Sometimes it can feel impossible having a stylish home with all the safety measures you need like ugly burglar alarms and fire extinguishers. After all, how often do you see them visible on the pages of interior design magazines?
You could forgo home security, but that’s hardly a sensible option. Instead, here’s how you can be decorative yet sensible with those practical safety necessities within your home…
Keeping Your Kids Safe – With Style
When I first had children, it felt like there were no décor solutions for dealing with their stuff. But with time and imagination I worked out some safe, stylish solutions for a family-friendly home. For example, when you want to keep your little ones from toppling down the stairs, you can get stylish wooden stair gates that match your bannisters instead of making your home feel like a petting zoo.
Disguise Your Burglar Alarm System
If that ugly white keypad is clashing with your beige and brown themed hallway, why not get creative and add a simple but stylish box-with-door combo to cover over it? It’ll look just like you have a small wall-mounted key cabinet. In fact, you could buy one of those cheaply, remove the back panel, and simply attach it securely to the wall so that it covers your keypad. Done and dusted!
Plus points if you decorate it to match your theme – you can try painting it, or for the craftier amongst you, cover it with printed wallpaper – perhaps even the same paper that’s on the wall behind it!
Hide Your Wires
If you can, buy a wireless burglar alarm or home CCTV kit. However, they can be a bit pricy so if you opt for a cheaper, wired version, you’ll be glad to know there are lots of ways to conceal your wires – the most common being having them stapled to the wall so at least they’re not underfoot. If that’s still a little too visible for your taste, how about trying this idea of building a miniature ‘fence’ style to skirt around your walls?
Obscure sockets by placing furniture in front of them – you can run wires for lamps and the like behind them. If the piece of furniture doesn’t or can’t fully conceal the socket, then cover it with a cloth that drapes and provides full coverage. If your needs are a little more specific than that, there are lots of cord-management devices online – just have a look around and see what suits you best.
If they simple have to be on display, why not go all out and turn them into a decorative feature instead? I love this cord ‘frame’!
Turn Your Fire Extinguisher into an Ornament
It is highly likely that a fire extinguisher will not match your living room, kitchen, or hallway. If you decide to have one in your house, it will be a bit of a decorative nuisance. But making it blend in with your house’s interior isn’t as hard as it seems. Some wrapping paper can really smarten it up, or you could try painting it. There are all sorts of ways to make it simply fade into the background!
What sneaky tips do you have for ensuring your home is safe yet stylish? Let me know in the comments below!
Estelle Page is passionate about interior design. She has 2 kids, loves being creative, and writes for Traders Warehouse.