I chose this dilemma because it's so real-life. Lots of us deal with similar walls in our own homes, and they're just plain frustrating:
I have this wall that's just awkward, and has too many switches on it. Help! I don't know what to put there. The picture is way too high because of all the switches, and I do not even care to have that picture there.
I would love to hear what you think!
I have a very similar wall in my house, that just happens to be one of the first things you see when you enter the front door. I'm still working on mine, so I'll save it for later. As for Charity's wall, this is what I would do:
(And, go ahead and make fun of me now for my lack of PhotoShop skills. . .Maybe one day!)
Much like we girls dress ourselves, treating this wall all comes down to the art of distraction. In other words, focus on the good parts and do your best to disguise/ignore the rest.
First, I would lose the picture. At the height it's currently hanging, it's only drawing more attention to the switches, thermostat, etc.
Second, I would take advantage of the fact that it is a tall wall and draw the eye up by staggering a grouping of sunburst mirrors (in various sizes) up the wall. Sunbursts are a better alternative than round or square mirrors because their shape makes them easier to place closely to those unsightly wall plates. (And, they look great in an asymmetrical arrangement.)
And, finally, I would further distract from the wall switches by using some patterned throw pillows on the sofa. It just gives you more pretty stuff to look at and makes you forget about the not-so-pretty stuff. (How do you like that for fancy designer talk?!)
I know you've got some great ideas for this one, so what would you do?