Forbes & Lomax - The Invisible Lightswitch - (Rocker switch shown above only available in the UK. Other switch versions available in the U.S.)(above)
I do not like going to a beautifully designed home where every detail is thought of...every detail except the opaque off-white plastic light switch and outlet plates peppered all over the walls and near the baseboards - switch plates that eventually and invariably turn a weird looking yellow color.
To me, these ubiquitous yellowish-turning plastic outlet and light plates can be an eyesore if not properly hidden. I'm not being overly picky and understand that some of you have homes with many concealed or semi-concealed plates and changing them all out would be a bit much OR that some of you are way too busy dealing with life in general (i.e. kids, family, friends, job, breathing, eating, managing your road rage as you drive down a canyon every morning behind the slowest drivers on earth (oops this last one really only applies to me I'm sure) and the overall pursuit of happiness) to address such a minor detail. If you do have the inclination, however, to change and have plastic plates out in the open and feel the same way I do and have the time or energy to even deal with making a switch (pun intended)...there are answers to getting rid of my pet peeve!
Three ways to avoid plastic off-white light switch and outlet plates: 1) Buy wood plates at Home Depot and paint them your desired color, 2) Find metal or porcelain plates at your local hardware store or decor shop and change out the plastic; or, 3) Use these clever clear plastic light switch plates pictured here from London, England based Forbes & Lomax (yes, the switches have been adapted for the U.S.) to make light switches virtually vanish.
These clear light switch plates are the perfect solution to my pet peeve. A little expensive but could work beautifully over wall paper or in a really conspicuous wall area on which you just want the light switch or power outlet to disappear!
Forbes & Lomax - The Invisible Lightswitch - approximately $60 USD (Toggle switch available in the US/Canada. Approximate price for metal toggle switch and clear acrylic light switch plate)(above)
What do you think???? Would love to know.