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If you're going to do a 5.1 set-up with a single pair of Surround speakers, they would be less distracting if placed in the back corners of the room, a foot or so above seated ear height, aimed towards the listening area. With your seating away from the back wall, you're an ideal candidate for a 7.1 set-up, with the Side speakers slightly forward of the listeners and Rear speakers in the back corners. In fact, on the right side, I would place the speakers just above the light switch plates (and copy those locations on the left side). This will give you wrap-around envelopment and side-vs-rear separation in the surround field that is not possible with only one pair of Surrounds.
If doing one pair of height speakers, then mount them on or in the ceiling a couple feet or so forward of the listening area. Again, with your seating away from the back wall, you are an ideal candidate for two pairs of height speakers, with each pair at roughly 45 degrees elevation forward & rearward of you (measure from your ears to the ceiling, that same distance forward & rearward of you on the ceiling is 45 degrees elevation). One pair of heights will let you hear left-vs-right movement overhead. Two pairs of heights will let you hear left-vs-right AND front-vs-back movement above you.
So even if you stick with a 5.2.2 set-up, keep in mind that your choice of seating location makes it easy to do a 7.2.4 set-up and take good advantage of what the additional speakers bring to the table.