2. Blend the TV into the room. "Most folks don't realize that throwing a giant TV up there really turns the space into a sports bar rather than a cozy living room. That is, unless you try adding a couple of bookshelves, paint, and some nick-nacks to even out the wall's focus from 'just the TV.' It's amazing what a few aesthetic changes can do."
3. Don't force placement when there are better options. "There are people out there who want a TV above the fireplace, even when it makes no sense at all. Unless you have plenty of wall estate, or an indent that allows for easy installation, sometimes you just can't force it. More often than not, there's plenty of nearby areas that can serve as a great spot for a wall-mounted TV." 4. Sketch it all out. "You'll probably want a quick checklist of all the things you'll need in order to pull it off. We break it up into a categorized hit list: mounting equipment, wire management, proper power allocation, sound equipment (if you're putting speakers into the walls, this gets super complicated), and the TV itself. Like most things, it's often better to plan it all out and check the list twice before jumping into the deep end." Got a tip to share for mounting a TV above a fireplace? Let us know in the comments... (Images: Trevor Tondro for The New York Times, Today's Creative Blog, Hilton & Hyland)