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Marble and other stone countertops have been in vogue for years and years. Most stone countertops offer timeless beauty, are durable, appreciate in or maintain their value, provide a very unique variety as every piece is just a little bit different, and are readily available. But unfortunately, some stone and marble, in particular, is relatively soft and very porous, which means that certain substances can be extremely damaging. Vinegar, in particular, can create lasting damage if not treated right away.

Removing Vinegar from Your Marble Or Stone Surfaces

Follow these six steps to remove vinegar from your marble or stone surface.

  • Blot away any vinegar that is lingering on the surface. Be sure to do this immediately after the vinegar has been spilled.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto the surface.
  • Gently wipe the baking soda into the marble with a soft, damp cloth. Be cautious to ensure you do not scrub too hard, as that can damage the surface.
  • Rinse with water and dry with a soft towel. Be sure to use water and not another surface cleaner. The water will help to neutralize the pH in the vinegar, which can help prevent further damage.
  • Gently wipe away any remaining baking soda. As a reminder, baking soda is a light abrasive and it is also a natural disinfectant. So, be sure to use caution when wiping down the marble surfaces. Make sure you remove all traces of the baking soda so that any that is left doesn’t scratch the surface.

The Benefits of Cleaning Your Marble Surfaces With Baking Soda

Baking soda is an excellent solution for many cleaning needs due to its affordability. Baking soda also serves as an effective sanitizer, stain remover, and deodorizer. Since it does not contain any harsh chemicals, baking soda is less likely to scratch your marble or stone countertop or other surfaces.

With marble, it is crucial to avoid the use of basic household cleaners as they can inadvertently scratch or leave etchings in the surface of the stone. Either use a marble specific cleaner or a baking soda and water mixture. While vinegar is often recommended as a cleaning product, especially for kitchen surfaces, using vinegar on marble is a bad choice. Since vinegar is very acidic, it will furiously react with your beautiful marble and will create dull white marks (often referred to as etch marks) on your marble.

If you did not catch the vinegar stain early enough, and if the sprinkled baking soda and water combination does not remove the stain entirely, there are other more aggressive options. In some cases, a marble poultice will work. A poultice is a liquid chemical cleaner (such as hydrogen peroxide, acetone, ammonia, or a commercial rust remover) that is then mixed with a white absorbent material (such as baking soda, chalk, or powdered talc), which forms a peanut-butter type paste. The poultice is gently wiped over the stained area with a wooden or plastic spatula and is then covered with plastic and left for between 24 and 48 hours. This thick paste-like mixture well then pull the stain out during the time it is left to penetrate.

The best way to avoid vinegar stains is to avoid the use of vinegar products near your marble or stone surface. Ensure that family members, as well as any professional cleaners, know not to use vinegar in your kitchen for cleaning.

If none of these approaches work, Castles Home Service is always here to help! Our Natural Stone Restoration services and marble Anti-Etch treatments with 10-year warranties are extremely effective and will get your countertops looking like new for years to come!

Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular for homeowners. In some cases, homeowners are forgoing the more traditional wooden deck instead of stone patios, complete with built-in kitchens and outdoor ovens. These outdoor kitchens used to be common for the rich and famous, but are now making their way into more modest backyards as well. Most homeowners that opt for these outdoor spaces view the indoor kitchen as just another room in the home, but the outdoor kitchen is one that provides an array of experiences for family and friends.

Today’s outdoor kitchens boast pizza ovens, stoves, built-in grills, sinks with running water, and fireplaces or fire pits for roasting marshmallows. In addition to all of these fun features to help with food preparation, these outdoor spaces are often outfitted with canopies, overhead lighting, refrigeration, bar space, and much more. But as more and more people look to design these kitchens, also important is the countertop surface that much of the food preparation takes place on.

What Surfaces Are Best for Outdoor Kitchen Counters?

When outside, today’s backyard chefs want all of the comfort and convenience that they have in their indoor kitchen. And in many cases, they want their outdoor cooking space to be above and beyond what they have inside. For that reason, the countertop material that is used is especially important to ensure both functionality as well as pleasing aesthetics. Thus, most homeowners select one of the following surface materials for their outdoor kitchen countertop.

Granite is the most popular choice for these unique outdoor spaces. This durable stone can hold its own even in the most extreme of elements, and homeowners can select from a wide range of colors to match the look that they are going for. Granite can withstand heat, and when it is sealed properly, it can also resist mold, mildew, and a plethora of stains.

