Donna Rubin Design

Details…details….

Walls are covered with an array of light switches, electrical outlets, vents, and speaker covers. Kitchen backsplash areas are loaded with switches and electric receptacles. What is my approach to painting, with these “interruptions” of the visual surface? On a tiled surface, I like to paint the receptacle plates so that they appear to be part of the tile pattern. On walls, I include them in the mural or paint finish. Otherwise, they’d stand out and distract from the overall look. Here are some examples:

Here are a few pictures of some outlet covers I painted along a green granite backsplash.

Can you imagine how it would look if they were bright white?

Outlet plates and switch covers painted to blend into the green granite backsplash.

Outlet plates and switch covers painted to blend into the green granite backsplash.

Outlet plates painted to blend into the granite backsplash.

Outlet plates painted to blend into the granite backsplash.

 

The vent cover blends right in to the travertine walls.

Vent cover painted to blend into travertine walls.

Here are a few pictures from a tile backsplash with a very distinct pattern, and a lot of outlets/switches!

Outlet plate painted to blend into backsplash tile pattern.

Outlet plate painted to blend into backsplash tile pattern.

Switch/outlet plate painted to blend into backsplash tile pattern.

Switch/outlet plate painted to blend into backsplash tile pattern.

Absolute continuity!

Absolute continuity!

 

Particularly when the switch and outlet placement is unusual on the wall, it helps to paint everything for a uniform look.

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Switch and outlet plate painted to match brick backsplash tile.

 

One of my favorites! The TV is mounted to a large stone wall above the fireplace, and the contractor built two wood channels to hide all the wiring. But what about hiding them? I painted them to line up and match the surrounding stones!

Cable housing from TV mount painted to match and disappear into the stone wall.

 

 Here is a fun mural I painted with an amusement park theme. The only problem? Look closely.

Amusement park themed mural painted in playroom, incorporating wall-mounted heating unit in design.

Amusement park themed mural painted in playroom.

A wall mounted heater becomes part of the mural!

The "snack bar" is painted into a wall-mounted heater panel

The “snack bar” is painted into a wall-mounted heater panel

 

Under the stairway is the perfect cozy spot to paint a Harry Potter themed mural nook, except for one issue….

Harry Potter themed stairway alcove mural.

Harry Potter themed stairway alcove mural.

Issue resolved, as the Monster Book of Monsters takes its place on the bookshelf,

disguising an electrical sub-panel!

The "Monster Book of Monsters" is painted onto an electrical sub-panel, located under the stairway.

The “Monster Book of Monsters” is painted onto an electrical sub-panel, located under the stairway.

 

This mural had a few challenges, as the basement wall was broken up by a series of utility access panels. One became the window, one is part of the stone wall, and a third….

Wine cabinet and window painted on a background of stone wall.

Wine cabinet and window painted on a background of stone wall.

Small access panel became part of the wine cabinet.

The wine cabinet disguises an access panel on the wall.

The wine cabinet disguises a framed access panel on the wall.

 

Here is a mural in a kitchen dining area, including a small painted faux window with the same view.

Mural of Italian lakeside scene with additional view from faux window.

Mural of Italian lakeside scene with additional view from faux window.

And here is the air vent, which would ruin that view if I hadn’t painted it to blend in!

The vent cover disappears into the mountains and sky.

The vent cover disappears into the mountains and sky.

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