Upgrading the color of your walls is an effective way to make a major impact on the appearance of your home. Even a slight change in color or wall texture catches the eye. Unfortunately, switch and outlet covers are often overlooked once a wall has been painted. Outdated cream-colored plastic switch plates can clash with modern paint colors and detract from the look you are trying to achieve. The following are a few ways to upgrade your switch cover.
It is often assumed that switch plates come in one of two colors — cream or white. Although these are the colors that you will most likely find at the corner hardware store, there is actually a huge range of colors available. For example, you can find wood-grain type switch plates that match the trim in a room. Or, look for switch plate covers in a bold but contrasting color, such as black plates on a red wall or dark blue switch covers for a pale robin's egg blue.
There are also custom options. You can have wall plates and outlet covers custom made in a color that matches the paint color on your walls. This makes the switches and outlets nearly invisible.
Plastic isn't the only option. Metal covers are increasingly popular, for example. You can find them in brushed nickel or aged brass so that they match the hardware on the doors and cabinets in a room.
Ceramic plates are another option. These come in a variety of shades, from pure white to bold colors. Ceramic is an excellent choice for bathrooms or kitchens, simply because the material resists stains and is easy to wipe clean. Further, the ceramic looks more natural when set into a tile backsplash compared to an old plastic plate.
Design can serve two functions, utilitarian or beauty. Utilitarian designs include options like switches and outlets that are set back in a cavity. These have a door that slides closed over them, hiding the outlet and switch from view while also providing a child-proof barrier. Push-button switches are also a utilitarian option, as they are easier to operate for some people, particularly those with issues that affect fine motor skills.
Designs for beauty include raised patterns and engravings, for example. A plate that has a pattern that blends into the wallpaper is an example of a design for beauty, as are plated with raised borders that emulate the design of the trim or ceiling molding.
Contact a switch plate and wall cover company to find all the options you have available.