HVAC systems are designed to be functional, not pretty. Whether it's a thermostat, a vent or a mini-split, it can be unsightly and can bring the whole rest of your home decor down. But it doesn't have to. Here are some interior design tips for blending your HVAC system in with the rest of your home's aesthetic.
- Decorate your thermostat.You have a beautifully painted, decorated wall, but right in the middle is your thermostat: a box of buttons and dials that draws attention away from everything else. Try decorating it to fit with the rest of your interior design. Put a decorative frame around it. Or cover the thermostat itself in duct tape with fun patterns. With a little creativity, it will start drawing the eye in a good way.
- Use a painting.If you really can't stand to look at your thermostat, try hiding it. Get a painted canvas, with some room behind it. Put hinges on it and mount it to the wall over the thermostat. It remains hidden from view, until you need to adjust the temperature, at which point, just swing the painting open like a door.
- Build a mini-split shelf. A mini-split is bigger than a thermostat, and thus even more of an eyesore. And decorating or covering it can impede airflow. So instead, build a shelf around it. Include spaces for books, art pieces, or anything else that fits with your interior design -- along with a space for the mini-split. Over that section of the shelf, build a simple wooden grate. It will tastefully hide the unit from view while still allowing air to flow freely to your home.
- Replace vents with decorative grilles.The easiest way to hide your air vents is by painting them, so they blend in. But instead, why not let them stand out? Buy decorative grilles in patterns you enjoy and install them in place of your vents and registers. Add a splash of color and they'll make a great design statement.
- Take a look at the Nest Thermostat.The Nest Learning Thermostat now has a ring around it to fit any home’s style. Choose copper to add a warm touch. Stainless steel is perfect for a classic, versatile look. Black blends in with dark walls and stylish decor. And white looks great in simple, modern homes. Plus, it's a really smart thermostat, too.
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