One of the most common mistakes that people make when choosing an HDTV is that they get one that is too small for the viewing distance. Insufficient budget for a larger one is certainly a good reason for going with a smaller model, but too often I hear people complain that they don’t want a “big ugly television” dominating their living room decor. I’ll grant that it is not easy to find furniture to enclose a large flat screen TV, but that doesn’t mean that you have to settle for a small screen either.
A blog called “Elements of Style” has an entry titled “Concealing the Evil Necessity” and presents some stunning examples of ways to hide or incorporate your television in your room design. (It also has a few examples that didn’t particularly work for me, but you may like them.) Choices range from pairing the wall-mounted set with a dark wallpaper to adding a picture frame around the flat panel. In general, the designs show that it is possible for an HDTV to work with the other visual elements in a room, rather than just be plopped into the middle of them. See if this doesn’t give you some design inspiration!