Soapstone is also a popular choice. As it is a dense material, soapstone doesn’t need to be sealed and it does not fade over time. However, soapstone counters should be treated on occasion with mineral oil to enhance the natural darkening process that the stone will experience.

Tile is trendy for outdoor kitchens in climates that are warmer year-round. Porcelain and granite tiles are less likely to fade than ceramic tile. But grout can easily stain, so a darker grout color is best, especially for use outdoors.

Concrete does an excellent job of withstanding the elements, but these counter surfaces need to be sealed regularly to prevent staining. It is also recommended that concrete be installed by a professional to prevent cracking.

While quartz and Formica are very popular for indoor kitchens, they are not as effective in exterior environments. Quartz can fade with prolonged exposure to the sun, and Formica is not designed to handle moisture and humidity. If the home is in a humid climate, the Formica countertop will likely warp and quickly deteriorate.

When designing an outdoor kitchen, it is essential to take time to research the surfaces that will work best based on the geography of your home. As these outdoor cooking spaces are often created as backyard focal points and are intended to create special experiences, it is crucial that the right materials and countertop surfaces are used during initial construction. This will help homeowners to avoid costly repair and replacement later on.

Your kitchen is often the room in your home where you spend the most time (other than your bedroom) and is often a place where people congregate when guests are visiting. Having a comfortable and inviting kitchen space is the dream and desire of many homeowners. When looking to renovate your kitchen, you will likely be focusing on an update to the cabinetry and countertops, as these are main focal points within the room and serve a critical role in storage and food preparation.

So if you are a do-it-yourselfer, then it is critical that you get the proper measurements the first time so that you don’t end up frustrated and out hundreds if not thousands of dollars when your mid-sized cabinets arrive. To begin the process of measuring your cabinets, make sure you have a tape measure, pencil, and grid-lined paper available.

You may wish to start by drawing a floor plan of the kitchen space so that you can ensure the proper size of cabinetry, leaving room for the other critical items such as appliances, doorways, windows, and anything else that you need to work around. The grid-lined paper will serve you well here, as you can leverage each cube within the space to represent a unit of measurement (centimeters, inches, or feet, depending on the size of the space you are working with). Inches are recommended.

Once you have drafted the space, inclusive of the items mentioned above that will take up a specific space within the room, you are ready to start taking horizontal and vertical measurements within the space. To measure the full height of a wall, start from one corner and work your way clockwise. Know that standard base kitchen cabinets are 24 inches deep and 36 inches high. Usually, they sit directly on the floor or occasionally rest upon a toe kick riser, which is 4 inches. So, be sure to measure from one edge of the wall to the other, then label the walls (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) on your paper.

Once you have made note of the wall lengths, measure smaller segments of the walls, such as from a corner to the adjacent window, or to the space where your refrigerator will go. As you did with the walls, be sure to number or label each opening so that you can make reference later and prevent confusion.

Next, you will need to measure vertically, by measuring from the floor to the windowsill, And then from the windowsill to the top of the window, and then from the top of the window to the ceiling. Then, measure from the floor to the ceiling in multiple spots throughout the kitchen (three or four) as some ceiling heights can vary, especially in older homes.

Throughout the measurement process, make a note of any obstructions such as pipe location, outlets, radiators, vents, and anything else that can not be moved. Finally, be sure to double check the measurements when you’re done to ensure accuracy.

Now, you are ready to think through the types of cabinets that will work best in your space. . Keep in mind these final tips, as it is critical to select the correct height for your wall cabinets specific to your space, taking into account any crown molding or other obstructions that you must work around:

  • For kitchens with an 8’ ceiling and a 12” soffit remaining, or an 8’ ceiling and a desire for cabinets that do not stretch all the way to the ceiling, 30” wall height cabinets are suggested.
  • For an 8’ ceiling and when you want to install crown molding finished to the ceiling, 36” wall height cabinets are suggested.
  • If you have a 9’ ceiling, then 42” wall height cabinets are recommended. Generally, any wall cabinets with a height more than 42”, will need to be custom-made.

As always, if you need help with tile or natural stone countertop installation and restoration, we’re always here to help! Contact Castles Home Service today with any questions.

If you love your home but have a small kitchen, and moving or a pricy renovation aren’t an option, don’t fret. There are a variety of easy strategies that you can adapt to help your tiny kitchen feel bigger, practically growing overnight. Check out these methods below, and you’ll be well on your way to that perceived roomier kitchen of your dreams.

