An Easy 5-Minute Upgrade for Lazy Home Improvers (and Renters)

Good design is in the details—no matter how small. Today we’re here to shine the light (pun intended) on those white plastic light switch plates that are so commonplace, they’re often overlooked as permanent fixtures. No matter what your style, we promise there’s a wall plate that complements your home design better than the existing smudge-prone standard. All you need is a screwdriver and a few bucks, so start swapping.

European/Industrial

At first glance, this stainless steel Legrand Pass & Seymour switch plate from Home Depot may not scream design gold (or silver), but its vintage utilitarian feel will act as a subtle nod to European antique design, peppering your space with architectural character (not unlike the example at the top).

Modern Art Deco

Similar to our first switch plate, this brass beauty from CB2 has that simple antique forged metal quality without looking uber utilitarian/industrial. The unique shape of this piece gives it a geometric art deco appeal that will instantly elevate any space.

Whimsical Bohemian

If you like the antique look, but want something a bit more ornate, this charming swan switch plate from Anthropologie will add a touch of whimsy without going overboard magical-unicorn-in-a-forest-of-hobbits status (a look we also fully support).

Traditional

This darling beaded white metal switch plate from Wayfair is so sweet we can’t help but picture it in a nursery. However, its versatile old-fashioned enamel look lends itself well to many traditional spaces, or any space looking to add a classic element.

Earthy Organic

Whether you’re an earthy, boho, or an organic minimalist, you understand the value of bringing outside elements in when possible. If natural materials are your jam, this simple wood switch plate from Amazon is a good fit. For light-colored walls, go for the unfinished oak option, which will blend in nicely and add a subtle wood texture. If you’re a maximalist, a darker stained wood or treated live edge piece could be the bold statement you’re looking for. Go with your gut here.

Glam

Because light switches can be in odd places, it’s usually a good idea to keep your plates subtle (like all of our options so far). Sometimes, however, changing out a light switch plate is the perfect opportunity to add a little piece of art to your walls. We love this fun dotted switch plate from Anthropologie for any room that needs a heavy dose of style in a small package.

Of course, DIYing is always an option, and when a 28-cent replacement plate is waiting at your local hardware, why not get creative? Whether your medium is washi tape or fabric, think outside the box.

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