4 Stylish Ways to Incorporate Appliances Into Your Home Design
Even if you splurge for top-of-the-line appliances, they still might look clunky and out of place in your home. Luckily, there are several ways you can help these devices fit better into your home design. Use the following tips to transform your essential appliances into a vibrant part of your home decor.
Plant Around Your HVAC Unit
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Though it’s located outside your home, your HVAC unit can still be a major eyesore. Older units are often bulky and resemble a heap of scrap metal. Unless you decide to upgrade to a new, modern HVAC system, your best bet is to plant around the unit. Keep in mind that you always need access to the unit, so don’t cover it with as many flowers as you can find. Instead, find a way to integrate it into plant life so that it looks less out of place.
You may even consider building a wooden fence or mini house around the unit for a more manicured style.
Use Decals for the Dishwasher
Dishwashers, stoves, and refrigerators don’t really come in a lot of color or style options. While stainless steel is the current trend, this shade might not match all kitchens, especially if you have a more colorful theme. Luckily, vinyl decals are a great way to turn your boring kitchen appliance into a beautiful device that matches your home’s theme. You can shop through many pre-designed decals or create your own so that it perfectly matches the colors and shapes of your kitchen.
Once you have your decal designed, all you need is a bit of transfer tape to place the design on your dishwasher or other appliance. The end result will be stunning and turn your dishwasher into the centerpiece of your kitchen.
Turn the Fridge Into a Chalkboard
Want some more functionality out of your refrigerator? Consider turning it into a chalkboard. Not only will this create a rustic, artsy effect, but it also lets you jot down important notes, such as food to buy on your next trip to the store or what the menu will be for the night.
The process is relatively easy, as all you’ll need is some chalkboard paint, sandpaper, rollers and brushes, and tools to remove the handle. Sand the surface of the fridge down and give it a thorough cleaning. Then, apply the paint, adding a second coat to ensure full coverage.
Enclose Your Hot Water Heater
Thank goodness hot water heaters typically go in basements, as they are one of the most unattractive appliances in a home. If you’re unlucky enough to have your hot water heater in a more visible location, there are some things you can do to make it look less ugly.
Hide it from view by enclosing it with a set of folding doors or screening panels. Create your own in fabric or paint that matches the rest of your decor for a look that fits right in.
Don’t let your appliances distract from the appearance of your home. Use these tips to help them seamlessly fit into your home design.