Continuing on from my previous post about how to camouflage builders’ errors and unsightly, intrusive features, here’s my second tip.
Tip #2: Creative Camouflage.
My client asked me to completely redesign her kitchen in a bright, contemporary style. As part of that makeover, I planned to use two types of white tiles for the backsplash over the granite counter with a double row of stainless steel mosaic tiles between the two that would give the space a continuous horizontal flow and also add a sleek look, picking up the tone in the stainless steel appliances. The stainless steel tiles were to run all the way around the work area, underscoring the large double windows over the sink area.
However, when I measured the distance between the countertop and the windows, I discovered that there was a 1”-2” difference in height from one end of the windows to the other. Putting a straight line of stainless steel tiles across the bottom of an uneven window would have made that erroneous measurement glaringly obvious.
The solution to this problem was relatively simple: instead of running the silvery tiles underneath the window, I raised them a little higher and had them stop at the outer edges of the window trim. Using that approach, the difference in spacing between each end of the window and the countertop was completely camouflaged and we still achieved the same look we originally wanted.
In a show house makeover I did last year, where I turned a poorly decorated, small basement wine room into a cozy Couple’s Retreat, garish yellow tiles made up the original floor of the entire space. Since my makeover was based on a nature theme set by the natural stone walls, I covered the entire floor with a natural ecru wall-to-wall sisal carpeting. This added softness and warmth while at the same time unifying the entire space.
What types of camouflage have you used in your home? What flaws would you like to camouflage? We’d love to hear from you!