The Quickest Way to Ruin a Beautiful Kitchen (And How You Can Avoid It)

The Quickest Way to Ruin a Beautiful Kitchen (And How You Can Avoid It)

Taryn Williford
Mar 14, 2016

Excellence is in the details. You can spend all your time and all your money on renovating and tiling the kitchen of your dreams, but there's one small element that could possibly derail all your hard work. Well, it's really distracting, at least, if you're a perfectionist. Can you spot it? The simple, but seriously effective little hack in the photo above?

When Kristin of Hunted Interior re-did her kitchen last year, she chose this really lovely herringbone tile pattern for the walls and backsplash. But she quickly realized that something about the kitchen seemed a little... less than perfect.

When the electrician asked "What color switch plates I would like on our backsplash?" he said "White?" And I of course said, "Yes." And then they were installed… and then they left… and I was like, eh… They were perfectly fine, but after having this beautiful herringbone tile installed counter to ceiling they were like little white boxes jumping out at me every time I looked at them.

So what she did was a bit of a creative hack. Using clear glass outlet covers, she traced the grout lines from behind the plate onto the cover itself with permanent marker, filling in the gaps as needed. Then she drew and painted a faux grout and tile pattern onto the back of the plate before erasing the marker from the front of the cover (with nail polish remover, or a dry erase marker).

(Image credit: Hunted Interior)

What you're left with is a plate that looks as though it's peeking right through onto the wall behind it. This process might get tricky if you have a very complicated tile pattern or a difficult color to match, but it's worth a try for the totally seamless look you get as a result.

Read more about the project and Kristin's process on Hunted Interior:

How To: Camouflaged Outlet Covers

What do you think? Do you have a switch or outlet at home that could use the camouflage treatment?

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