Stylish Switches That Light Up a Room
From burnished bronze to rich timber, light switches come in a host of styles, finishes and materials ready to boost your décor
Unsure how to choose your bedside light switches? One option is simply to pick switches in the same material or colour as the lights. Here, black wall lights by Serge Mouille are teamed with black dimmers, and they look crisp and graphic against the plain white walls.
The natural grain in wood adds texture and detail, even on a small light switch. In addition, as we touch switches every day, a surround made from a softly tactile material is a welcome feature. Neat little rocker switches in brass are mounted into this wooden plate for an extra splash of warm detail.
Contemporary slide switches look beautifully futuristic and sleek. This one combines smoky metal with smart black and holds its own against this striking graphic wallpaper from Osborne & Little.
For a shiny, glossy look, choose a switch in chrome. It will need a wipe with a soft cloth from time to time to remove finger smudges, but brings a lovely splash of shine to your wall. If you want a material that’s more shiny than stainless steel but not as reflective as mirror, chrome is a good choice.
Take a simple white switch and transform it into something far more eye-catching. Use acrylic paint, washi tape or Sharpie marker pens to design a decoration for the switch plate. Or try sticking on tissue paper, wallpaper or old maps. If you’re not confident your artistic skills are up to the job, source a colourful cover online.
If you live in a period property, choose your switches sensitively. A bright and shiny chrome switch will stand out like a sore thumb against gnarly wood timbers or an exposed stone wall. Instead, source something in a muted material, such as this switch in antique bronze. It has a rather grand home, fitted into the panelling in the Queen’s State Apartments at Hampton Court Palace.
Bring a little reflective bling to your walls with switches set into mirrored wall plates. They are a witty and unexpected addition, transforming the highly functional switch into something more playful.
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Encourage your switches to melt into their background by choosing a material in a similar tone as its surroundings. For an even more streamlined look, these light switches are built into the wooden bed surround and are completely flush.
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