I have been taking my time trying to decide what to put over the fireplace in the living room. It’s has a very prominent place in our home and I didn’t want to rush into throwing anything up there. So it has been bare for the better part of the year, and to be honest, I don’t mind the rest that the bareness brings. But now that the chaos is dying down a little on our interior (knock on wood!), I’m itching to put something above our fireplace.
Like, it’s time. Here are the 3 things I’m considering with pros and cons to each and a round up of some options below.
1. A Mirror
I just love a mirror above a fireplace. It can make the whole room feel larger and add a ton of interest without really taking anything away from the structure. Plus, it’s perfect for layering additional art, plants, holiday decor–whatever. I really love the super vintage-y ones above a fireplace that look more like mercury glass.
A mirror is like a window, but does this room need another window? I don’t think it would necessarily reflect anything interesting as it’s a little high, so that’s a con. But maybe it would keep the peace the room has with nothing, but add a little interest.
Art was my initial go-to, of course. But being an art lover, it’s super difficult for me to commit to one piece for…ever? And I guess that’s where I need to draw the line and remind myself–whatever we put up there doesn’t have to be forever. But just for now. For a few years. A room can and should continue growing and evolving.
Right now, I’m really into abstracts and I think something neutral or dark would add a lot to the living room while still keeping the peace.
3. Frame TV
When we built the fireplace, we ran wires to hang a TV just in case we decided we’d want to. There’s even a hidden compartment on the side to hide electronics so this option is definitely in the running. The great thing about the Frame TV is that I can change the art whenever my mood changes.
The downside? There’s a TV in our living room and we wouldn’t want all of our family time centered around a screen or leave the TV on in the background. We also have a family room downstairs with a TV.
We’ve been weighing them out for a little while now and all three have pros and cons. I don’t think I’m going to go with the mirror, because I think I’ll put a mirror on the dining room side of this fireplace (oh yeah–this has been decision paralysis times 2! Haha, but art vs a frame TV. Let’s discuss!