Backsplash & Color

If you’re tight on space, consider using a white natural stone or tile backsplash and repainting cabinets and other woodwork to a white or very light and neutral color. The white in these materials, especially when combined with natural light and overhead lighting, will brighten the room, creating a sense of space.

Natural Light

Let that light in. A kitchen is not the best place for heavy window coverings. Rather, a simple set of horizontal blinds or perhaps just a valance if privacy isn’t necessary, is more than adequate. In fact, the horizontal lines from the blinds can actually create a perception of increased size. Most importantly here is to make use of the natural light coming in through the window, and seeing that when the window is open, it actually makes your kitchen feel bigger.

Open It Up

Replace some or all of your cabinet doors with a mullion or accent design. While this does create a need to keep your dishes tidy and neat behind those doors, that tidy look will actually help create a sense of order, further enhanced by the glass panels which create a look of depth and add a lovely focal point to the kitchen space. Most homeowners choose these accent doors to display precious heirlooms passed down from earlier generations such as China or other precious dinnerware.

Lose The Clutter

Along the lines of the tidy look we mentioned above, it is important to reduce if not lose the clutter altogether. If you have a corner space, consider installing a corner appliance cupboard where toasters, electric can openers, coffee makers, and other small appliances can hide vs. displaying out in the open.

Accent Lighting

Add accent lighting underneath and above your cabinetry. If your cabinets do not stretch all the way to the ceiling, adding lighting above the cabinets will help cast a gentle illumination, as well as mounting lighting underneath the cabinetry.

Negative Space

Avoid filling all of your floor space. If you have a small kitchen with limited cabinetry or counter space, you may be tempted to add a portable center island space or to tuck some other rolling shelving system into a corner. But often times, the addition of these mechanisms can make a room feel crowded; and while they may provide what you believe to be more workspace if you can’t move freely around the room or feel cramped, this additional workspace is likely counterproductive (pun intended). To that end, if you have an eat-in kitchen, consider a table that has folding leaves so that you can drop down a side or two of the table when it is not in use.

Stainless Appliances

If buying new appliances now or when the time comes for replacement, look for stainless steel which can create reflections, making additional use of that light in the room. Shiny surfaces help the light to bound through the room and amplify the space.

Try these tips to open up your kitchen, and let us know how they worked for you!

Your fireplace is the primary focal point in the room. It creates balance, and when designed correctly, it becomes that part of the room that draws you and welcomes you to stay. And today’s trendy home builders and homeowners alike continue to be drawn to reclaimed wood, brick, and stone fireplaces that help create that warm and cozy feeling.

If stone is the material you select, it is important to consider the different options available to you, and what stone will best suit the personality of your home. This list below provides insight into the stone categories that you will need to choose from.

  • Manufactured or natural – This really comes down to personal preference as today’s manufactured stones have a natural or “real” appearance to them, and one might not realize that the stone isn’t real until approaching closely. Even then, it is often difficult to tell them apart. And the cost isn’t all that far apart nowadays either, though you will likely find the manufactured stone is priced just a bit less than its real counterpart. So, it really comes down to durability. As a manufactured stone is usually tinted with a paint color to achieve the desired look, it is more likely that these stones will begin to fade or discolor over time, whereas a natural stone fireplace will hold its original look. Manufactured stone, on the other hand, is much lighter in weight and is, therefore, easier to install.
  • Cut and color – With stone fireplaces, and anything made out of stone, there are a variety of cuts to consider. Really, this is about the look you are trying to achieve. Are you looking for an elegant and formal look, or maybe a rustic look for your lake home, or maybe a very clean look to go with your modern décor; again, this is all about your personal preference. In this case, you will want to consider the furniture in the room, and the carpet that you will be installing (or that is already in place).

Very much tied to design as we outline below, is ensuring you are familiar with the common cuts that many people select from today. You’ll see terms such as stacked stone, mountain ledge, rough cut, country rubble, and more. These are all various cuts that your stone fireplace can be designed with.

  • Design – This will often be driven by the type of space that you are working with, as well as the type of home (colonial, arts & crafts, etc.) that you have. You will also need to consider the style of the mantel that will accompany your fireplace, as this may work better with some stones and cuts over others. A key factor for your mantel design will be the clearance above the fireplace, which is often driven by the fireplace manufacturer’s instructions and safety precautions. Floating mantels are becoming more and more popular and can be made from most materials to match the overall look that you are going for.
  • Hearth – Some homeowners are electing to forego the traditional hearth, which is the bench-style structure set just underneath the fireplace mechanism. Again, this may be driven by the space you are working with, and more likely by the safety precautions and guidelines provided by the manufacturer.

