I just ran across a photo that urged me to write this post.
There are a lot of things people do in their homes, or TO their homes that annoy me, but I try not to judge, since the homeowner can do whatever he/she wants.
However, one such trend that I absolutely hate is the really popular idea of hanging a flat screen over a fireplace.
In RARE cases, it looks good, but I find that it almost always looks extremely tacky.
It just seems really ridiculous to me. The fireplace is meant to be a focal point in the room, and it's like putting a big neon sign over it. Not to mention that if the fireplace is working while you're trying to watch TV, it's incredibly visually distracting. It seems like a really trashy way to put something really modern over something old and traditional. I also find that the TV ends up being much too high on the wall. Why wouldn't you want it at a comfortable eye level when you're seated on the sofa?
I don't really know if there's one specific reason why I hate it so much, but I really do. I guess I see the fireplace as more of a sacred area for a fine piece of art, a beautiful mirror, or some other treasured objects. NOT A TV.