Boot Warmer:  Corridor & hallway by Hart Design and Construction

20 sneaky ways to hide your home's ugly bits!

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Even the most beautiful, well thought out and perfectly tidy homes have unsightly bits that you might not think about or even notice, but guests will. 

We're not trying to panic you though, as we're not just going to tell you what these ugly additions are, but also how to disguise them! Interior designers have been hiding the ugly in homes for years so, if you want to make sure your home design is meeting with their exacting standards, read on to find out how to make your living room lovely and your dining room divine!

1. Hide the cords to your appliances and electricals behind them. Nothing looks worse than dangling power leads!

2. Paint the insides of battered garage doors with chalk paint. This will cover the damage and provide you with a handy notice board

Wooden garages: classic Garage/shed by Quick garden LTD
Quick garden LTD

Wooden garages

Quick garden LTD

3. Throw an outdoor rug onto your patio to cover up ugly paving slabs, broken decking or even stains

Bedroom 3 Terrace:  Terrace by TG Studio
TG Studio

Bedroom 3 Terrace

TG Studio

3. If you pick up a vintage chair with an unfortunate pattern, paint it entirely with fabric paint

South London Apartment: modern Living room by Bhavin Taylor Design
Bhavin Taylor Design

South London Apartment

Bhavin Taylor Design

4. Freshen the scuffed legs on furniture with permanent markers or metallic pens, depending on the original colour

Wimbledon: modern Living room by LEIVARS
LEIVARS

Wimbledon

LEIVARS

5. Cover ugly light switches with decoupage, washi tape or decals

Crystal Glass 1 Gang Rocker Light Switch White with Chrome Trim: modern Kitchen by Retrotouch Limited
Retrotouch Limited

Crystal Glass 1 Gang Rocker Light Switch White with Chrome Trim

Retrotouch Limited

6. Tip your embarrassing lotions and potions into clear, label-free bottle for storing in your bathroom. Nobody needs to know you have dandruff!

Bamboo: modern Bathroom by Pixers
Pixers

Bamboo

Pixers

7. Install racking in your garage to have somewhere to put all the random sporting items you've collected

Elfa Project Photos : Storage solutions for every room: modern Garage/shed by Pamela Kilcoyne - Homify
Pamela Kilcoyne—Homify

Elfa Project Photos : Storage solutions for every room

Pamela Kilcoyne - Homify

8. Cupboards with doors are ideal for a shed or garage if you have a good amount of DIY equipment to hide away

Our brand new case study!: country Garage/shed by Garageflex
Garageflex

Our brand new case study!

Garageflex

9. Muddy shoes should always be rinsed off but, if you can't face that, at least have a show closet in your hallway. Out of sight is out of mind and not all over your hall!

10. If you have uneven or textured walls, vivid statement wallpaper can cover that in the blink of an eye

Peacock Wallpaper Feature Wall in White Bedroom: modern Bedroom by Design by Deborah Ltd
Design by Deborah Ltd

Peacock Wallpaper Feature Wall in White Bedroom

Design by Deborah Ltd

11. Your dog is not ugly, but they do drop hair and slobbery toys! Have a designated place where they can all be kept together

12. If you're more of a cat person, don't forget to disguise the litter tray. Try to build a cute little house or something around it as that's a sight nobody needs to see

 Household by stylecats®

13. A chain link fence is practical but not very pretty. Try draping faux ivy over it for a greener look

14. Paint old-fashioned kitchen tiles to freshen up your space and make it look like you installed a new splashback

Apartment Renovation:  Kitchen by Paul D'Amico Remodels
Paul D'Amico Remodels

Apartment Renovation

Paul D'Amico Remodels

15. Retro fires can run the risk of looking a little tacky, especially if they're brass. A quick spray with some heatproof paint will sort that right out, giving you the cast iron look in minutes

16. Paint exposed screw heads to make them better blend in with your assembled furniture

Fireplace. : modern Living room by Shoootin
Shoootin

Fireplace.

Shoootin

17. Hide your wheelie bins in or behind a shed or outbuilding. We all have them, but we don't need to make a spectacle of them

Wooden garages: classic Garage/shed by Quick garden LTD
Quick garden LTD

Wooden garages

Quick garden LTD

18. Hide unsightly thermostats behind wall-mounted pictures. Just make sure you find a temperature everyone is comfortable with first!

19. A dull worktop can easily be given a new lease of life with specialist paint, available from any DIY shop. You could even try your hand at a fancy pattern

20. Keep hairdryers and general morning routine items hidden away in your bathroom cupboards. They really don't need to be out on display

Stonearth - Finesse Oak washstand double basins: scandinavian Bathroom by Stonearth Interiors Ltd
Stonearth Interiors Ltd

Stonearth—Finesse Oak washstand double basins

Stonearth Interiors Ltd

For more home organisation tips, take a look at this Ideabook: 10 Ingenious Ideas That Make Home Organisation Easier.

Which of these home improving ideas will you try?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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