Appliances are an important part of your everyday life, and although you may want to show them off when you have the latest model, not all appliances are created equal. Some are plain ugly. Fortunately, you can hide many eyesore appliances with a stylish makeover or clever cover-up.
Give Your Outdated Refrigerator a Coat of Paint
Although some refrigerators are old enough to be cute in a retro sort of way, others are outdated. While you save up for the stainless steel appliances of your dreams, consider covering your old appliances in a fresh coat of paint — starting with your refrigerator.
Choose a bright color such as candy apple red or sunny yellow to draw the eye. For a softer look, choose an icy blue or pale pink. If your refrigerator is your only kitchen appliance that isn’t stainless steel, painting it with liquid stainless steel may be a good option.
Make White Appliances Look More Modern
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Stainless steel may be ideal for modern appliances, but white appliances can look modern in the right setting. If painting your appliances seems like a step too far, paint the walls, cabinets, or furniture instead.
Bright colors can make your white appliances look modern through contrast, while the simplicity of soft colors and white cabinets can be reminiscent of modern minimalism. Whether you want your white appliances to blend in or stand out, painting their surroundings can be a great solution.
Use Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper for a Less Permanent Solution
If you rent your home, painting appliances, cabinets, and walls may not be an option. In that case, removable wallpaper may be your go-to fix. This peel-and-stick type of wallpaper can be applied to anything from your kitchen cabinets to your dishwasher. It also comes in small panels or sheets so that you don’t have to buy more than you need. When you’re ready to move out or try out a new look, the wallpaper can be removed with ease.
Plant a Vertical Garden Around Your Exterior Air Conditioning Unit
It’s a classic dilemma: You need your exterior air conditioning unit to keep your home cool, but you hate the sight of it. In this case, you don’t need to choose between style and comfort.
You can hide your exterior air conditioning unit behind a vertical garden of flowers or vegetables. Choose from options such as wood trellises, stacked crates, wooden pallets, or fencing. Need some inspiration? The internet is full of cute DIY vertical garden designs.
Give Your Hot Water Heater Some Privacy
A stylish hot water heater doesn’t exist. These appliances are huge, ugly, and — unfortunately — sometimes placed in visible and inconvenient locations. What’s a modern homeowner to do?
Depending on your hot water heater’s size and location, you may be able to use folding doors to close it off from the rest of the room, or you can build some screening panels from scratch. Either way, the effort will be worth the trouble.
Don’t let ugly appliances ruin your style. Instead, use the tips above to hide them from plain sight.