Even the nicest homes have their flaws. Dinged up appliances. Cluttered cables. Obtrusive outlets. The list goes on. It’s not always practical to replace or move the less-than-attractive elements in your home. Instead, there are often clever ways to hide, disguise or redecorate these interior eyesores. Here are some ideas.
TV and Internet equipment
Conceal equipment like modems and routers inside decorative boxes (check craft stores) or old book bindings and cut holes in the back for cords.
Window air conditioner units
Hang café-style curtains from a tension rod to conceal an air conditioner while not obstructing the flow of air when in use.
Install a drop cloth behind your desk to hide messy cables, or add hooks, a shelf and/a power strip to the underside to manage cables and equipment.
Drill holes through the back of a cabinet or nightstand and into a drawer to add an interior power strip for electronics to be charged out of sight.
Fill some stylish pump dispensers with your frequently used liquid cleaning and beauty products for convenient access without leaving cluttered bottles lying about.
Garbage and laundry bins
Add pull-out or tilt-out drawers to keep these items out of sight but within easy access.
Breaker boxes, outlets, thermostats and alarm panels
Hang artwork over these items to obscure them from sight. A canvas on a frame, mounted on hinges, is one extra-convenient solution.
Exposed laundry center
Add a curtain on a track or rod to pull a disappearing act on your dirty laundry when needed.
Transform utilitarian basement supports into stately columns with some simple woodwork.
With these creative tricks and a bit of effort, there will be less to distract from what makes your home great.