Asked on Nov 19, 2015

What color switch plates?

by Marylou
Dover white cabinets, white marble backsplash, black granite counters ( with rust and gray). Cabinet hardware is black washed pewter. Should I use white or black washed pewter switch plates?
  15 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 19, 2015
    The big question is what color is the wall?
  • Barbara Dube Losee Barbara Dube Losee on Nov 19, 2015
    Switch plates should match the background on which they are mounted, that way they will blend in. They are meant to be functional, not decorative.
    • Marylou Marylou on Nov 19, 2015
      Thanks... Backsplash alfi white marble with grey and some off white. So white or stainless?
  • Laurie Smith Laurie Smith on Nov 19, 2015
    brushed stainless..
  • Ruth Ruth on Nov 20, 2015
    I like brushed nickel for cabinet door handles and switch plates.
  • Michelle Harbee Michelle Harbee on Nov 20, 2015
    Use whatever color your wall is. Personally, I want the decor in my house to stand out, not my outlets and switches. You want them to blend in, rather than be a focal point. You can purchase wooden covers and paint them to match your wall.
  • Nicole Henry Nicole Henry on Nov 20, 2015
    I would say brushed stainless also!
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Nov 20, 2015
    I always paint over all my wall plates and switch plates to match the walls. i hate seeing a plate looking like it should be a piece of art, drawing my eye to it. It should blend in as if it was not there.
  • Jim L Jim L on Nov 20, 2015 do not want to draw attention to them. My cabinets are Dover white, backsplash white subway time and outlets white...a seamless look... In other parts of the house, the outlets (and cover plates) are painted the color of whatever they are on...wall or base board.
  • Tammy Sea Tammy Sea on Nov 20, 2015
    Depends on what look you want. If you want them to be a design element, go with black. If not, use your wall color to help them blend in. Personally, I'd like that pop of color. :)
  • Terrie Neudorf Terrie Neudorf on Nov 20, 2015
    If you them to blend in with the wall and backsplash go light . If you want then to stand out then do dark . I find when I use metallics that antiquing stains rubbed on work really well.
  • Terrie Neudorf Terrie Neudorf on Nov 20, 2015
    Hi, it's a gel stain you get them in the hobbie part of most hardware stores .if you have a Home Depot . Thier in the paint department.
  • Betsy Lacallade Betsy Lacallade on Nov 20, 2015
    Do you know how to faux marble? Very very fun. I would begin with a white base and use gray mixed with white. Another words marble the gray into the background to make it look very real. This method is done with a feather. Drag your feather to the right and up very softly, with a very shaky hand. Just a little practice.
    • Marylou Marylou on Nov 20, 2015
      Wonderful idea. Could I do it on metal switch plates. (I had an assortment of different outlets... Toggles, gfi, triple toggles etc). Can you recommend a website on how to do that? Love this idea!!'thanks
  • Barbara Dube Losee Barbara Dube Losee on Nov 20, 2015
    If your décor is Country, I'd go white or off-white. If your more Modern or Mid- Century Modern, stainless would look fantastic!
  • Ltl2172291 Ltl2172291 on Nov 21, 2015
    Switch plates ( at least I think ) should blend in to the wall. Why make them a different color? Do you really want switch plates to be a focal point?
  • Lynda Dexter Lynda Dexter on Nov 21, 2015
    I always find that when you have 2 predominate colors it is always best to have a 3rd accent color. Just little touches of the 3rd color can really make a room POP. You can choose your favorite color or one that is already there in the counters such as the rust. You could do them in a rust color then add a few more accents in the rust, such as a flower vace, a set of canisters or what ever tou can find that you like. I think it would be beautiful.