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I've resisted the large flat screen TV for a while now, but when my 10-year-old son's friend came over the other day and asked if our TV was a computer, I decided maybe it was time to graduate. I think it's interesting to see how people choose to handle the large screens — to hide or not to hide? Here are some ideas that appeal to me.

When these sliding panels close to conceal the TV, they visually disappear into the wall, which will then reads as panelled. Cool.

In this case, the designer chose to showcase the TV and suspend it from a pole in the corner of the room. An interesting approach — minimal and uncomplicated.

Here the TV is balanced by all the books and accessories that surround it. When the TV's turned off, the shelf displays take centre stage.

I'd love to know how this one works — a part of the TV surround must open up to allow the homeowner to access the TV when needed? Unless I'm reading this wrong and it's actually art. What do you think? Regardless, it looks great.

Here's a freestanding option from Restoration Hardware that's also unapologetic, treating the flat screen like a piece of art and displaying it on an easel. Polished nickel updates the look. The locking wheels make it easy to move around. In a condo/apartment/loft where living is all on one floor, this would be especially useful.

For more on where to hang TVs, read TV Placement and How To Hang A Flat-Panel Television.

Photo credits:
1. Mali Azima
2. Elle Decor, photography by Simon Upton
3. Lonny
4. Elle Decor, photography by Pieter Estersohn
5. Polished-Nickel TV Easel, Restoration Hardware

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