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August 27, 2015

6 Creative Ways to Hide an Eyesore

by Kim

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As much as you may love your home, there’s probably at least one eyesore you can’t help but zero in on. It could be a poorly placed utility feature like an air duct or thermostat, or a portion of your house that is showing some common wear-and-tear, like a scratched wall. Whatever the untenable feature may be, with a few creative tricks, it is possible to camouflage or completely hide your home’s eyesore.

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Drapery panels

We’re all familiar with the concept of using window treatments to hide an outside eyesore, but have you ever considered hiding an eyesore with strategically placed drapery panels? Just make sure to choose a completely opaque fabric, that way what’s behind it is completely obstructed.

Art

If your eyesore is fairly flat, like a scratched wall or fuse box cover, then a piece of artwork is the easiest way to hide it from view. This trick also works well for flat screen TVs you wish to hide from sight when you have company. For features you need regular or occasional access too, like a utility box, make sure the artwork you choose is movable for easy access.

Plants

Some eyesores, like an air vent, become a safety hazard when they are completely obstructed. For features like these, it’s best to use indoor trees and other decorative greenery to camouflage, rather than block. One plant not enough coverage? Consider creating a trendy urban oasis as your focal point in the room.

Built-in Cabinet

Large-scale eyesores like a wall-mounted air conditioning unit are a necessity in the summer, but come winter, suck all the decorating pizzazz out of the room. Make this unsightly home appliance less of a focal point by building a shelving unit around it. Another bulky eyesore worth hiding? The litter box. Give your cat a hideaway and you some reprieve from the odor, by placing the litter box in an enclosed cabinet complete with an easy access cat flap.

Paint

Some features like wall switches or electrical outlets are a necessary evil around the house. Make these features seemingly disappear into the background by painting them the same color as your wall.

Enhance it

Sometimes it’s simply too hard to hide an eyesore. In these instances, you should considered making it a focal point. For example, if you’re living in a home or apartment that features a vintage radiator, turn it into a fun decorative element by painting it a bold bright color.

What tricks have you used to hide an eyesore in your home?

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Kim

Kim is a window treatment and drapery certified designer helping clients in Ottawa and surrounding Ontario communities find the perfect window treatments for their homes. She has more than 14 years of experience in interior design and window coverings.

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