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Why hide your television? People generally want to know how to hide a television because they don't want the television to be the focus of the room unless it's being watched. Granted, some TVs are easier to hide than others are, but there are things you can do to make the television less noticeable.

So, what are your choices? Well, there are a couple of ways to go.

  • You can hide the TV in a lovely armoire that you can close whenever you have visitors.

  • You can get a flat-panel TV that can be mounted above the fireplace mantle. Some flat panel TVs have a slot for a memory card, so you can use the television like a large digital photo frame displaying a series of your favorite photos when not watching reality TV.

  • You can have the TV recessed into the ceiling, depending, of course, on what's above the room. The recessed TV isn’t visible until you are ready to watch; then, just push the remote and the TV descends from above.

  • You can hide a TV in the footboard of your bed. The thin displays now make it possible to recess a TV into the footboard. Press a button, and up it pops. You can also find these pop-up TVs available as side tables, hutches, and other similar pieces of furniture.

  • To really hide the television, you can even get a television that converts to a mirror when not in use.

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Katharine Kaye McMillan, former senior editor of a New York City-based national magazine, is a writer whose work appears regularly in magazines and newspapers. She is a contributing writer to internationally circulated Florida Design Magazine. She is the co-author of several books on decorating and design, including Sun Country Style, which is the basis for licensed signature collections of furniture and accessories by three leading American manufacturers and importers. A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, she holds a masters degree in psychology and is a doctoral student in psychology at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida.

Patricia Hart McMillan is a nationally known interior designer, whose interior design work for private clients, designer showcases, and corporations has appeared in publications worldwide, including the New York Times and USA Today. Known as a trend spotter and for clearly articulated views on design, she is quoted frequently and extensively in both trade and consumer publications. She a ppears on TV and talk radio. A prolific writer, she is coauthor and author of seven books on interior design and decoration, with Sun Country Style signature collections of furniture based on two books. She has taught decorating courses at several colleges and conducted numerous seminars across the U.S. She is decorating editor for Christian Woman Magazine and reports on design trends for The Sun-Sentinel, a Tribune newspaper based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She has been editor-in-chief of two publications and was head of a New York City-based public relations firm representing some of the most prestigious names in home furnishing and building products. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in art history (with an emphasis in architecture), from the State University of New York (New Paltz). She was awarded a certificate from The New York School of Interior Design.

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