I have an old tattered scratching post in the corner of my living room. We managed to get it in beige to at least match the carpet, but it's still ugly and torn to pieces. Unfortunately, the cats love it, they can't live without it.
Someday I hope to wean them off of our scratching post and get them more interested in these Cat Cocoons by Plushpod that are half scratching post and half hideaway. The simple design lets it fit in almost anywhere, but the corrugated texture makes it a million times more interesting as furniture than any scratching post.