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HOW TO HIDE A BAD VIEW

You finally found the house or the apartment in the city. The location is perfect. You can overlook the 1974 dishwasher. There is just one little thing… the rooftop view is of the commercial-size HVAC systems. You know the mechanicals Jason Bourne leaps over in a single stride.

Or, the view of the neighbor’s side lot includes an umbrella base minus the umbrella and there are cans of old paint next to the plastic gasoline container in the sun.

I once showed a home adjacent to a mobile home lot.

That explained the price reduction.

Here are a few tips and ideas I have collected over the years with home buyers . I would love to read your suggestions in the comment box below. So let’s take a look! this will be fun!

HOW TO HIDE A BAD VIEW

WINDOW TREATMENT IDEA 1.0

The first idea is to frame a window with drapes. The trick is to raise the drapes above the window casing. This forces the eye upwards. A bold color or pattern turns the focus to the sky high drapes and not the view outside the window.

WINDOW TREATMENT IDEA 2.0

Sheer drapes are like a warm, soft light bulb. It softens or dims the view. I suggest a “clear” drape without details. This is similar to mine and understated.

3. TREES

In Colorado Aspen trees are popular landscaping solutions because they grow quickly and are reasonably priced.

We planted Aspens outside of our living room windows. We loved the privacy in front of a large bay window and duplicated it for the window in our primary bathroom.

4. BLINDS TOP-DOWN OR BOTTOM-UP

Over the years we have added a variety of window blind coverings. We add the top down blinds for our primary bath ( when the Aspen tree sheds it leaves for winter).

We get the much-needed light without a view of our air conditioners and the extra BBQ grill. Oh my gosh, I just realized our side yard is the un sightly view!

We installed motorized blinds we found online They come with a remote.

5. INDOOR PLANTS

Indoor plants are a great distraction for a view. I have used real, artifical and a row of potted house plants to direct the eye away from the window to inside the window. Does that make sense.

If you are asking what is that plant sitting on check out my storage tip.

Potted plants on a window ledge or or a side table infront of a window added color, height and width to a space. It is the trifecta if you have an unsightly view!

POTTED PLANTS FOR INTERIORS

It draws an eye to the flowers on the interior side of the window and not out at the wheelbarrow with a flat tire in your neighbor’s side yard.

USE THE WINDOW LEDGE

As I explained in this post a window ledge is untapped real estate in front of a window. You can DIY a window ledge and add a row of potted plants to distract from the view outside the window.

Take a look at your Christmas decor on a fireplace. I staged this on our hearth and knew I could replicate it on a side table and place it against a window.

Switch out the pine trees for spring plants and you have a centerpiece of sorts for the window.

I added this to my window and change the greenery for this dining room window that has a view of the backyard. It’s a beautiful view in the summer but in the middle of winter, it is a real eyesore with snow and Elliott’s morning constitutionals.

DESK OR SIDE TABLE

I Move the desk in front of a window. The eye (or renter or homeowner) see the desk/remote space/ office instead of the mechanicals on the 8th floor of your apartment #805.

Photo Source: Pottery Barn

ADD LAYERS

If you have a Winnebago parked next to your house this is what I call a double down up situation for a bad view.

Add the sky high window treatments. I found mine here.

And then add a real or faux plant. I have used this in a lower level window in our basement and I did it to disguise our concrete drievway that often looks like a Toyatathon commercial when all my boys (including my newest son) are visiting our house.

This Ficus Tree is on Sale!

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4 Comments

  1. This is a good article, thanks Laura! As a matter of fact, my neighbor does have a RV parked in their driveway and I am trying to sell our house. I am going to use both the drapes installed higher and the plant idea in front of the window.

    1. Good luck with the showings! You just need one offer! xo laura

  2. Great suggestions! My daughter ‘s view in her pretty small shared NYC apartment bedroom is an ugly brick wall with pipes. I’m sharing this post with her. She might have room for a fake plant because a live one would never survive! It’s a nice apartment with good roommates.

    1. Another idea is to get the top down bottom up blinds. That way you get the view of the skies or trees, but not anything at eye level!
      Thank you LInda! xo laura

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