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Best Color Outlets and Switches for Wall Plates

Colorful Light Switches

While most outlets and light switches are white upon installation, they can sometimes be different colors. This might seem like a small thing, but a gray light switch with a white wall plate can clash. This blog will guide you on choosing wall plates that coordinate with your light switches and outlets, depending on their colors.


Let's start with the standard. White light switches and outlets are found in most homes, and they usually come with matching white switch plate covers—but that doesn't mean that's the only option. In addition to going well with white plates, white switches and outlets coordinate exceptionally well with black, gray, metal, and virtually any color plates. This allows you to coordinate your outlets with your décor, instead of worrying about having them match your switches and outlets.


If your switches and outlets are a shade of gray, white plates would make them stand out like a sore thumb. Instead, surround them with metallic plates in a silver finish—stainless steel, aluminum, chrome, nickel, and so on. Mirrored switch plates also look great with this color.


Light almond or cream-colored switches and outlets might look white at first glance. But if you put a pure white wall plate around them, you'll quickly see their actual color, and the pairing won't look great. If you notice that those outlets and switches don't quite match the white plate covers, consider upgrading them. You can compare their color for a cottage-inspired look. If you're looking for something a bit different, stainless steel works well with this shade, especially if you have stainless steel accents elsewhere (like in the kitchen). You could also go for a beachy feel and get a plate cover in seafoam green or navy blue.


Ivory is another color that might look white until you replace the switch plates. If you want something that works better with an ivory switch or outlet, try stainless steel. Other metallic options include metals with a yellow undertone to complement the ivory's undertones, such as brass or bronze.


While black switches aren't incredibly standard, but they make for an elegant and sleek finish. Black switches and outlets look great with white wall plates, and they can pop. Other great options would be a matching black to create a stylish and sophisticated look. You can also try gray or stainless steel plates, red to make them pop, or gold to make those switches look truly glamorous.

If your switch plates aren't working with your switches and outlets' colors, you should know that there are a lot more options out there than white. Look at our selection of wall plates online to see just how many choices you have available to you. We offer plates in a variety of colors, materials, and styles to not only work with the color of your plates but to perfectly complement your room's décor as well. Check out our online stock today!

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