I'm not sure how the previous residents dealt with the fact that the bottom of the TV gets very hot. Maybe the TV (which they left) is capable of handling the heat? I'm considering adding a shelf to block the heat, but I'm not sure if this is a good idea.
So we decided to recess the area over the fireplace, instead. When we had our greatroom reveal, I think too much had been going on, because I didn't accurately cover the whole TV thing.Someone asked if we just didn't have one. And so today, I thought I'd go over what we did to conceal all the things, and still have a pretty mantel.