Behind Closed Doors
It's logical to hang a flat-screen TV above the fireplace, because the screen is often the focal point of the room and easily viewed in that spot. But for those times when you want the spotlight on your fire, the TV is best kept out of sight. A built-in extension above the mantel allows you to quickly hide your television when the family gathers around the fire.
Cover your wall-mounted television with a piece of art. While this could be a weekend project for an ambitious (and talented) DIYer, there are several products on the market that can help you achieve the look—and they even come with a remote control. (Keep it close to your television remote so you don’t miss kickoff!)
Vintage School Map
For a midcentury modern decor, go old school with a vintage hanging map. Vintage school maps are easily found on eBay and Craigslist, so you should be able to track down one that has meaning to you—a reminder of your favorite trip abroad or cross-country road trip. This solution is not only easy, it’s educational too.
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Once you’ve mastered securely mounting a flat-screen TV, hanging artwork should be a piece of cake. This solution utilizes sliding closet tracks and two panels of artwork to cover the television. While you could purchase coordinating pieces of artwork, this is a fine opportunity to create your own!
In the Fireplace
If you have a fireplace that no longer works—or that you're not permitted to use—recruit it to house your television. Although the TV won't be completely hidden, it will be out of the normal line of sight and could be easily covered by a decorative fireplace screen when you're hosting guests.
Hang curtains on a wall so you can quickly conceal and reveal your hanging flat-screen TV. Another spin on this method would be to hang the television between two smaller windows and mount a curtain rod to span the width of both windows and the television. In this way, you could create the illusion of a full wall of windows and hide your TV at the same time.
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