The 'best method' is particular to each setup and house layout really. My own experiences:
In one property, the master socket was moved from the hall to the living room, under the desk therein. In another, I ran a cable along skirting from hall to bedroom.
In my current house, I have a master face plate, with a filtered CAT6 cable run inside the wall, through the loft, and down to another faceplate in a bedroom.
Here's my logic. If I am to have a mix of cables in the run, I'd rather have the higher spec cable on the long run, and have the lower, CAT5 cable doing the 1-2 metre stuff.