Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tricks to Hide Light Switches, Outlets and Toilet Roll Holders

by Yanic Simard

Embrace camouflage and other design moves
to make these eyesores virtually disappear

Electrical outlets, light switches and toilet paper roll holders are hard to avoid. Often building codes dictate where these can be placed, which can sully otherwise beautiful backsplashes and other features in kitchens and bathrooms. But all hope isn’t lost. If you prefer to preserve the clean lines of a beautiful backsplash, try some of these methods for keeping these eyesores from sticking out.

In Kitchens

Undercabinet mounting. If you’re undertaking a renovation or a new home build, you can often achieve a clean, contemporary look, such as the uncluttered backsplash shown here, with a little thoughtful positioning.

It may seem as if this kitchen has no handy outlets for modern appliances, but don’t let this point of view fool you. If you look carefully you’ll notice that the outlets and switches have been tucked into the underside of the shelf rather than in the walls. They’re easy to reach when needed but out of sight when not in use.

Similarly, the opposite wall of the same compact kitchen includes some hidden essentials built into the base of the upper cabinetry. In this case, a small amount of cabinet space was stolen to hold electrical work, which allowed space for a flush undercabinet LED strip to brighten the kitchen — a win-win.

You can create a similar effect with most stock cabinets by adding a custom built box at the bottom for electrical and using an extra-long door front to cover both the cabinet and the add-on to achieve a flush look.

Vessels and other decor. If renovation isn’t on the table, you cans still effectively hide outlets. Often all you need is one large storage vessel or attractive vase to hide your outlet when not in use.

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