A Good Coverup: Smart Decor Tricks for Hiding Appliances and Eye-Sores around the House
When you move into a new home or apartment, you don’t get the luxury of creating a blueprint and placing everything in an organized format. Many old houses have inconvenient placement of electrical outlets, water hoses, and other appliances merely because of the way they were designed many years ago. You may not have money to make renovations so you have more space for appliances like water heaters, washers or dryers, so you are forced to leave these cumbersome machines out in the open. Instead of hiring an electrician to tear down drywall, install walls and rewire your living space, consider using a few interior design tricks for covering up eyesores and appliances throughout your home.
Draw the Curtains
In many older homes, there was no floor plan that included a washer and dryer because they were not invented until after the home was built. For this reason, many homeowners are forced to place these machines anywhere that can handle the electrical draw or provides water. Unfortunately, this means that many homes have these large appliances plainly in sight in kitchens and bathrooms. Depending on the dimensions of the room, you can use a shower curtain rod to hang curtains to the cover area when it is not in use. You can install the curtain rod near the ceiling so that the curtains cover the entire area from floor to ceiling, or perhaps only partial cover is needed. Either way, you can enlist the help of fun patterns and bold colors on your curtains to turn a pseudo laundry room into an innovative décor solution.
Create a Work of Art
Sometimes, there will be unsightly leftover fixtures on the wall from technology of the past. For example, an old stovepipe hole in a home that now has central heat or an unused thermostat. Instead of staring at the imperfect place on your wall, find a picture to cover it up. This may mean getting a professional to hang the art since the eyesore it is covering might be bulky. The same idea works for ugly fireplaces that are not in use. If you shop around, there are other clever and fashionable wall fixtures that are designed to hide functioning thermostats and other necessities. These fixtures will allow you to combine fashion with functionality and get rid of any eyesores on the wall that bother you.
Get Rid of the View-Less View
Do you have a large window that is pointing toward an abandoned junkyard or the neighbour’s bathroom? When you have a terrible view, it can ruin the vibe of the room. To get some visual relief, decorate the window with stained glass, semi-translucent curtains or semi-translucent window accents that still let light in, but don’t accentuate the less than perfect view out the window.
Fence It In
Many homeowners hate the look of their air-conditioning unit or trash cans just sitting on the side of the house, or hanging out in the backyard. If you want to keep a clean, organized look in the backyard, you can surround an HVAC unit or garbage cans with a nice wooden fenced-off area. If you are a DIY- er you can create this yourself by staining your choice of wood and surrounding the area on three sides. According to the professionals of Comfortable Home Systems who specialize in air conditioning in Edmonton, covering your HVAC unit can actually help save on utility bills because keeping the unit in the shade keeps it from getting over-heated or working too hard.
Hiding the Water Heater
Sadly, some homeowners have an intimate relationship with their water heater because it is inconveniently placed. While a tankless water heater may be on your horizon, in the meantime, there is one decorating tip that will help give you a little space from this appliance. Since you cannot directly apply paints and other decorations to a water heater, the next best thing is using a folding screen. Often used to create a changing space in bedrooms, you can easily construct your own to match the dimensions of your water heater. You can also decorate the folding screen to match your current decor.
If there are eyesores around your home that have been eating away at you since the day you moved in, you can melt away your frustrations by turning the ugly into the unseen and covering up the features you don’t like while accentuating other parts of your home. Most of these project can easily be completed in one day, or over the weekend at most. Take a little time to create a stylish cloaking device for your least favorite parts of the home, and then you won’t have to dread looking at them every time you walk past.
About Dixie Somers
This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for women’s interests and home décor. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.