Flat screen television
Pieter Estersohn

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Once viewed as an impediment to good design, the television has come full circle. In fact, in modern and contemporary spaces, a sleek flat screen complements the aesthetic.

"The new ones are designed so beautifully, I treat them as artistic installations," says Jose Soles Betancourt, a Washington, D.C., designer. "I'll treat the television as a painting." Atlanta designer Dan Carithers employed a similar tactic in the example at left, where a flat screen serves as part of a living room wall grouping.

SCREENPLAY: "Hide the television inside a glycine print, a fine art photograph, a photo of your family, or behind 1/4-inch mirrored glass, so it's disguised when you're not watching it," says Dallas designer Sherry Hayslip. "When you're ready to watch, you just punch a button."

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