While everyone can appreciate the functionality and convenience of a wall-mounted thermostat, the aesthetically conscious are sometimes less thrilled about the plastic eyesore. Especially during the milder seasons of the year, home decorators might feel at a loss for what to do with these little boxes. Here are a few tips on how to camouflage your thermostat without compromising its function.
Hide it in plain sight.
A sneaky and incredibly effective tactic is hiding your thermostat in plain sight. By decorating the wall around your thermostat with a collage of picture frames, for example, you draw the attention away from the clunky thermostat and towards the decoration. Even if somebody notices the placement of the thermostat, it does not steal the focus from your wall. Eyes will be drawn towards the pictures and the little box will just blend right in.
Another idea is you can spell out a word using wall decals and strategically fit your thermostat within the letters. Wall decals can be used in other ways to, even for framing or decorating your thermostat.
If you get to the point that you just accept that the box is taking up wall space and you are just going to make the most of it, you should try to decorate the thermostat itself. You can get very creative with this and let your thermostat actually add to the interior design of your home rather than detract from it. As long as you are careful not to cover any vital functions, you can use paint or permanent markers to liven up your unit with a fun quote or design. Decorative tape can also help your thermostat to be more appealing. Walk into any craft store and let your imagination run wild with this one.
Paint it the same color as the wall.
If you are still really set on having your thermostat blend in, you can always paint the plastic case the same color as the wall. This is especially effective for units that are placed on blank walls, but be careful not to paint over screens or buttons.
Use a shelf.
Another creative option is to strategically mount a shelf underneath your thermostat to create the illusion that it is intentionally placed there. The shelf can hold other more attractive decorations, like a small plant, canvas or picture frame. Those objects will carry the attention away from your thermostat, so it is barely even noticed.
Lastly, if nothing is working and you must have the ugly thermostat out of sight you can strategically cover it. There are various methods that can be used based on where your unit is located. Some can be covered simply with a curtain, but others might require you to use hinges to mount a canvas — or any hollowed out wall decoration — over top of the unit. Whatever you choose to use, make sure that your thermostat is always easily accessible to you and do not hide it so well that you can no longer find it!