How to Cover Up an Ugly Through the Wall Air Conditioner

An ugly air conditioning unit that is in a window or wall can make your room look utilitarian, and tarnish the image you worked so hard to create when planning your home's decor and style.
A tall potted tree can help cover or disguise an air conditioning unit.A tall potted tree can help cover or disguise an air conditioning unit.
While you may need to keep air conditioning units for the warmer parts of the year, if you don’t have central air conditioning and heating, there are some things you can do to cover the air conditioner or make it less visible.

Step 1

Hang curtains over the window if you are using an air conditioner that is in the window. When hanging curtains, you will need to get extra long brackets to hold the curtain rod so the drapery doesn’t hit the air conditioner and billow outward. Use dark-colored draperies that match your decor and style, or draperies with a heavy backing, to keep anyone from seeing the air conditioner through the fabric on bright days.

Step 2

Put a piece of art or a decorative mirror over the air conditioner when you are not using it in the winter. If the air conditioner is high up in the room, consider leaning or hanging a large vertical piece of art in front of the air conditioner.

Step 3

Place a decorative screen in front of the air conditioner. A decorative screen can be moved when you are using the air conditioner, but if you use a wrought-iron or metal screen with holes in it, you may not need to move the screen when you turn the air conditioner on.

Step 4

Add a decorative plant with thick branches like an olive or orange tree or a shrub in front of the air conditioner. You can use a good-quality silk plant or tree so you don’t have to worry about taking care of the plant if you prefer.

Step 5

Move a console table in front of the air conditioner with a tall vase or decorative objects on top of the table if the air conditioning unit is higher up on the wall. If your air conditioning unit is closer to the ground, you may be able to get away with just using a console table with a decorative runner on top.

Step 6

Spray-paint the front of the air conditioner the same color as your wall. While paint may not fully hide the air conditioner, it will disguise it and make it much less noticeable.

Things You Will Need

  • Curtains with extra long brackets
  • Art or decorative mirror
  • Decorative screen
  • Live or fake plant or tree
  • Console table with decorative object or table runner
  • Paint

About the Author

Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."