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Q: My fiancé finally purchased the flat screen of his dreams, but the only spot that it fits is above the fireplace, and I’m afraid that our cozy living room is a thing of the past. What can we do to make it work?

Illustration of a man admiring his new flat screen.Tamara says....
First off, be sure that you have the correct mantel depth and distance to protect your new investment from heat and check that this location meets—or is close to—the viewing distance and height suggestions for the size of the television. Now, to make the big black box blend in, consider painting that wall, or the portion of drywall that encloses the venting, in a deeper colour, so that it doesn’t contrast with the black as much. You can soften the tech look by flanking the television area with wall sconces. Also, be sure to balance this massive new addition elsewhere in the room. For example, try curtain panels that go from several inches above the window to the floor, a large-scale, interesting piece of art or a series of black and whites with black frames.

Tamara Chiarello's interior design company, In Vision, does both residential and commercial work. Send her your decorating questions here.