What Air Vent? Search & Find These Well-Concealed Eyesores

What Air Vent? Search & Find These Well-Concealed Eyesores

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Dabney Frake
Aug 17, 2017
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HVAC components, vents, and air returns are necessary evils in the home and it's putting it mildly when I say they aren't attractive. They're often bandaid beige, placed in inconveniently prominent spots, and sometime they're just. so. big. While most of us wouldn't trade in our a/c or heat, there's little question that they detract from all the good visual stuff we do have going on. Check out these examples of how to take on these ugly-as-sin features, and win.

Above, Lisa's living room has built-in bookcases that perfectly frame her heating registers. And because everything is black, you don't even notice they are there unless you really look.

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But you don't have to go dark to make it work. Mel and Austin's heating duct —and vent — were painted white, and look how they become part of the home's architecture, versus a necessarily but unfortunate looking mechanical part.

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Sasha Adler went the opposite route in her living room. Instead of helping vents blend in, she made them a major design statement with gold decorative covers.

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You can also swap out the standard grilles and vents on your home's air ducts for more decorative versions, without getting too fancy. A Ruffled Life customized hers with some DIY framed metal sheets, then worked them into a planked tongue and groove wall. They are a lot less obtrusive this way, and you can see in her full tutorial on how to get this look.

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In this attic-turned-lounge, Design Manifest's Naomi wallpapered a trap door to her heater, a large return duct and a smaller air vent to disguise its presence. You can just barely see it on the right-hand side of the wall.

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Here's a closeup.

(Image credit: Maggie Overby Studios)

An even easier solution is to camouflage any air register within a gallery wall, like this one from Maggie Overby Studios. Your eye is so busy looking at all the artwork, it skips right over any ugly vent.

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