Our homes are filled with tons of neat electronic gadgets. Computers, stereo systems, big screen TVs, video game consoles, floor lamps so that you can achieve that ‘layered lighting look’ that every interior designer says a home should have. All of this is great, but many of us do struggle with one problem; hiding all of those electrical cords that all of these gadgets need in order to function.
Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can hide some of cords in a cupboard or an entertainment center. But there are times when there is nothing else to do but live with a cord or two trailing across the floor or the wall. This is a problem, both in terms of safety and aesthetics, at the best of times, but when you are trying to stage your home for sale it can be a real pain!
There are however some things you can do to make trailing and tangled cables look a little more attractive and even make them a part of your overall home decor. They are great ideas to make use of while staging your old home or just for implementing in your new, or existing home decor if you are simply looking for a design upgrade rather than a new home.
Here are a just a few clever ideas for disguising those pesky power cords while also elevating the appeal of your home decor.
The very simple – and inexpensive – act of just wrapping a decorative electrical tape around this surge protector makes it a hundred times more appealing and even rather quirky. You can pick up this kind of tape at most home stores and even in some dollar stores.
Colorful braiding – which can be found in most sewing and craft supply stores – turned this ugly, trailing cable into something rather modern, funky and noticeable enough that no one will trip over it.
As this room already had a very earthy, Nature inspired decor scheme then wrapping a trailing cord in fire safe roping – which again you can find at any home store – only serves to enhance the effect in a very cool way.
Here are two clever examples of how the use of simple wall decals can actually turn trailing cords into stunning works of art. You don’t have to do birdies or power plants of course, wall decals like these are actually pretty inexpensive and craft stores carry a huge range of them, so you can really unleash your inner artist.
If you have the patience, and the basic drawing skills, to map out the path the cord has to travel on the wall, then you can, as was the case in this example, even use the cord itself to create a work of wall art!