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Easy Home Upgrade: Switch Out Your Wall Plates

Antique Copper Wall Plate

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there's one thing that many people have had in common—the itch to do home-improvement projects. While we may all have a little extra time at home these days, we don't all have time for a significant home renovation. But if you've got the itch, there are many easy home upgrades that you can do with your time. One option that often gets overlooked is replacing your switch plate covers. Please keep reading to learn more about how this simple change can make a big difference and how to do it safely.

Upgrading the Details

You might think that something as small as your switch plates or outlet covers couldn't possibly make an impact on the look of your space. But consider another popular, easy renovation project that many people do: replacing your cupboard knobs and drawer pulls in your kitchen or bathroom. It's widely acknowledged that replacing that hardware on your cabinets and drawers can make a massive difference in your space's look. So why would switch plates and outlet covers by any different?

When it comes to home design, the little details can be what pulls it together. If you have a very distinctive decorating style, shouldn't all parts of the room coordinate and match that style? While white plastic might be reasonably neutral, it doesn't compliment a rustic or even a highly contemporary decorating style.

More Options Than You Think

Until now, you might not have even been aware that you could coordinate your plate covers. You might have been under the impression that white plastic was the only option out there. But there are a lot more choices available to you than you think. You can purchase outlet and light switch covers in nickel, brass, copper, wood, and more, with countless colors and style options. This makes it possible to coordinate with any decorating style perfectly.

Replacing the Old Covers

If you're ready to get your quick home renovation project underway, all you'll need is your new covers, some small screws if they're not included with the covers and a screwdriver. Though you shouldn't have to touch any electrical wires to replace the plate covers, it's not a bad idea to shut off the power to whatever area you're working in to be safe.

Once this is done, unscrew the old plate cover and set it aside. Align the new plate cover with the screw holes and screw it on. That's all it takes! Replace all the switch plates and outlet covers in a room to create a coordinated look. When you're done, you can turn the power back on to the area. You may also want to sweep or vacuum and wipe down the walls around the plate covers, as some dust may have fallen from the openings during your project.

You'll be amazed at how quickly some decorative outlet covers can transform a room. If you're looking for a comfortable home upgrade to do while you're spending more time at home, check out our selection of outlet covers and switch plate covers today!

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