Can you cover a light switch plate?

Can you cover a light switch plate?

Instead of those plain white or off white covers, now you can have a cover that perfectly matches your décor or even shows off your favorite hobby or passion. Switch plate covers aren’t even that difficult to decorate and it’s perfect safe provided you know what you’re doing.

What should switch plates match?

Ideally they should match the wall, or at least not stick out like the proverbial sore thumb. You can usually paint the switch plates to match the wall. Lightly sanding the plate first will help the paint adhere.

Are metal switch plate covers safe?

Safety When you over-tighten a screw on a plastic switch plate, the cover can crack. For your safety, choose metal switch plates. They won’t crack or break off exposing internal wiring. They are your most durable and reliable choice.

Are all switch plates the same size?

There are three common wall plate sizes: standard, midsize/midway and jumbo. When selecting a size, the plate should completely cover the electrical box opening. If the opening is oversized, you may need a jumbo plate to conceal it.

What color should my switch plates be?

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.

What color should your light switch covers be?

White switches continue to be the most popular finish, and they’re the easiest to match plates to. You’ll find the greatest range of electrical switches, outlets, dimmers, motion devices, sound systems, & home security controls in white.

Can I paint brass switch plates?

Almost any wall plate can be painted, even your thermostat. Paint them ~ but do it right! Detailed below step by step are the necessary functions needed to paint your outlet and switch plates and have quality end result. Improper techniques can lead to your paint finish to bubble, peel or chip and look awful!

Are metal outlet covers bad?

Cracked wall plates on electrical outlets can turn into dust traps and, ultimately, fire hazards. Lint, dust, and hair can act as kindling when they accumulate around the outlet behind the plate, increasing the chances of a short circuit. And that fire could smolder or spread in your walls, making it hard to put out.

What is the standard switch plate size?

The standard size single switch or outlet cover plate is nominally 2.75 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall.

What is midway size?

Midway – Slightly larger on all sides to help cover wall imperfections. Often considered “standard’ in many parts of the country. Jumbo – Notably larger on all sides to help cover more significant wall imperfections.