Last Updated on October 9, 2022 by Barry Gray
Having exposed electrical wires on a ceiling can be distracting and unattractive. Luckily, there are some clever ways to hide electrical wires on your ceiling. So, if you’re looking to hide exposed wiring from light fixtures, speakers, or a television, then this is for you!
Here are 6 clever ways you can hide electrical wires on a ceiling:
- Cord concealer covers
- Crown molding
- Using electrical wires as decorations
- Paint electrical wires
- Run wires through ceiling holes
- Drop ceiling
Hopefully these 6 methods will give you an idea of which will work best for you to hide your electrical wires on your ceiling.
Cord Concealer Covers
Cord concealers are a type of plastic tubing that are inexpensive options and are also easy to install. You can find these cord concealers in a variety of sizes and lengths to suit any home electrical needs.
The way they work is simple. You basically stick them on to the ceiling, run the electrical wires through them, and then slide the cover on top to conceal the wires.
You can use these simple additions along the parameter of your ceiling. You can also run them across your ceiling in straight lines or get creative and run them in patterns or shapes of your choice – many of them include additional connectors which will allow for creating patterns or shapes.
They come in different profiles, but this is my favorite one because it’s slim and sleek (link to Amazon) – it also comes with those additional connectors I just told you about.
You can also paint them to match your walls or ceiling colors. By changing the cord concealer covers to match the color of your ceiling, they will disappear effortlessly into the background, making them virtually invisible.
Most homes use crown moldings to cover the intersections of ceilings and walls. The crown molding usually adds decorative flair, but it also serves the purpose of hiding ugly gaps between ceilings and walls.
However, you can also use crown moldings to hide electrical wires. By placing these wires along the ceiling edges behind the crown molding, you can have a sleek, minimalistic look without the eyesore of wires and cables.
If you already have crown molding installed, you will have to remove it, run the wiring across the intersection, and then reinstall the crown molding.
If you are looking to install crown molding as an added feature, be sure to choose a style that will suit your current décor so that it will not look out of place once you add it to a room.
You can either paint crown molding to match the wall colors and help it blend into the room seamlessly, or you can choose a color or material (like wood) that will complement the room.
Use the Electrical Wires as Decorations
Instead of trying everything to hide the electrical wires, you can also embrace them and use them as part of your design scheme. You can find TONS of examples of decorative electrical wires on the internet that will surely inspire you.
Here are a few examples from Pinterest…
From a skyline to trees or plants, or even using a combination of decorative stickers with them to showcase scenery like birds on a telephone wire, the possibilities are endless. Some homeowners have spelled out words or silhouettes with their wires to give their homes a funky, creative vibe.
You can use staples, ceiling clamps, or tacks to fix the electrical wires to your ceiling.
Paint the Electrical Wires
If purchasing covers or crown molding seems like too much effort or is maybe out of your budget, you could opt for the simple route of painting your electrical wires. If the electrical wires are the same color as your ceiling, they will be hard to distinguish from the rest of the room and can be hidden easily with minimal effort.
As mentioned earlier, you can easily adhere any exposed electrical wires on the ceiling with a method that works for you, including staples, clamps, tacks, or other simple materials. Once your wires are in place and secure, you can paint the exposed wiring and the associated products keeping them in place.
In no time at all, your electrical wires will be blended into your ceiling and out of your vision.
Run Wires Through Ceiling Holes
If none of these ideas seems like a viable option for your home, you can drill (or cut) small holes in the ceiling to run electrical wires through the room without having them visible. This method may not work for everyone, but it is an option that some homeowners choose to employ to keep the look of a room uncluttered and wire-free.
I actually did this in my bedroom. My light switch seemed too far away from my bed (or maybe I’m just lazy), so I ran a second wire through a hole in my ceiling and fixed the second switch right next to my bed!
If you may not be comfortable performing this task on your own, then simply hire a professional, or a handyman, to do it for you. If you are a DIY handy individual, then obscuring electrical wires behind the ceiling can be a simple job and will not take much time.
For others, getting a professional contractor is the best choice to ensure the job will be completed on time and correctly.
While this method may not work for every situation, some homeowners have found it is a straightforward choice for hiding electrical wires on a ceiling completely. It could work especially great if you have TONS of wires!
Drop ceilings, or suspended ceilings, hang slightly lower than the original one and are great for covering up unsightly features like sprinkler system heads or ceiling wires. These ceilings are more popular in office buildings, but some homes incorporate them too.
Drop ceilings these days come in a variety of styles and colors to suit any home décor and are a far cry from the old corrugated drop panels in metal t-shaped frames. From fiberglass to metal, the options for drop ceiling panels will astound you and give your room a creative edge while hiding electrical wires.
Here are some Pinterest examples of cool drop ceilings in a home setting…
There are numerous ways homeowners hid electrical wires on their ceilings throughout the years. How you decide to camouflage your electrical wires is entirely up to you and will be dependent on the style and shape of the ceiling space in your room. From low-cost options to high-end products, several choices will work in any situation.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. You could be surprised at how easily you can create an attractive living space using a simple method to hide the electrical wires on your ceiling. Explore one or more of these options to see which choice will work best for your home décor and room structure.