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In a kitchen, moving the outlets to a lower, horizontal position helps keep them out of the design-critical parts of the backsplash. And because you won't have long cords snaking up to a higher plug, they'll be mostly out of sight when in use.
Specify a special plate cover to match other design elements. My mom always said, "If you can't fix it, feature it." That is the exact sentiment behind the decision to use sleek stainless-steel plate covers for the switches and outlets in this contemporary kitchen.
Mirrored plate covers make these outlets almost disappear.
Tuck the outlets under the cabinets. If it is really important for you to not see any outlets in the backsplash, then consider running a plug strip behind the under-cabinet lights. This removes the unsightly plugs completely.
This picture shows the true value of the under-cabinet outlet location. Any plug or switch in the middle of this gorgeous mosaic tile would just ruin the pattern and take away from the overall design.
What are some creative ways in which you've hidden plugs or outlets?
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