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My first recommendation for flat panel installation? Recess those puppies into your walls. This requires hiring a carpenter and ain't exactly cheap. But it totally saves a space from becoming "that TV room." What does this entail? Drywall needs to be cut, 2x4s are installed for framing — like creating a soffit. Electricity has to be pulled up into a new outlet installed just behind where the TV will sit. After that's done, drywall work needs to happen.
Then there's sneaky, functional, task-oriented placement. I'm a huge fan of small-to-medium size flat panels worked into kitchens. Keeping them off the countertop is key; either mount them to the bottom of your cabinets or have a custom space cut out for them within upper cabinetry.
You can stay entertained while prepping food, then relax with company to enjoy your meal. Guess who watches TV with pretty much every meal he enjoys? Me.
While armoires and media cabinets can actually contribute to media taking over your space, fitting your flat panel into an architectural element is a great way to minimize the techno-presence. It works well here recessed into a column; it's just as effective on a partition wall.
Something else that's becoming more and more popular is the sliding flat panel cover. When the TV is off, the sliding doors come together to totally conceal it. Take this one step further by adding art or patterned wallpaper to the front.