An air conditioning unit is an essential item in any home. But not all of them fall in line with the home's interior design. Some are small and may be easily concealed while others are bulky and pose a challenge to any designer. No matter which type of air conditioner you have in your home, there are simple decorating tips that you can use to keep them functional and out of sight.
Ceiling Air Conditioners
If the air conditioning unit runs throughout the attic space, the grills are likely located just below the ceiling and may easily be masked by painting the grills the same colour as the wall. Most grills come in a standard white, but spray painting them another colour gives the illusion that they are an extension of the wall itself. Another idea is to transform the grills into a piece of art by painting an intricate border around the grill. Guests will then view the grills as art rather than an air conditioning unit.
Floor Air Conditioners
Some air conditioning units run beneath the floors in the crawlspace or basement area. In this scenario, the grills can be seen on the floor. The grills should never be covered up completely with a rug or towel as air or heat needs an outlet to escape. However, you can mask their unsightly appearance and avoid stepping on them by placing a side table just above the grills. If the grill is located in an area where it would not be appropriate to place a table, rearrange the furniture. Most grills are located right next to a wall, so placing a couch alongside the grill works just as effectively.
Window Air Conditioners
Older homes typically have no air conditioning, so homeowners have had to improvise by either installing a fan unit or purchasing a window air conditioning unit. They are usually quite large and a bit of an eye sore. To hide them without compromising convenience, simply frame the window with a type of drapery that matches your taste, and use a sheer fabric for the centre of the window to hide the air conditioning unit, which will still allow the air to flow through the room, but you won't have to look at the unit during the process.
Standalone Air Conditioners
Standalone air conditioners are not connected to an air duct and are usually located alongside a wall near an electrical socket. They come in many shapes and sizes; some are lightweight and portable while others are quite durable and are designed to stay in one location. If you happen to have the latter, placing furniture items, such as a couch, in front of it will hide the air conditioner. Otherwise, other items that will do the trick include a decorative screen panel or an array of large flowerpots and floral arrangements.