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How do you make exposed ductwork look good?

How do you make exposed ductwork look good?

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of covering up your exposed pipes and ducts, but you also don’t want them to draw too much attention, simply paint them the same color as the ceiling or walls that surround them. Painted in a unifying hue, they will blend in and become part of a cohesive background palette.

How do you hide exposed ducts?

How to Hide That Awful Ductwork!

  1. Create a tray ceiling.
  2. Drop the ceiling in one area to create intimacy.
  3. Create faux rafters.
  4. Use unique soffits when framing out ductwork.
  5. Incorporate ceiling framing with wall framing.
  6. When you can’t beat ’em – embrace them!

Is exposed ductwork cheaper?

Installation. A good exposed duct installation should cost a little more than one that will never be seen above a ceiling. It doesn’t have to cost a lot more, but all of those special design features, shipping strategies and backup plans cost money.

Is exposed ductwork expensive?

The cost of exposed ductwork averages $6.50 to $17.50 a square foot. This includes the system trunk and the branches that reach the vents. Exposed systems are easier to reach but often have a nicer finish than hidden systems.

How do you make exposed pipes in chic?

Place vintage furniture, a colorful carpet and maybe, a few artifacts or decorative potted plants and your living area will look sensational. You can check this decor for inspiration, one of our favorite designs. Check out this great DIY project with rustic wood and exposed pipes!

Can you paint exposed ductwork?

It’s best to use latex paint, and because ducts are located in out-of-the-way places, you can usually get away with using a paintbrush. If the ducts are prominent, though, you may want to spray paint them.

Should exposed ductwork be insulated?

The ducts are exposed to the same cold, heat and humidity that exist on the outside. Insulating them is essential in colder climates, optional in milder ones and necessary in humid climates to prevent condensation.

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