Locating the fireplace in the corner solves several problems at once. In this layout, the hearth is distinct from the TV location and clearly receives greater prominence, yet both can be comfortably appreciated from the common seating arrangement. There is ample room left over for additional furniture and circulation.
Locating the fireplace in the corner solves several problems at once. In this layout, the hearth is distinct from the TV location and clearly receives greater prominence, yet both can be comfortably appreciated from the common seating arrangement. There is ample room left over for additional furniture and circulation.

Few things say "home" more than a crackling fireplace. The warmth and glow of the hearth have nearly universal appeal. But like it or not, the fireplace often has to share the room with a TV. This poses a challenge to the designer — how to situate the fireplace and TV so that the fireplace receives greater emphasis, yet both can be enjoyed.

The example shown here illustrates a common set of circumstances — a family room with a centrally located standard fireplace. The scale of the room is intimate. Time will be spent focused on the fire or TV and circulation will fall to the perimeter. A flush hearth allows for comfortable seating nearby, while allowing space to stand next to the...

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