Is there an area in your home that has you stumped? We're resolving your design woes! Now added to our Services tab, our Design Questions option will help you address any design obstacles you might be facing. Looking for the perfect rug for your space? Need help finding the right nightstands but feeling overwhelmed by all the options out there? In search of a light fixture but unsure what size you need? Maybe there's a corner of a room in your house that just needs a little love. Let us know- we're here to help! First up: client Lori is dealing with a pesky thermostat right in the center of a wall and she's looking for a way to design around it.
Q: "How do I disguise or design around a thermostat that's in the center of a wall?"
A: We've got you covered, Lori! Believe it or not, you are not alone. Sadly, many others like you suffer the fate of an ill-placed thermostat. Until we can get a call to action, bringing it to the attention of all the world's home builders that this is indeed a huge problem, we kinda just have to work around them. Bummer, yes.
Before we talk solutions, let's talk need. Thermostats are an eye sore and we want to disguise them. However, it is important to keep the thermostat in your home easily accessible. Any solution must come with the ability to adjust the temp. See our design solutions below:
Option 1: Leaning Ladder
This option is the cheapest and requires the least amount of work. No holes in the walls and it still gives easy access to the thermostat. Furniture layout would remain the same with the exception of moving the floor lamp. Style by draping a few blankets on the leaning ladder. Besides the effectiveness of covering the wall unit, the blankets also add texture and coziness to the room.
Option 2: Floating Shelves
This option requires a little work. Break out your toolbox: a drill, screws and level will be needed. The work is minimal though, and the shelves not only provide a disguise but also a function. We love the idea of adding a little height to the wall and with shelving you have a chance to add more personality. Again, the furniture would remain in the same spot with the exception of the floor lamp. Style with photos, books, and collectibles. Make sure whatever you place in front of the thermostat is easy to move and replace... maybe try a potted plant, photo frame or leaning art.
As a final suggestion, we recommended Lori install a Nest thermostat unit in place of the one she has now. Sleek and slim, yes, but the real draw to Nest is it's capability to access it from your mobile device! It can still be hidden with the options we provided but instead of moving anything out of the way, you could just adjust the temperature on your way home from work!
There you have it! A look at how our Design Questions service will work. Be sure to check this option out on our Services page for more info. Have a question you're dying to have answered? Shoot it our way in the comments section of this post and we'll try to get to it here on the blog!