A high-quality HVAC unit is one of the most vital appliances in your home. However, it’s not the most attractive decor piece and can take away from the hard work you put into your home decor.
The average HVAC system extends about 7-9 inches from the wall, which will stick out like a sore thumb. If you’re looking to buy a new HVAC unit, you can try to find one that blends into your home decor, but it’s not always that simple.
Luckily, if you’re in the process of building your dream home or just renovating your home decor, you have the power to design how you please.
There are many creative ways to disguise and blend your HVAC unit into the decor and architectural features, like using paint, decorations, or enclosures.
Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to integrate HVAC units into your home decor.
1. Hide the HVAC Unit
First, look at the room where you’ll be installing the HVAC unit. Try to locate a space that will be easy to hide the unit, but make sure to speak with your HVAC technician to ensure it’s suitable and won’t impact air quality or efficiency.
If you have to settle for a less ideal spot for blending it in with your home decor, get creative!
Check out the architecture that already exists in the room. If the space is pretty tight, consider installing it above a doorway. You can also build it into a wall or install a false beam to make it blend in seamlessly.
Also, one-sided enclosures are a popular way to hide an HVAC unit because it adds more function to the room.
If there is a window in the room or you’re willing to install a new one, you can always add it under the base of a window seat. Additionally, add cable organizers to hide unsightly wires to make the space look tidier.
2. Using Eye-Catching Decor
Using eye-catching elements is another great way to spruce up your home decor and disguise your HVAC unit.
Add art, light fixtures, water features, plants, or attractive decor in areas that will redirect vision from the HVAC unit to more appealing objects.
You can use armoires, bookcases, storage systems, cabinets, and shelving to help hide or draw the eye away from the HVAC unit.
Even placing it above a doorway or bed can be helpful in hiding the HVAC unit as long as it still adheres to the space an HVAC system needs.
In addition, installing shelving that aligns well with the unit’s dimensions can look aesthetically pleasing and adds harmony to the area.
Depending on the location of your HVAC unit, you can place it in a spot that won’t catch the eye too much or put an interesting object in another direction.
This way, the eye immediately goes to the object instead of the unit. You can even have a custom window installed to highlight a fantastic landscape or backyard.
Use this as the focal point to draw away from the HVAC unit.
However, if you rent, your options may be more limited to what you can place on your walls, but if you can hang artwork, grab a piece that catches your eye and hang it to redirect eyes from the HVAC unit.
Can’t hang artwork or are on a low budget? Consider adding an indoor plant or an interesting lamp.
3. Disguise It with Paint
Painting a room is a simple way to change the entire feeling of a room, and it can also be used to hide an HVAC unit.
However, it’s important to note that you should not paint the HVAC unit yourself, but a good rule of thumb is to pick out a unit that matches your home decor well so that it stands out less than it already will.
Always stay within the same color palette and try not to mix warm and cool-toned colors.
But depending on what you decide, you can either help your home decor blend in or add a pop of color using a complementary shade to make certain features stand out. Paint every wall, add an accent wall, or add color to the trimming!
4. Make Sure It’s Installed Correctly
The last thing you want is to install an HVAC unit and set up the decor around it only to discover that it is installed incorrectly or impossible to reach for maintenance.
So, finding an HVAC technician with proper training is crucial. Look into the company before you settle on one. Make sure you get a quote and check out what qualifications they have so you know you’re working with licensed professionals.
Ask them for tips on how to find the right spot for your HVAC system. This way, not only will it be properly installed, but it will be easy to reach for maintenance and blend well into your home decor.