Have you ever noticed that when you open the pages of design magazines something is usually missing from most living rooms? Need a hint? It’s the TV. It’s easy to understand why most issues of our favorite domicile publications ignore the giant black box, we get it. But what is the average homeowner to do? We’ve come up with a few tips to help you figure out where you should put your TV, and how to hide your TV so that it’s not the center of attention in your space.

Our favorite spot to put a TV is to incorporate it into shelving, built ins, and media centers. It generally takes the focus off of the TV and allows you to enhance the design, especially if you have another focal point in the room. Like a fireplace- mounting a TV up and out of the way above a fireplace seems logical, convenient, and undeniably cool. The practice of mounting a TV over a fireplace has somehow become extremely popular in the US. If you didn’t do it yourself, chances are very good that you know someone who has. However, there are serious issues with such placement- they all arise from the screen being mounted too high for the viewer. Viewing a television that is mounted higher than eye level can cause neck and back pain for the viewer. And LCDs look significantly worse if you're not looking at them straight on. Even the few degrees below their centerline like you'd have sitting on a sofa looking up at the TV can be profoundly different than what it looks like on-axis.

If you are in new construction and your builder has carved out the spot for your TV above the fireplace, or you don’t have enough space to place your TV in another location, consider cleverly disguising it. Here are some tips on how to cleverly conceal and above-fireplace television.