If you have any questions about restoring your stone fireplace or other stonework in your home, contact us today!

Whether new tile can be matched to old tile is a common dilemma among homeowners, especially when a tile becomes damaged or is broken. The answer to whether you can match new tile or not is yes. It was more common for older tiles to be 12- by 12- inches instead of the 16- and 20- inch tiles that have become popular today. Even if your old tile is broken or has been damaged in other ways, you can replace it with a new one that will blend in with the original floor plan. Here are five ways to match new tile flooring in your home.

Hunt for the Original Tiles

Do your research because you never know if you might find the same tile as the original one. Visit stores in person, check out websites, and take advantage of the filtering system that has been designed to make sure you find exactly what you’re looking for. For example, if you’re looking for a tile in a certain shape and color, enter those factors into the filtering system. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll get to where you want to be.

Find a Close Match

What if you can’t find a match to your original tile no matter how hard you researched? That’s okay because you’ll at least be able to find a close match that will not only solve your problems but will also look great. Take a piece of your tile with you to a local store and hold it next to other tiles until you find the tile that looks closest to it. Don’t be afraid to ask an employee for help. Online retailers will also accept pictures of your tile being emailed to them so that they can better assist you as well.

Avoid the New Combined With Old Look

A common mistake among homeowners is matching new tile based on what’s trendy and fresh on the market. As stated previously, newer tiles aren’t the same as older tiles, and what’s trendy has a different meaning in today’s age versus the 1900s. When matching your tile, consider the time frame your house was built in. You don’t want to put trendy tiles from 2019 into a bathroom with a 50’s style bathtub, sink, and toilet. You will hate it.

Use Care When Designing

Matching tile is an art, and it’s easy to mess up and create a piece that just doesn’t look good. So when you’re shopping, don’t throw colors and designs together. Take every piece into consideration. Pair patterns with plain tiles and make sure to limit your color palette. A rule of thumb when matching tile is to vary in shapes, not color.

Be Consistent

If one area is going to look a certain way, then so should the rest of the room. Match the tiles the exact same way for each square foot. You can use different sizes and colors but keep the shapes and design the same for the entire area.

Nothing says luxury and class quite like Travertine tile. Travertine is a limestone that offers strong durability, but also is relatively porous versus other materials that are often used in flooring. Because of that porousness, Travertine presents unique challenges when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. Let’s take a look at the proper ways to keep your beautiful Travertine shining bright.

How Often Should You Clean Your Travertine Floor?

Most people think that cleaning natural stone tile flooring has to be a major chore. The truth is that if you keep up on them regularly, they don’t have to be a drag on your regular day. You can do yourself a favor and sweep or vacuum the floor regularly. This will keep dirt and debris from pushing into the corners, and building up.

Beyond sweeping and vacuuming, you will want to mop and disinfect the floor, typically about once a month. Every few months, you should give your tile a deep clean, making sure to scrub the grout and all the corners. How often this all happens depends a little bit on what goes on inside your home, but these are good general guidelines.

What You Need To Clean Your Tile

Before you get started, you’ll want to make sure that you have everything you need to get the job done properly. Here’s a look at what you need –

  • A vacuum or broom
  • A mop
  • A bucket with ample capacity
  • Mild, non-acidic dish soap
  • A towel for drying
  • Baking soda
  • A small scrub brush
  • Surface stone sealer

When you clean your floors, you’ll want to avoid using any kind of abrasive cleaner at all. You’ll also want to steer clear of anything acidic. Acid-based cleaners don’t play well with Travertine and will stain and discolor your floor.

The Cleaning Process

1.       Vacuuming and Sweeping

As we mentioned earlier, the best way to be sure that your floor stays clean is to vacuum or sweep it at least every week. Dirt and dust that builds up on the floor can lead to unsightly scratches, and cause your tile to dull prematurely. If you keep up on it regularly, sweeping the flooring is typically pretty quick and easy.

2.       Mopping

As with any hard flooring, mopping is a necessity for keeping it clean. Use warm water, and be sure to change it often.  Don’t saturate tiles with water since it can penetrate down through the sealant or into the grout lines. This can cause discoloration and the development of mildew and mold.

