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How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home

12 ways to decorate and disguise little eyesores in your home to make the every day pretty and functional.

Warning: Totally random post ahead.

But this is one of the things I get questions on that I hardly think about… ALL of the “ugly” stuff in our house that is out of sight and out of mind.

Any time I share our living room in Instagram Stories, some of y’all ask, “Where are your TV cords?!”

Or “How do you function without a mud room?”

Or “How do you keep your house clean with kids?”

(P.S. Our messy house tour is proof we don’t actually have that one mastered, and that’s okay because we’re embracing this season with our littles.)

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | 14 ways to decorate and disguise little eyesores in your home to make the every day pretty and functional. #decorating #disguiseugly

But for the other stuff, these are some of my favorite solutions for making the “ugly” look pretty. I hope it helps y’all in some way.

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How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home:

1. Hide cords with cord covers

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Hide your TV cords with cord covers.

If you have your TV mounted on a wall with cords running everywhere, these magical little things called cord covers are suuuuper easy for making them blend into the wall. We wrapped our TV cords, stuck their sticky side to run along the top of our mantel and down into the corner to connect to a hidden outlet. Then we just painted the covers the same color as our wall so they disappeared.

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Hide your TV cords with cord covers and paint them the same color as your wall.

2. Put electronics in cabinets with grate/glass fronts

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Put your electronics in a cabinet with a glass/grate front.

This one really goes hand-in-hand with #1 but if you have a gaming system or a cable box or any other electronic components, store them in a cabinet or console with a grate or glass front to allow remote signals. Our DIY window seat is one of my favorite projects ever because of this.

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Put your electronics in a cabinet with a glass/grate front.

3. Use a cake stand to corral soaps beside the sink

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Put scrub brushes and soaps on a cake stand beside the kitchen sink.

This little cake stand helps us prevent scrub brushes and soaps from scattering all around our kitchen sink. And it’s cute!

4. Place magnetic frames on breaker boxes

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Paint your breaker box the same color as the wall and place magnetic frames on top.

Our breaker box is smack dab in the weirdest place behind our washing machine in our laundry room, so to disguise it (while still making it visible in case of emergencies), we painted it the same color as the wall [Sherwin Williams Slate Tile] and hung up these free printable vintage clothesline images with magnetic squares to make the frames easily removable.

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Paint your breaker box the same color as your wall and place magnetic frames on top for easy removal.

5. Make a thermostat cover using a picture frame without the glass

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Hang a frame without glass on to of a thermostat so that it can still operate using temperature readings.

Our thermostat was right in the middle of our hallway’s end wall, so to hide it, I took the glass out of a frame and hung it on top of the thermostat as a cover so it could still receive temperature readings to operate. Any time we need to adjust it, the frame easily lifts off.

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Hang a frame without glass on to of a thermostat so that it can still operate using temperature readings.

6. Keep your Google Home or Alexa tucked away on a tray.

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Keep your Google Home or Alexa on a tray on your kitchen counter.

To keep our Google Home Mini accessible but out of the way, we place it on this tray in the corner of our kitchen countertop so we can play music while we cook or get weather updates as we eat breakfast in the mornings.

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Keep your Google Home or Alexa on a tray on your kitchen counter.

7. Utilize pegboard for cleaning supplies

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Store your cleaning supplies on pegboard in your laundry room.

We don’t have much cabinet storage to spare, so to keep our cleaning supplies orderly, we utilize vertical storage on peg boards in our laundry room. These little baskets help a lot too.

8. Use pretty dispensers for generic soaps and lotions

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Store hand sanitizer and lotion in soap dispensers in the nursery.

To pretty up hand sanitizer and baby lotion in Regan’s nursery, we store them both in these decorative soap dispensers instead.

And in our laundry room, we keep our liquid detergent in a drink dispenser.

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Store laundry detergent in a drink dispenser.

9. Use plants for disguising routers and smart home components.

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Place small electronics, cameras, and routers beside or behind plants.

If you have any routers or small electronics, tuck them beside or behind a small plant to keep them out of sight.

10. Place baskets under a bench for shoe storage

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Keep baskets under a bench for a makeshift mudroom with shoe storage.

We don’t have a mud room in our house except for a couple of hooks in our laundry room to hang up jackets. So to help with the shoe storage situation downstairs, we keep baskets underneath a bench beside our back door.

11. Keep pet toys or kids’ toys in a large basket in common areas.

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Store kids' toys or pet chew toys in a basket with a pillow on top.

We keep most of the kids’ toys in their playroom or bedrooms, but for any small toys that make their way into the living room, we store them in a large basket on our fireplace hearth and just place a pillow on top to keep them easy to reach without being visible.

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home

12. Store pantry items in jars and baskets.

How to Disguise the Ugly Stuff in Your Home | Ditch ingredient packaging and store dry goods in jars with labels instead.

For dry ingredients we use often in recipes, we keep them all stored in these jars with these labels to decrease the packaging clutter and streamline our limited pantry storage. And it’s pretty!

Do you have any other solutions for hiding the “ugly” around your place? I’m sure there are more around here, but it’s amazing how such little changes make a huge difference in our every day.

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  1. Love all of your tricks for hiding some of the more unsightly necessities…all except one. We owned an HVAC company for years and I can tell you from customers experiences…never cover your thermostat! It can’t give an inaccurate reading and cause your furnace and AC to run more then necessary and you will probably not know that this is happening. Most thermostat warranty instructions say not to cover.

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