Easy Fixes for the Eyesores in Your Home

Michigan Interior Designer Tips - Paint WallsDon’t fool yourself, every home has it; that one (or few) ugly feature that you can’t just rip out and redo, or requires more work than you are ready for. Depending on when your home was constructed in Michigan, it may have just a few small, ugly details, or entire rooms of less than attractive features. If you are looking for ways to decorate around or improve the looks of the ugly features in your home, here are some thoughts from your Shelby Township interior designer on how to cover up, fix and hide those eyesores in your home.

Give it a Coat of Paint

We talk a lot about using paint to change the feeling of a room or to add life and dimension to a dull space. Paint, however, isn’t just about being fashionable or trendy. Sometimes a good coat of paint is all you need to hide something unattractive in your home. If your home was built in the 1960s or 1970s, and if it hasn’t been renovated, you may have that room with the dark wood paneling. Dark wood paneling was the hot thing then, but isn’t so hot now. A good coat of paint can make your wood paneling look new, fresh, and bright. This idea also works wonders for kitchen cabinets, brick features like fireplaces, wood shelving, doors that take a beating, and if you’re desperate, even appliances.

Cover it Up

You can’t paint everything, so what is the next solution? Give it a good covering. A thermostat or security system panel can be hidden under a nice piece of canvas art, especially if it’s been installed right in the middle of a wall. If you don’t like the look of your television and really don’t want it to be the focus of your room, purchase a reflective adhesive decal and make your TV look like a mirror when it’s not in use. This theory also works for that super comfortable chair or couch that you love, but don’t love the upholstery. Consider a slipcover in a neutral color to hide the ugly fabric, giving the piece a new look.

Work Around It

Sometimes, there’s just not much you can do with that unattractive feature in your home and the best thing you can do is work around it. Home-builders have a bad habit of placing things like electrical outlets and light switches in the most inconvenient locations. If you have a light switch or outlet in the center of a wall, the process to move it to a new location can be costly. So, your best bet is to decorate around it. Hang a collection of related pictures, with light colored frames around the light switch, disguising it among the art.

Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a huge difference in a room. If you need help with improving the look of your home, and need more than just a few quick fixes, Patricia Interiors is here to help. We can turn your home from drab to beautiful in no time. For more information on our Michigan interior design services or to schedule an interior design or drapery design consultation, call us at (586) 739-0080.