“Design to create the life that you want… not the one you feel a need to change.” ~Clarice Smyth




“Obstacles are things that have yet to be put in their proper place.” 

~Clarice Smyth


Sometimes we are presented with less than perfect walls. There are mechanical, structural, or design  “imperfections” that we must work around or do our best to make them disappear.If your budget and time allow, and you prefer, have the mechanical, structural, or design   “imperfections” corrected or rerouted to a less obvious location.  But if this is not an option for your project, here are some designer tips for how to visually minimize them. 

One way to minimize mechanical/structural “imperfections” is paint. By painting the imperfections the same color as the wall it will trick the eye and cause them to visually disappear.  This can work well for vent covers, slight wall bump-outs, bad molding, security sensors, switches, or wall mount controls. There is never a reason to paint any element a contrasting color unless you want to draw attention to it. 

The entry is fitted out with a live-edge table, establishing a horizontal (horizon) line.  A starburst mirror is hung to the upper right to draw the eye opposite of the doorbell cover. A lamp of glass, wood and metal marry the various use of materials. Below, art is informally leaned against the wall and other pieces are added to help ground the vignette. This design also brings interest with color and finishes. The gold mirror and leaning art are reflective, the pottery and linen shade add texture, and the live-edge black walnut table adds richness and a natural element.  

Custom vertical abstract art is hung over the low, burnt orange, leather bench and accessorized with a chenille throw and beaded linen pillow.  The rich colors of the furnishings draw the eye away from the air vent and control, which were painted in the wall color.  

The library table sits under a security sensor, painted out in the wall color, and near a floor vent. To make this vignette work, and not look like an afterthought, art and accessories were, again, used to draw attention away form the imperfections. A Rosamond sketch, in a wood frame, is place opposite of the  sensor. Vintage brass swan and an owl are chosen to add movement, and the collection of leather Franklin Covey planners add softness and pops of color. 

If the problem is more of the structural nature consider these tips. If the problem is a bulkhead, boxed in pole or pipe, or chimneystack, try thinking outside the box for how to use the problem as part of the solution. If the problem is a the bump-out or chimneystack, build a custom depth cabinets or shelves to hide it. If the problem is a bulkhead in the kitchen, extend the cabinet finish to the bulkhead above, which will carry the eye to the ceiling without visual interruption. 

Design can be used to add visual interest, create balance, give dimension, and make mechanical/structural imperfections visually disappear. 

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