This post was inspired by a design dilemma that All things G&D had a while ago. I'm not sure if she has corrected it yet, but if not heres a solution to decorating a wall that is interupted with light switches or thermostats.
Below is a wall that is central in our main floor. To the left is the family room, to the right is the powder room and laundry room. Infront are the stairs to the second level and the hallway that it sits in goes from the front door to the kitchen. It's right in the middle of all the action. So one would think this would be a great wall to be an accent wall right? Well unfortunately for me the builders didn't think so and put 4 light switchs on the wall right in the middle! The three on the left are for the kitchen and the hallway, the one on the right is for the upstairs hallway. To top it all off the two panels aren't even level with one another. I had originally bought a mirror for this space thinking it would be a great place for it, but it didn't fit in between the switches and looked silly above the switches. So on to plan B.
I grabbed some of our accent wall paint Benjamin Moore HC-72 Branchport Brown, and painted the entire wall a deep chocolate brown. Next I got some inexpensive frames from Ikea in cream, but all different sizes, see where I'm going with this? The switch plate covers are white so they really stood out now. If you think carefully these rectanlges could be very graphic, so below is the result. I made a collage of family photos, placing the frames at different heights and turning some on their side. So now the switch plates don't stand out as much and the result is an accent wall of our family that is always getting updated.