Whether you are decorating a home for the first time and want to design a look for a small living room or want to update the décor for your current living space, creating the look you want can be a challenge when it comes to a home’s utilities.

Visible pipes, fuse boxes, and other eyesores might be interrupting your design flow, and few are more difficult to mask than your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning vents. Blocking these vents is not possible; however, there are a few décor strategies you can use to hide or beautify them.

1. Decorative Screens

You might be tempted to hide heat registers and air conditioners behind furniture or long curtains, but this might interrupt the airflow from the HVAC system and cause uneven heating and cooling in your home.

However, there is a way to hide these vents and ensure superior airflow at the same time, and that is by covering them with metal decorative screens. You can find these screens at your local home improvement store in a variety of sizes, colors, and patterns.

2. Paint

If a vent cover is throwing off your room’s color scheme, consider giving it a coat of paint.

You can take this idea a step further by giving the cover a base coat and then adding hand-painted touches to the perimeter of the cover. Remember to let the paint dry completely before you return the register cover to the duct opening to prevent paint fumes from wafting through the room.

3. Repurpose a Rubber Floormat

Decorative outdoor rubber mats can hide almost any size HVAC vent, and this can be a good choice if you want to hide your vents but have a tight decorating budget.

Choose a laser-cut mat that has large spaces within the design to allow for proper airflow. You can use a craft knife to cut the mat to size if needed.

Because every home has different airflow needs, you may want to check with your cooling maintenance & installation professional to ensure that the mat is not disrupting the normal operation of your HVAC system.

4. Create an Eye-Catching Frame

One way to hide your heat registers and airflow vents is to make them into a work of art with a beautiful frame.

Choose one that does not disrupt the overall color scheme of the room and that has thick or shadow-box style sides.

The more expressive the frame is, the less noticeable the vent is likely to be. Chrome or mirror frames can complement a minimalist décor and are typically inexpensive.

5. Plaster Vintage Covers

Hiding your HVAC vents when creating a vintage décor can be a challenge, but decorative plaster covers might be an effective solution.

These covers come in a variety of designs, so whether you want a Victorian or Edwardian look, you should be able to find one that suits your style.

You may be able to find these covers online or at a local home improvement center.

While necessary, your HVAC vents can be an eyesore. However, you can minimize their appearance or hide them completely when you take the time to think creatively.