The devil really is in the details when it comes to design, and the more spaces I complete, the more I am convinced that every little detail can be thoughtfully chosen and beautifully executed. When planning for the renovation at the IDCO Lake House, I narrowed down the overall style I wanted to achieve — “elevated camp” — and then held every single item against that measure. From the floors, to the paint, to the lighting, and the furnishings, I chose it all carefully and intentionally.
The last thing any designer wants is to have a comprehensive design plan marred by unattractive but necessary elements. And of course, in a renovation, you can’t always change absolutely everything. That was definitely the case at the IDCO Lake House. For budget or other reasons, some things just had to be left alone, and the multiple HVAC vents in the living room ceiling fell into that category. Ideally, the vents would have been in less-obvious locations but since that was out of the question, I set about to make them as lovely as possible.
Enter, Stellar Air decorative vent and register covers. This brilliantly simple company creates beautiful register and return vent covers that are crafted out of unfinished wood that can be stained or painted to match your space. They come in standard sizes, of course, but Stellar Air can also create custom pieces and have a helpful guide to measuring your own vents and registers so you get the perfect fit.
There are several designs to choose from, ranging from modern to traditional and subtle to more bold. We chose the Gemstone pattern which feels a bit like a chic trellis, and we used it on the registers and return vents throughout the house. I knew they would be nicer-looking than the standard metal options, but I had no idea what a huge difference they would make! They are right up there with new door hardware for bang-for-your-buck pieces that will definitely elevate your design.
The process is super simple. I just took an inventory of all of the vents in the house, noting which ones were in the floor, the wall, or the ceiling and the different frame layouts. If you’re unsure about which frames you have, check out their helpful video. After they all arrived, we painted them the same shade as the walls and ceiling (Sherwin-Williams Greek Villa SW 7551) and installed them. Voila! Maintenance is simple, too. I’ll just pop them off (they are held on magnetically) and wipe them down with a damp cloth if they get dusty.
Wall Color: Greek Villa SW 7551
Floors: Palka Signature by Flooret (code IDCO33 for 33% off samples)
Door Hardware: Emtek Quincy in Flat Black Finish
Vent and Register Covers: Stellar Air
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