Saturday, 26 October 2013

Basic considerations for buying wall plates


Switch plates are often an afterthought for homeowners when they choose to start fixing up or renovating their homes. There are a number of things that must be kept in mind when shopping for wall plates and switch covers. If done properly, the switch covers and plates will harmonize with your home decor and will add to the overall style and design of your home.

Before you spend significant dollars to buy designer switch covers and plates, make sure that your current switches and outlets are designed to accept them. If you have old switches and outlets, you may need to have an electrician change the outlets and switches to fit in the latest designs of wall covers and switches.

Count how many covers and plates you need. You will probably be surprised about how many you have. Make a simple list of the number and types of wall plates that you needed rather than playing guess work at the store. If you go prepared, you can save time, as well as money.

Decide what style and design of switch covers and wall plates you want to buy. You would find that switch covers and wall plates come in all sorts of styles and designs, including wood, plastic, ceramic, and metal. However, the wood, metal and other materials are expensive. Plus, these designer wall plates will not likely match the paint on your walls. Paintable wall plates allow you to achieve the perfect and seamless style and look in your home decor.

Gone are the days of boring cream and white colored switch plates. Today, you can get the wall covers in every possible color. However, again these “colored plates” will still not match your wall’s paint color. Rather than having to decide which color plates you think might look the best, buy wall covers that can be painted to an exact match of your wall colors. Talk about seemless!!

Keep these points in mind and you will be happy with your shopping for wall covers and switch plates.

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