How to Hide and When to Embrace Your Home’s Flaws

by HouzzDecember 22, 2017

You probably have a love-hate relationship with your home’s imperfections. On one hand, the dings in the hardwood remind you of the many memories you’ve made in each room. On the other hand, the sight of your living room wall makes you cringe. Flaws like these give a house character and a lived-in look that makes it feel like home. However, you still want to show it off proudly when you welcome friends and neighbors over. Here’s how to hide eyesores and work around your home’s original charm.

Embrace Distressed Furniture and Textured Decor

contemporary-living-roomPhoto by Blue Heron Design-BuildMore living room ideas

As natural as it looks, reclaimed and distressed furniture is actually crafted with care to highlight its imperfections. Shop for furniture with these facets to soften the blow of your spouse dropping their keys on your new console table or your child’s toy truck skidding across the dining room table. You don’t have to love shabby chic or rustic style to incorporate these pieces at home. Framed by a tufted ottoman and smooth sectional, this groovy teak wood coffee table fits right into the contemporary vibe. If you don’t have the budget to buy new, salvage a worn piece with shiny new hardware. Textured decor, like faux fur pillows and wicker baskets, as well as patterned upholstery can also endure years of wear and tear.

What You’ll Need:

6351fdde080a444d_7996-w600-h600-b1-p10--home-designSoho Distressed Console Table

078110d70a0cd2c3_3867-w600-h600-b1-p10--home-designUttermost Drexel Concrete Block Lamp

0351459707c74637_0157-w600-h600-b0-p0--home-designKira Pumpkin Fabric

Hide Blemishes, But Embrace Plain White Walls

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Scuffed paint and dented drywall can be disguised fairly easily with wallpaper and decor, like a gallery of picture frames or eye-catching mirrors. Strategically place temporary wall decals if your landlord won’t let you paint or apply wallpaper. However, you can also treat white walls as a blank canvas. Use the generic shade of builder’s beige as a striking backdrop for colorful furniture and bold curtains.

What You’ll Need:

71a1e036082c9470_3822-w600-h600-b1-p10--home-design3D White Brick Wallpaper

98c1541406674ab1_8620-w600-h600-b0-p0--home-designPolka Dot Wall Decals

1f91cd4405e4f897_0475-w600-h600-b1-p10--home-designIllyria Wall Mirror


Hide Dated Flooring

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Spills, falls, and muddy paws: floors bear the worst of it all. If you have a budget to replace flooring, consider a durable material that will last longer than its predecessor. However, there are more cost-effective ways to disguise hardwood scratches and discolored vinyl. Rugs are a renter’s best friend. Brighten a dingy floor with an area rug, line the stairs with patterned treads and use a seasonal doormat to give a drab porch some personality.

What You’ll Need:

faf13a410a0f0b5d_5447-w600-h600-b1-p10--home-designCasa Marble Rug

93815aec070d2ab8_7532-w600-h600-b1-p10--home-designRoyals Ceramic Floor Tiles

b391ca2d079bb08a_5616-w600-h600-b1-p10--home-designSki Patrol Doormat

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