Switchplates with Style

Make an electrical outlet or switch disappear by painting or wallpapering it to match the wall. (Wallpaper gets dirty fast, so make two and store one for later.) Alternately, these decorative covers turn the switch plate into an architectural detail.

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Classic Switchplate


From the company making U.L.-approved pushbutton switches, the ‘Egg & Dart’ plate in Antique Brass ($11.95). Many styles and configurations. classicaccents.net

Arts & Crafts Switchplate


Aged and lacquered solid-copper plates are by artist James Mattson. Shown: ‘Landscape’ and ‘Bungalow Rose’, each $42.50 for a single toggle. jamesmattson.com

Celtic Knots Switchplates


Timeless knot designs are among many styles for decorative plates from Kyle, running from French Classic to Prairie, Southwest to Steampunk. Plates come in 100 configurations, 30 finishes. Singles $18.95 in stainless steel. kyleswitchplates.com

Wood Switchplate


Every one unique, raw-edge red cedar switch plates fit the cabin or lodge; starting at $19.99. Durable satin finish. See lots of nature, wildlife, and lodge themes in various materials. thecabinshop.com


Custom stone, quartz, and ceramic switch plates include the Crema Marfile marble (double outlet) and Ming Green marble (single toggle), $35 and up. Nice for a stone-clad or tiled room, or an Italianate parlor. stonewallplates.com

Cow Switchplate


Not only decorative, but tactile, too: plates covered in cow hair are from SwitchHits, whose offerings range from basic to bejeweled. Many leather options, as well as metal, ceramic, and glass. As shown above, $20.50. switchhits.com


House of Antique Hardware has dozens of switch-plate designs, in punched-tin through mid-century styles. Shown, duplex outlet in 1930s white porcelain, $6.49; ‘Bungalow’ pushbutton in solid brass, $12.49. houseofantiquehardware.com

Raccoon Switchplate


R is for Ricky Raccoon, one in the 3D Animal series from SwitchHits, who offer a huge selection in many materials. Hand-carved and -painted wood. Single toggle, $9.50. switchhits.com

Tags: decorative accessories electrical OHJ May 2017 switch plates

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Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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