Although antiquated box TVs took up considerable space as bulky pieces of furniture, modern flat screen TVs offer considerable versatility in placement. Here are a few innovative but practical ideas on flat screen TV location.
On the Wall
Placing your TV directly on the wall with a mounting kit enables you to save space and position it for premium viewing. Consider enhancing its appearance by surrounding it with a stylish frame. When the TV is not in use, upload a slideshow of paintings or photographs and use it as a digital art showcase.
Because fireplaces comprise the centerpieces of many living rooms, mounting flat screen TVs above them is a popular solution. However, excess temperatures and ash accumulation can damage your TV, so test the location with a thermometer to be sure the mantle sufficiently blocks the heat.
Flat screen TVs look great atop entertainment centers or chests of drawers. Alternatively, minimize your TV's impact in a room by placing it in the center of built-in shelving, modular shelving or corner shelves.
If you want to avoid making your flat screen TV the centerpiece of the room, tuck it out of sight in a cabinet or closet. You can also recess it into the wall and cover it with a piece of art when not in use. To further integrate it into your decor, surround it with an eclectic art collection. Remember to also allow space to hide the wires and components.
When integrating your flat screen TV into a room, be sure to consider reflections from light sources and proper height and distance for optimum viewing.