How to Hide HVAC Elements with Interior Design

How to Hide HVAC Elements with Interior DesignHVAC elements like thermostats, registers and bulky mini-split units can be unattractive eyesores on the walls of your home, but they can’t be covered up entirely. Here are some suggestions on how to harmonize these elements with your interior design without affecting their performance.


Your thermostat needs to be in a central spot and open to the air so it can read the indoor temperature accurately, but it’s possible to make it less conspicuous:

  • Create a framed print or photo collage on the surrounding wall. To make the thermostat blend in, pick an appropriately-sized frame, remove the backing and glass, and place it over the device.
  • Look for wall decor with an opening that fits around your thermostat and hang it up — think the round wheels of an old-fashioned bicycle, or a fancy wrought-metal wine rack or artwork.

Air Vents

Obstructing your supply or return registers can wreak havoc on your HVAC system, but you can make them more aesthetically-pleasing and maintain good airflow:

  • To beautify a plain-Jane louvered wall vent, cover it up with an open-scroll woven place-mat that you’ve spray painted to complement your color scheme.
  • To hide a big unsightly return grille, build a square pine frame and staple fancy cut-out sheet metal on the inside to create a ventilated box. Then, paint it to co-ordinate with your decor and install it securely over the grille. A box made from wider pine can do double duty as a shelf too.

Mini-Split Units

A mini-split A/C or heat pump unit looks ugly perched on a bare wall, but you can integrate it into your interior design as long as you allow ample airflow clearance:

  • Install an open-back, floor-to-ceiling shelving unit around the unit and you’ll also gain extra display and/or storage space.
  • Incorporate the HVAC unit into a faux beam that’s painted white or off-white to match. You can install a slatted cover over the unit if you prefer to paint/stain the beam a darker color.

When you need expert service for the HVAC elements that ensure comfort in your Coastal Bend home, contact us at CCAC.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about your HVAC system, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 361-678-2495.  

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