Design Dilemmas : How to Deal With Exposed Electrical Wires & Cords

Design Dilemmas : How to Deal With Exposed Electrical Wires & Cords

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Dabney Frake
Apr 8, 2015

There are many reasons not to cover up your lighting cords. Sometimes cost is a factor. Sometimes architectural features don’t allow for the change. Or it might need to be temporary so you can take it with you. That’s when you turn that decorating frown upside down, and make the most of your space while working with what you’ve got. Here are five ways to tweak the situation and integrate exposed wires and cords into your design plan.

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Drape: Artfully of course, with the perfect swag over the bed. Fiddle until it feels right. This bedroom is from the Vintage House Daylesford in Australia, which is available for rent via AirBnB.

(Image credit: Ace Hotel)
Cover: The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, London ran the wire through conduit pipes for a raw industrial look.
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Upgrade: Loving copper right now? Take a step up from conduit and run the wire through copper pipe instead, like this Amsterdam hair salon.
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Embrace: You can always make them stand out by running them all together in a singular pattern. In this loft bedroom from Studio Guilherme Torres, it becomes part of the room's decor versus an eyesore.
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