Cables, electric switches, and the rubber slippers you wear when you need to make a 5-minute grocery run. We show you how to love the eyesores in your otherwise perfect home.
That picture perfect family in the real estate brochure? They’re hiding their stash of supermarket plastic bags in another plastic bag. No more secrets and lies; it’s time to unleash the ugly.
You don’t want to leave them lying around where your puppy might mistake them for chew toys, and they break the beautiful symmetry of your shoes in a rack. Store them in wall-mounted cans in a metal finish, or brightly decorated buckets.
Cables and cords
We like cable ties and drawers that keep your cables and cords neat, but we love the idea of turning them into wall art even more. Use double-sided, clear mounting tape which you can find at your local hardware store.
Switches and remotes
A wall with oddly-placed light switches can be accentuated by turning it into a feature wall with assorted photos and paintings that hide your framed switch in plain sight.
You could also use washi tape to beautify your switches. Learn more about that and disguising other ugly things here.
While retractable racks are great, imagine how much fun you can have with a dedicated laundry space. Proudly mark your space with large letters, and look for sturdy wall and ceiling frames that double up as talking pieces.
A pet’s bed can be incorporated into existing furniture, while a dog kennel makes a stylish end table with a few modifications. The same rule extends to litter boxes, feeding bowls, and scratch posts.
Turn appliances that don’t fit in with the rest of your furniture into more works of art! Update a blah washing machine with strategically placed electrical tape or decal, or turn an unsightly refrigerator door into a chalkboard.
Columns, rods, and beams
Weirdly placed columns make us go “why??’”, but they’re holding up our houses so give them a pass. Paint your columns, beams, and rods in bold accent colours that are repeated in other feature pieces in your space.
Tiles and flooring
If your budget isn’t renovation-friendly, bring fresh life to wall tiles and parquet floors with vinyl stickers and colourful wallpaper or tape. Shop for customisable stickers that mimic Spanish tiles, spell out words, or immortalise your pet cat till sticker glue do you part.
Forget long curtains and illusions to make your windows look larger. Instead, frame your window with a focal shelf and pretty café curtains. Add potted plants for a finishing touch!