When You Can't Hide Power Cables, Embrace Them

When You Can't Hide Power Cables, Embrace Them

Laura E. Hall
Jun 2, 2011

We spend a lot of time trying to hide cables and cords away, out of sight. But what are you supposed to do when there's just no way to avoid having them visible? We say, embrace them! Check out these examples and get some ideas below.

Cable Drawings by Maisie Maud Broadhead re-imagines a (very long) lamp cord as a decorative detail in beautiful ornate fashion.

Design Star season 5's Michael Moeller adorned a gray wall with a contrasting red-orange cord for maximum color pop.

The shape of this cool arrangement by XBMC, via Lifehacker, draws attention to and complements the techy style of the mounted TV and Playstation 3.

We spotted these neat lights in Sophie & Isaac's Eclectic Minimal Home House Tour, where they've crafted stylish solutions on a thriftstore budget, including bedside tables made of cinderblocks and these cord + bulb "lamps". The cool, minimal style of the rest of the house helps these industrial touches to blend in seamlessly.

When you're dealing with a visible cable that you can't move, draw inspiration from this simple and minimal DIY design.

Instead of getting a bog-standard black or gray power cable, why not go for something with a little splash? These lamp cord kits from Urban Outfitters turn the cord into more than just a utility item; the designs shown are currently out of stock, but UO frequently offers variations with each new batch of products. Alternatively, this pink power plug ($12.19) can bring a touch of cheerfulness to the otherwise dreary space under a desk.

Can't find a cable in your favorite color? Consider dyeing them.

Would you embrace visible cables using one of these solutions? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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