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The 5 Minute Facelift for Your Home

Posted by Daltile Team on Jun 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Electrical Outlet & Light Switch Covers

Light switch plate in Urban Metals Bronze

Want to give your home a quick, inexpensive update? Electrical outlet covers and light switch plates get used multiple times every day and it shows. They get dingy, cracked, and droopy over time but it only takes a few minutes to fix all those things and give the whole room a fresh look.


Putting in new covers or plates is usually just a matter of a few screws. Simply remove the screw from the old cover then replace the new plate with a new screw. Be careful to keep your tools away from wiring and the electrical outlet plugs. Shut off the power to the area first.

Other cover and plate designs use magnets to attach to the wall so there are no screws to deal with at all. Installation becomes even easier and your switch plates and covers truly become a matter of décor.

If your upgrade gets more involved—loose outlets or switches, wires, etc.—contact your electrician for repairs.

Electrical outlet cover in Urban Metals Stainless Steel


A designer cover or plate can transform a space. It’s like getting a haircut for your living room. Everyone will know something is different but might not be able to put their fingers on the exact change. There are many options to choose from to make your space feel new.

Consider something that stands out against the wall instead of trying to blend in with it.

  • Metallic covers come in polished, brushed, and textured finishes for a unique look
  • Filigree covers are popular for craftsman style designs or for a hint of classic design in a contemporary space
  • Accented edges with rope, leaves, or geometric patterns make for elegant details

Light switch plate in Urban Metals Gunmetal

With new covers, you may want to update the receivers (switches and outlets) too—especially if your covers are dark and your switches and outlets are light colored. However, if your switches and outlets match the color of your walls, the different colored plate won’t detract, just act as some ornamentation. It’s like jewelry for your walls.

Take a few minutes to give your home an update that can really make a difference without much effort or expense. Replace electrical outlet and light switch covers for the fastest upgrade you’ve ever seen.

Topics: Remodel, Redesign, Bathroom Tile Ideas, Kitchen Tile Ideas

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