5 Ways to Camouflage Common Household Eyesores
As much as we try to craft beautiful interiors with thoughtful details, there are some common household necessities that you can’t do away with, even if their aesthetics are less than pleasing. Luckily, there are ways to minimize their presence and even make it seem like they’ve disappeared altogether. Read on for our favorite ways to camouflage some of the most common eyesores.
Building custom covers, installing a shelf over the top, or painting a radiator to match a wall are certainly good options for making these unsightly climate controllers fade into the background, but if you’re renting, these semi-permanent changes may not be an option. Here, we love how the designers have used long linen drapes hung at a distance from the wall to hide the under-window radiators. Opt for a sheer or semi-sheer fabric to let the light in, while still disguising the wall units.
These wall-mounted necessities always seem to be placed in the most inconvenient locations or smack dab in the middle of a main wall. Hide them by adding a hinge to your favorite artwork and mounting directly to the wall to cover the control panel, a method that still enables easy access when needed. Read the full tutorial for this clever trick at One Kings Lane.
Television sets are a total necessity for some, and in this age of forgoing a formal living room in favor of a larger, multi-use space, sometimes an unsightly set can become the focal point of your main entertaining space. If your set is not stored in a hutch or closed entertainment piece, help camouflage it by building a gallery wall around it. The black square will blend in with the artwork and help lessen the aesthetic blow to your overall design.
If your sink leaves unsightly plumbing exposed and building a custom vanity isn’t in the cards, opt for a tailored skirt attached to the underside of your sink to create a pleasing barrier between you and those unsightly pipes. A tailored version will help the skirt feel modern, not fussy. As a bonus, you can use the concealed space for storage. Follow these DIY instructions to craft your own.
We love this simple DIY solution for masking your wireless router and its bright blinking lights. Simply remove the cover from a vintage hardback book scored at a flea market or used bookstore, and voilà! Read the full tutorial by Ana Maria Muñoz here.
Tell us: What are your secret tricks for hiding unsightly necessities in your décor? Share in the comments.