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We get it: Light switches aren’t the first thing most people dream about when they imagine the dramatic design changes they want to make to their living spaces. That glory usually goes to paint colors, funky chandeliers, or unique tilework. And you know what? We completely understand.

That said, the generic switch plates that come with most apartments are one of those tiny roadblocks that can keep you from fully feeling at home in a temporary space. The good news is that swapping in a stylish light switch is a minutes-long project that’s swift and fairly easy—and, most important, it makes a surprisingly major difference in your everyday quality of life. The even better news is that with so many elevated pieces on the market right now, you’ll surely find something to suit your style—and light up your life—in no time. 

For a Modern Pop

LS 990 Dimmer Wall Switch, The Conran Shop ($54)

A sleek silhouette meets on-trend terracotta in this plate—which, by the way, was our one of our editor in chief’s favorite pieces from London Design Week. Snap one up now before they sell out. 


For an Antique Touch

Verdigris Light Switches, Dering Hall ($115)

Not all of us are blessed with crown molding and French doors in our rentals, but you can definitely fake charm via your light switches. We love the way the patina on these dimmers delivers a hint of old-school luxury. 

For Full Transparency

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Invisible Switch, Forbes and Lomax (Price upon request)

If you prefer a bright and breezy look (or just want to show off a vibrant wallpaper), this acrylic option won’t weigh you down. 

For a Hint of Opulence

Essex Switch Plate, Anthropologie ($20)

Marbled brass instantly make this plate look expensive. Place it in a room full of rich jewel tones to really bring the drama. 

For a Slice of the Rainbow

Porcelain Wall Switch, Dyke & Dean ($100)

Dyke & Dean’s collection of Technicolor light switches is a color-blocking fan’s dream. They come in almost every hue imaginable, though we’re especially taken with this Kelly green one for a slightly retro feel. 


For a Classic Accent

Hexagon Switch Plate, Matureware ($120)

The hexagonal shape of this brass plate jazzes up a room without going overboard, which makes it ideal for a space that toes the line between traditional and contemporary. 

For a Cool Finish

Hex Matte Black Plate, CB2 ($10)

White rental walls and a matte black light switch—it’s a classic pairing that adds a major dose of cool contrast.

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