A living room is a space for your friends and family to gather, making options for entertainment essential as you design. Having simply a coffee table with some magazines may look cultured and clean, but in reality, will bore your guests. A fireplace and TV bring fun functionality but can also clutter your room. I have some designer tips and tricks, from TV placement to room layout, that will help you tackle your space.
Family rooms can also be a daunting challenge due to the sheer amount of design elements involved. What furniture to purchase, how to arrange furniture, what type of fireplace will look best – these are just a few considerations to make before you even get to
Luckily, I’ve searched for you and discovered 30 inspiring designs that include both a TV and fireplace without feeling overcrowded.
This spacious example stacks appliances with a modern twist. The long ribbon fireplace adds an element of luxury to the design.
Tilting the TV will also help prevent neck strain when watching from a lower set couch. I personally like the spacious and inclusive shape of this tufted sectional.
Focus on the Fire
This design keeps you focused on the ambiance of the fire and the people around you instead of a TV screen. It is perfect for a family that is redecorating with quality time in mind.
Placing the TV next to the fireplace also adds a modern appeal without needing extra decor.
The distance from the fireplace and TV to furniture allows them to add ambiance instead of becoming the focal point.
The contrast between the warm wood and white make the design elegant and inviting at the same time. Arranging furniture in a circular fashion also keeps the TV visible from any seat.
These olive chairs pop without being too eclectic. A white fireplace exterior and neutral walls help balance the design.
If you arrange your living room furniture like this, it encourages conversation over screen time.
Another option for a space that keeps the TV secondary to the company gathering around the fireplace.
Having a cover over the TV prevents it from becoming an unwanted focal point.
This design creates two separate gathering spaces – one with the television, one without. Either room layout is functional for a variety of entertaining purposes with the fireplace inviting guests to relax on all sides.
Having a TV room is perfect for dinner parties including adults and children.
The floating mantel and shelves accent the contemporary furniture without letting it overwhelm this space.
I also like the neutral stone fireplace used here. The viewing angle of the TV is ideal from any seat.
This more traditional design features a classic stacked fireplace and TV set up.
The variety of seating in this living room layout will keep your space feeling fresh without forcing anyone to twist their neck to see the TV.
Unlike previous designs, this one has the TV as the focal point. I am inspired by the chaise lounge with the cozy corner stacked stone fireplace.
This layout is more spaced out, providing a space to relax independently or with company.
The mix of modern and natural elements in this design make it an inviting and adaptable space.
Using the fireplace as a feature in the formal dining room makes the transition from dinner to drinks even more natural. The open living room layout maintains a flow between both spaces.
I love the offset geometric design of this fireplace, mantel, and TV. An advantage of this design is that it makes the room pop without breaking from the neutral palette.
Making your living room more modern can be this easy!
A classic take on mid-century modern, this open concept design features a fireplace and TV without disrupting the natural flow of the room.
I like using green plants to complement the warmth of the wood coffee table and mantel.
Your fireplace and TV aren’t tied together – if you have the space, use it!
Putting the TV next to the fireplace gives you more opportunities to enjoy your room in a variety of contexts.
Size Conscious Designs
This smaller design is an excellent example of why it is important to mount your TV.
Considering a sectional as your living room furniture can also provide a modern layout to set the space apart if it backs up into your dining area.
Bold but Warm
Orange is a challenging color to incorporate – and this design nails it! The modern minimalist elements keep the space from feeling like it belongs in the 1970s.
I like that neither the TV nor fireplace are in the center, giving more freedom for when you arrange furniture.
Featuring your fireplace as a major design element is a simple way to update without having to change the entire living room layout.
I like the modern nature look of the polished geode fireplace next to the distressed wood mantel.
Traditional Family Space
Spice up a traditional rustic design with a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. The cool, jagged stone brings in a modern touch to avoid feeling like a home on the frontier.
Using a frame to mount the TV makes it part of the decor rather just than a hunk of black technology on the wall.
Take your modern design to the next level with an inset fireplace and mounted TV. This allows features such as the industrial hanging lamps to shine while maintaining your minimalist style.
This living room layout is excellent for a family that wants to spend time together, but not necessarily doing the same activity.
Step away from the traditional with a mantel below your fireplace rather than above it. This design creates additional seating when you host events without making you change the layout of your furniture.
The ribbon fireplace and mounted TV flow well in a modern space, which is why the classic mantel can easily be moved or removed.
The fireplace and stone wall shelves create an exceptional layered effect in this design. The multicolored stones make the appearance of the TV wall even more geometric.
I like that the smooth black stone of the fireplace creates a focal point that won’t be distracting when the TV is on.
Surrounding your TV and fireplace with floating shelves gives you furniture to display your decorations on without feeling cluttered.
The spacing of these shelves adds to the modern appeal while calling attention to your collection of decor.
This design is a book lover’s dream come true. I like the solid back for the TV and chimney with the furniture choices to keep the room modern.
If you plan to line your TV wall with bookcases, it is important to ensure that you have enough natural light to prevent the room from feeling small.
The textures of the fireplace and light fixture in this room turn the otherwise simplistic design into art.
I like the combination of hard lines and curves to add grace to this effect around the simple inset TV and ribbon fireplace. The furniture layout in this design is unique since it does not include a sofa.
Including both a TV and fireplace doesn’t mean your room has to feel focused on those elements.
Modern furniture such as these streamlined shelves prevents the appliances from taking over. The TV is a focal point without truly being the center of attention.
Frosty but Toasty
This all white design brings the chilly exterior inside – with some warming creature comforts, of course. I like that the wood coffee table maintains a natural look in the otherwise frigid space.
The fireplace and TV are simply featured over a white wall, a great choice for an open concept TV and dining area.
Looking for something new within your well-known space? Shift the focal point to make it feel like an entirely new space.
Having a corner fireplace and TV set up can create a unique design if you offset your furniture to face at angles. This can also help split a connected TV and dining room.
Fire grates are an important safety feature that also works as a beautiful design element.
They provide an opportunity for a bold accent that doesn’t require a full room redesign. A clear coffee table like this one also let the featured piece shine.
This wood cabin brings in the best of rustic and modern design. I like the old fashioned chimney for the fireplace as a fun accent.
The modern leather chairs and angled layout keep the room feeling up to date.
Side By Side
This unique living room layout uses a lower set couch to accommodate the side-by-side TV and fireplace.
Placing both appliances next to each other turns the focus to the modern gray background and minimalist accents. I love that this space opens completely to transform into an outdoor entertaining and dining area.
This traditional wood fireplace provides an important space saving option – firewood storage.
The unique layout of the TV and fireplace create a more spacious feeling in this small living room.
Tips and Tricks
I always suggest mounting your TV to save space. If you are limited on wall space, the best location for your TV is above your fireplace. If you want try a more modern layout, try offsetting your TV from your fireplace to create a geometric aspect to your design.
Consider your furniture layout and the importance of your TV and fireplace as focal points. If the TV is always playing a big game, bringing company to gather around it, then it should be visible from any seat. If you want to experience the ambiance and company above all, try a more circular arrangement.
There is more than wood or gas when it comes to choosing your fireplace. Picking a design that flows with your room is essential for it to feel natural and comfortable. I like to use ribbon fireplaces when designing more modern areas. Traditional wood fireplaces are excellent in living rooms that bring in some farmhouse or rustic elements.
Designing your family room is difficult, especially when you want to include multiple features such as a TV and fireplace. Considering your personal design style and space needs to be your first step when planning. Next, you can work on the layout and spacing of your furniture and decorations. You’ll know your family room has finally come together when your friends and family can’t stop coming together in your new space.
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