Utilitarian does not have to mean ugly. Despite being a common household item, the humble extension cord is often an afterthought design-wise, and typically an eyesore. Our house has a few snaked around corners, stretching to areas where no plugs are available, but we usually try our best to hide them under furniture or behind planters. But if hiding the cords aren't an option, you might want one of these handsome Cloth Extension Cords...
We never even considered it, but Best Made Company has somehow updated the mundane extension cord into something we'd dare call "classic":
Our cloth covered extension cords are woven in Massachusetts using three copper wires, each stranded and covered in PVC insulation. The wires are twisted together, padded, and braided with a durable cotton weave. Cords are then assembled in New York using solid brass plug blades that are set in a rubber plug (which will resist chemicals and stay flexible in extremely low temperatures).
Sold online for $38 and available in gold, solid black, and a currently sold out red and white herringbone pattern (too bad, it would make for a perfect Christmas-themed, candy cane style accessory to accompany a small appliance gift).
Here are a few other examples of when you can't hide your cables, making them an element of decor, rather than an eyesore.