3.       Disinfecting Your Floor

Because the tile is porous, it’s important to disinfect it regularly. Failing to do so can cause a buildup of mildew or food-borne parasites. Use about a tablespoon of non-acidic detergent in your mop bucket, and use that to lightly dampen the floor as you mop. Once done, you’ll want to give it a rinse-mop with fresh water.

4.      Cleaning The Grout

The grout is an important part of your tile flooring. It allows the tile to expand and contract as needed and helps keep them in place, without putting them under pressure. The grout acts as a bit of a buffer between individual tiles, so they stay neatly aligned.

The problem with grout is that it’s the number one place in your tile flooring that is susceptible to water damage, and discoloration. When you have water that penetrates your grout and sits, you run an increased risk of mold development, which can lead to having to tear the floor out altogether.

To clean the grout, mix water and baking soda in equal parts. In the end, you should have a paste with a gritty texture. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the paste into the grout channel. Just be careful not to scratch the edges of your precious tiles.

5.       Sealing The Travertine

We’ve mentioned the porousness of Travertine more than once, and that’s because it’s important to remember when you think about cleaning and maintaining your tile. Sealing your Travertine gives it a shield against water, scratch-causing debris, and other dirt.

When sealing the tile, be sure to use a sealant that will penetrate the surface, and leave you with a water-resistant surface that will last for years to come. Or call us at Castles Home Service and we can take care of the cleaning and sealing of your Travertine floor for you professionally.

Travertine tile is one of the most sophisticated and premium options for stone flooring. Regular cleaning maintenance and sealing will keep your floor looking great for decades.

When you think of engineered stone, you may wonder what you’re actually getting, and we’re here to help. Engineered stone is often times referred to as quartz.  If you install a stone quartz countertop, you may think that they are all natural, which is true if you are using granite or marble. With engineered stone, you are getting quartz, but the counters are held together by quartz crystals with a resin binder. This gives it a similar look to natural stone. However, because there are some manmade materials in the stone, it has benefits that are not available for natural materials.

Attractive

Quartz materials are generally compressed into the slabs that you see at the store. You will notice they have a color and texture that is close to granite or slate. However, there is a major difference between quartz and granite. The color of quartz is uniform compared to the natural materials.

Countertops

Many countertops that are made from natural materials differ in color slightly when you use them throughout your whole kitchen area. However, when using engineered stone, you will notice that the color and hue remain the same for a more unified look throughout.

You have a few color choices with engineered stone as well. These colors are more earth tone colors which include rose, grays, and many more earthy tones. These colors you will find are mostly the natural colors found in the mineral but if you desire you can add colorants for a different tone.

Wear Well

When the engineered stone is finished, it is a very hard, durable material. In fact, it is almost as hard as granite. The advantage that this stone has over granite is that it will not crack as easily. Engineered stone is also very heat resistant. This means your hot pans will not leave a ring on the countertop if you set them down. Engineered stone is also known for being scratch and cut resistant.

Easy Clean-up

If you have a natural stone countertop, you will notice that the countertop is porous. This will cause bacteria to form and is tough to clean. However, with quartz, the countertops are known for not absorbing liquids. This makes it easy to disinfect and keep clean. Not only does it help with cleanliness it keeps food safety at a maximum because your raw meats aren’t soaking into your counters.

What Stains?

When you are working with engineered stone, you will notice that they stand up to a lot of abuse very well. Whereas natural stone is very prone to staining especially from oils and wines.

Options Galore

Engineered stone countertops have a variety of different natural colors to choose from, not to mention you can add additional colors to achieve the perfect look for your kitchen. So, when remodeling your kitchen, you are sure to find the perfect color of sandstone for your home.

Conclusion

Natural stone has a beautiful look, but the upkeep can be a lot. Natural stone is prone to cracking, scratching, and staining. So, if you are not looking for high-maintenance, then you may want to go with the equally beautiful and more durable engineered stone.

When it comes to stone masonry, you are going to realize no matter how strong the materials are that it will likely eventually crack. However, can you repair this and is it going to cost an arm and a leg to do so?

It is possible to repair cracked stone masonry. It is best left to an expert like Castles Home Service to replace and repair and repair stone masonry.

What is Stone Masonry?

