Masking the Undesirable Without Breaking the Bank

Masking the Undesirable Without Breaking the Bank

Leah Moss
Jun 5, 2009
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A few weeks ago we talked about how to distract the eye from decor un-pleasantries, today it's time to talk about how to conceal them. Some people can only deal with so much visual clutter, and prefer the out-of-sight approach. Our friend Melissa of the Inspired Room, is constantly amassing ideas for what she calls, "creative concealment," a budget friendly, space-saving alternative to a house full of cabinets. Here are a few of her favorite tricks for hiding the undesirable...

1 A breaker box gets an attractive AND useful facade when owners attached an oversize bulletin board and chalkboard walls on tracks.
2 For those of you who can't get on board with exposing your TV, Roman and Matchstick blinds are an easy DIY alternative doored media cabinets. Tie the shelf into the rest of the room by picking a shade material that coordinates with the rest of your decor.
3 Or if you don't want the bulk of a media canbents, but still don't like the look of a screen vying for visual attention, this Martha Stewart special is like a fitted sheet for your computer.
4 Another shade trick. This one makes the concealed tool cabinet look like another shaded window.
5 Adding a fabric skirt to low lying storage shelves is one of the most popular concealment tricks. It's also a good way to introduce color and pattern interest to a room.

6 Coordinating multiple storage units with fabric is one of the easiest ways to dress up a functional space. In this example, fabric is simply hung with clothes pins.

(Images: 1: Southern Living via The Inspired Room, 2,3,6: Martha StewartThe Inspired Room, 4,5: Cottage LivingThe Inspired Room)

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