What to Do with Exposed Pipes in Your Home

Many houses, particularly older buildings, have exposed pipes. Although pipes are vital for your home’s heating, cooling, electrical, and drainage, they often look unsightly and do not fit with your desired interior design and décor.

In this article, we will explore different solutions to the problem of exposed pipes.

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Painting Pipes

You may choose not to conceal exposed pipes and instead incorporate them into your interior design plan! Many people paint their pipes the same colour as the walls so that they blend in with the rest of the room. Another option is to actually emphasise the pipes as a design feature by painting them a different colour, such as a metallic tone for an industrial look, or a bold primary colour for a quirky, eye-catching vibe!

There are many different examples of exposed pipes being used to significant effect for stylish interior designs from pipes painted red and white like candy canes to ultra-modern and brutalist-inspired looks. Different pipes are made from different materials and come in different designs, from copper or brass to black threaded pipe. It is essential to make sure that you choose the correct type of paint to adhere to the material that your pipes are made of.


You may well be able to simply obscure exposed pipes with furniture, such as a bookcase. If you cannot find a bookcase that fits, you may even be able to build your own or adapt an existing one to fit neatly around your pipes!

Cabinets and False Ceilings

One common solution to the problem of exposed pipes is to build or install a cabinet, usually made of wood, around them. This can be a straightforward solution, especially for exposed pipes that do not take up much space and are localised to one part of the room.

If you have pipes running across the entire ceiling, it may be worth designing what is known as a false ceiling to cover large areas of the ceiling or even the entire thing. There are different ways to make a false ceiling, but they usually feature fixing struts and ceiling panels, usually made of wood.

Pipe Covers

Many stores offer coverings to hide pipes. These are usually made of wood, but even materials like rope are often used for a different aesthetic effect. Pipe covers vary from wooden constructs to simple adhesive wraps that can be installed in seconds, and also come with the additional benefit of providing insulation!

Other Tips

Whether you are trying to conceal your exposed pipes or draw attention to them, there are plenty of other ways that you can think outside of the box. Entwining rope, string lights or even foliage around your pipes can be incredibly stylish! If you do not want to use real foliage, such as creeping vines, that requires watering and maintenance, you can buy fake foliage online that gives the same effect with no hassle!

There are plenty of ways that you can think outside of the box and use your imagination when it comes to interior design.

Daisy by Dana Shaked

Daisy by Dana Shaked

Oficinas Larrañaga 92 by PSV Arquitectura

Oficinas Larrañaga 92 by PSV Arquitectura