When you enter our house from the garage, a half wall creates a little entry, and this is the view into the family room. Attractive, no?
The view from the kitchen – it is nice to be able to see the fireplace but the TV is mostly obscured. That pole has to go, but that’s a story for another day.
Because of the room layout with windows and doorways, mounting the TV over the fireplace makes the most sense although it wouldn’t be my first choice design-wise. Here is my mock-up with craft paper of the big huge black box over the mantle.
(Before I get hate mail: I realize mounting the TV over the fireplace is controversial from both a design and electronics safety stand point. More on that later.)
The semi-gloss paint was a bad choice for me. It illuminates every nook and cranny of the brick.
Texture in a room = good, but shiny brick = bad.