Stone masonry has been around for hundreds of years. In fact, stone masonry itself is an ancient form of masonry. It was thought that because the stone is so strong that it would last a lifetime. Which, in all reality, it really can, but many people opt out of using old-fashioned techniques and use modern ones. Modern techniques of installing masonry have been proven to make the stone less durable and more prone to cracking or falling.

Brick is one of the most common materials used in masonry, and it is made of fired clay. It is popular because it comes in many different colors. It is one of the more high-priced finishes, but it is great because it repels water and is easy to maintain. Plus, in the long run, it is actually less expensive. Brick masonry will last around 100 years.

Another form of masonry is concrete block masonry. This type of work is more common among industrial building applications. This form of masonry can last anywhere from 50 to 80 years. However, these are not waterproof and will need to be resealed every 10 years.

What Causes Stone Masonry Damage?

Erosion

The most obvious factor for damage to stone masonry is erosion. While erosion may not cause issues to the structure itself, it may cause outer damage. This could mean the surface stones wear away and the mortar joints have issues. This leads to cracks and taking in water.

Water

Water is honestly, the worst enemy of stone masonry because of how it freezes and thaws. These different freeze cycles are known to cause cracks. You will notice the water is causing issues if you see discoloration on your stone. You can also expect to see dark patches. This is where the water has soaked into the surface. This is not a big deal immediately but will be in the future if not fixed.

How to Fix a Cracked Stone Masonry

One of the most common fixes is called repointing. This would mean replacing the damaged mortar between your stones or choice of material. It is important that you are replacing the old mortar with an equal strength mortar. You also want to make sure the appearance is the same as well. This will help prevent future cracking. If you add a stronger mortar mixture, your wall won’t be able to handle the freeze cycles as well.

Conclusion

Can you Repair Cracked Stone Masonry?  When it comes to cracked stone masonry, your best bet is to replace the problem. This can be hard an unforgiving work, but you can hire a professional like Castles Home Service to handle it for you professionally. Take a look at some of our before and after photos and you’ll see what is possible.

It makes sense – you have a beautiful, inviting fireplace that serves as a focal point in your living area. It only makes sense to orient the furniture around this welcoming feature in your home. But what about the TV? If the furniture placement indicates anything, it’s likely you’re thinking the perfect spot is right above the mantle.

Unfortunately, experts disagree with this placement for many reasons; from an ergonomically correct position to potential heat damage. We’re going to take a look at the reasons you shouldn’t mount your TV over your fireplace.

Heat and Electronics Don’t Mix

Electronics don’t do well with heat. They warp and degrade in the presence of high temperatures, while conductive materials actually fray and cause shorts within the circuitry of the television.

Smoke is a separate, but equally important concern. Smoke and particulate from fires can rise and leave a hazy film on your television, which requires quite a bit of upkeep if you wish to make the most of that 1080p resolution.

It’s Not Ergonomic

TV placement above a fireplace typically results in stiff necks. Ideally, the most comfortable position to view any kind of entertainment is at eye-level. When we hold our necks in an uncomfortable position for long periods, we experience temporary discomfort that can lead to long-term issues like chronic headaches.

Physical therapists who specialize in musculoskeletal issues confirm – much like the concerns we have of sitting for too long at our desks, hunched over at our computers – the effects of watching television in an unnatural position have lasting consequences.

Anything above 35 degrees from the horizontal plane of eye level prevents the neck stabilizer muscles from functioning. When those muscles become compromised, they cause a shearing force in the cervical spine, causing lots of pain.

Screen Quality Gets Compromised

With LCD/LED TVs, the viewing angle is everything. Because their composition consists of tiny, shuttered windows that control the flow of backlight to produce the images, they have limited viewing angles. If you prefer to mount your television, consider buying a tilted wall mount that has enough of a downward angle to allow for a more direct view of the screen. Sometimes, you may even find wall mounts that drop the TV closer to eye level to improve both contrast and color saturation.

If tilted mounts aren’t your thing, try an OLED TV, which is known for having a myriad of viewing angles, no matter the placement.

Alas, if the layout of your living space limits your options, leaving you feeling defeated, there are some things you can do to try and mitigate the negative aspects of having a TV mounted above the fireplace:

  • You can try to place your seating further back to lower the angle of your neck as you view your shows.
  • You might opt for a reclined position while you watch TV.
  • You can refrain from having a fire going while you watch TV, so the lighting from the screen and the fireplace don’t compete.
  • You can have your TV professionally installed for proper cable management and expert suggestions for how to get the most out of your TV’s new position.