The décor in your home is a representation of your personal taste. An easy upgrade to your home is to switch out your wall plates. Small touches like decorative wall switch plates can immediately accentuate your interior design.
Look Beyond the Furnishings
In addition to your sofa, throw pillows, drapes and furniture, the hardware in your home will accentuate its overall visual impact. Every aspect of the room contributes to the big picture. Don’t forget to consider customizing the electrical switch plates to as an accessory that will contribute to the impression the room will give. It is best to maintain any theme you establish with all the plates in a room.
A home’s wall plates are similar to the flowers and flourishes added with icing on a wedding cake. They add to the ambience of a room like the colorful ribbons and bows that top a thoughtfully wrapped box enhance the experience of receiving the gift. This kind of adornment is relatively small but the visual impact can be significant. Whimsical, classical, modern or romantic switch plates will contribute to the overall style or theme of your home’s style. How do we make the switch to decorative wall plates?
Choose the Right Plates
Selecting the right switch plates is the most difficult part of the entire process. You will need to make two decisions:
1. What message is the wall plate intended to convey?
Ideally, you have already identified your personal style. You know the kind of shapes you prefer and how you want to feel inside your home. Are you going for relaxed comfort or stylishness? Do you prefer elegantly simple or effortless hominess in your environment? Are you nostalgic or contemporary? Undoubtedly your color choices, furniture and accessories already contribute to the current sense of style, so your new switch plates will accentuate it even more.
2. What is the market availability of your switch plates that match your style?
It is possible to have switch plates custom-made but they will likely be very costly and time-consuming. If you prefer not to take that on, look at the availability of plates that may approximate what you have in mind. You may want your beach-side cottage to have switch plates that have a driftwood textured or you may envision a stained glass or marble theme to adorn your contemporary interior design. You should be able to find a design that’s just perfect for your home.
Out with the Old and in with the New
The only tools you need to change out the old plates are a flat-head screwdriver and a couple of empty containers (boxes, bowls or plates) to make sure you don’t lose any of the parts.
Begin by unwrapping the new plates and screws (if included) and putting them into one of the boxes or plates. Use the screwdriver to remove the screws and lift off the old plate. Be sure to put the screws into the other empty container. Now replace the missing switch plate with the new one and screw it into place. When you finish you may have to vacuum or sweep up any dust or debris that fell out of the wall when the fixture was removed. Your new switch plates will be good to go.
Little Touches Make the Difference
Customized switch plates are a fun way to express your personal style. Whether guests notice or not, you will be pleased with your initiative and creativity.