I really think the advent of the flat screen makes displaying them much less an issue than it used to be back in the days of the bulky CRT (or even worse, the rear projection monsters). Today's TVs are sleek and stylish in there own right and can easily find a place to be put out on 'display' in modern homes. In other words, you can throw them pretty much anywhere.
To master the art of displaying TVs in unexpected places (and thus, turning it into some form of artful modern day tech living), you'll want to consider the following:
- Don't display it right in the middle, begging for attention.
- Don't show every single one of your home theater components.
- Actually, surprise people with those components, just like you would the TV (a receiver on a shelf always gives a classical/traditional edge to it).
- Watch those proportions; don't let the TV overwhelm the furnishings.
- Make wrangling those wires an art.
- Experiment different colored frames for your flat screen.
- Although it may not be the center of attention, make sure there's an appropriate watching area still available if you wish to have a seat.
- Or, if it's just used as a digital photo frame, surround it with other 'real' frames.
Now, the hard question. What to put on these TVs? I've always found Apple TV's Flickr slideshow screensaver feature to be rather calming. What do you guys think?