If you've had your thermostat for more than ten years, there's a good chance it's not very attractive. As a utilitarian appliance, not much thought had been given to the appearance of thermostats until smart thermostats were recently introduced. If you don't care for the way your thermostat looks, but don't want to spring for a new one just yet, consider the following three ways to hide it.
1. Decorate around it. Consider creating a collage of artwork around the thermostat; include a variety of mixed media so you don't have five small paintings and one obvious thermostat in a grouping. Use the same color frames around each piece, including around the thermostat, so they blend in and appear cohesive. Framing the thermostat by itself can be fun and creative, too.
2. Add shelves underneath and around the thermostat. Floating shelves add a nice modern touch to any wall, but can also lend a rustic farmhouse vibe depending on the materials used. Install a series of shelves in a random order, or line them up vertically - whichever suits the room best. Add knickknacks, photos, small paintings, or other works of art to add dimension and texture to the wall, camouflaging the thermostat in the process.
3. Hide the thermostat with a hinged cover. As long as you leave some type of pathway for air to flow through so the thermostat reads the room temperature correctly, you have a variety of options for hiding it. Hang a museum-depth canvas over the unit, with small holes drilled into the sides (they can be camouflaged with paint). Or take a picture frame and add hinges on one side, then affix to the wall so the frame can swing open and then shut to cover the thermostat, providing easy accessibility.
For more ideas for hiding your thermostat, or to upgrade your current unit to a smart thermostat, please contact:
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174