Genius! 7 Ways to Hide Household Eyesores Using Art
Unsightly radiators, messy cables, paint patches -- these are only some of the most common yet most unattractive sights in a house or apartment. How do those professionally-designed homes look so flawless, as if they've gotten rid of these ugly spots? One brilliant answer? Art.
Here, we'll let you in on some easy tips and tricks to use artworks in hiding, camouflaging, or blending in those household eyesores. Get ready to decorate like a pro!
1. Disguise a radiator to match your art.
If you're not ready to purchase (or make) a radiator cover just yet, use this advice from interior decorators: treat the appliance like an actual piece of furniture. In this example from Dicorcia Design, the radiator is painted and surrounded by art with a coherent color scheme. Creative!
2. Conceal paint patches with wall decor.
Whether we like it or not, our walls eventually get patches of stains and smudges. You don't have to repaint the whole wall just yet! For a quick and inexpensive cover-up, hang a nice piece of wall art, like this customizable one from Gear Den.
3. Camouflage with a collage.
Can you find the thermostat, light switches, and outlet in the photo? These fixtures usually stick out like a sore thumb, but thanks to the clever gallery display on Jones Design Co., we get a sophisticated wall instead.
4. Make art with wiring.
Cables from lamps and appliances are unfortunately a fact of decorating life, but they don't have to always be unwieldy! Tame those long cables and turn them into wall 'drawings' like what artist Maisie Broadhead has amazingly done over this mantel.
5. Hide the electric panel with lightweight art.
The fuse box or circuit breaker always looks so industrial -- and not in a stylish way. You can hang a piece of wall decor over it, but you want the artwork to be light enough so you can easily flip it when you need to open the panel. Check out this sassy cover-up art from Gear Den!
6. Cover up AC with canvas.
Want to hide that air-conditioning unit? Go with canvas art. Not only is this lightweight piece easily removable, its material also creates minimal hindrance for your cooling appliance.
7. Blend the TV with wall art.
Speaking of appliances, yes, even the TV can ruin the room's design! While some homes employ cabinets and pull-down art whenever no one's watching, you don't have to go through that hassle every time. Just incorporate the television in one grand gallery wall, and you're all set!
Which of these tips are you trying out in your home? Tell us in the comments!
For more of the wall art featured here, visit the customer-starred Gear Den shop!
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