A wallplate’s a wallplate—unless it’s a wall plate that has style, that is. Ordinary white, plastic wallplates have little to offer in the style department, and yet they tend to be the most common material people use in their homes. This is generally because it’s the builder’s default, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for what the builder bought in bulk. Keep reading if you want to up your wallplates’ style game, but you’re worried about overdoing it. This blog will give you some ideas of subtle changes you can make that still make a bit of style impact.
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Change the Shape
Wallplates are rectangular because the cutout behind them, which keeps the electrical wiring accessible when needed, is also rectangular. So, while you can’t completely change the shape of the plate, you can look for small changes that make a big impact. For example, soft curves on the top and bottom edges of a plate can give it a special kind of elegance. Rounded corners also soften the look of the typical wallplate and give an entirely different vibe than sharp corners. These slight changes to the shape of your typical wallplate can make a huge difference.
Try Screwless Plates
The screws on the front of your wallplates serve an obvious purpose, but they certainly don’t add much style. Think about all of the other fixtures in your home. Do they keep the screws holding them in place front and center for all to see? Probably not. So why is it normal for your wallplates to keep their hardware on display? If you think about it, it’s practically scandalous! With screwless wallplates, you can tuck those screws away and give your plates a more modern look. These have a back frame that screws into the wall and a front face plate that snaps into place, keeping the screws hidden and keeping your plates looking sleek, smooth, and stylish.
Switch Up the Material
Plastic is out of style—meaning, it lacks it entirely. Switching those plastic wallplates out for a more sophisticated material can make a huge difference in the overall style of your home. Metal plates like copper, nickel, steel, brass, and bronze add a touch of elegance to your space and bring it into the 21st century. And because there are so many different metals to choose from, it’s easy to find something in the right shade to match your décor. Choose a nickel wallplate for rooms decorate with shades of gray or a bronze wallplate if your space is in shades of brown.