The use of natural stones on wall surfaces has been in practice for thousands of years. Even in modern times, the demand for natural stones is still high and for good reason. This material exudes elegance and strength at the same time, which is why designers try to incorporate natural stones in their projects whenever they can.
Unlike ancestral homes that don’t have electrical wirings placed along the walls, modern ones do. And the easiest way to ruin the look of a wall designed with natural stones is to use a switch plate made of plastic — or one with a non-matching color and design. Unfortunately, even the best-looking plastic switch plate just won’t be a good match with the natural stone look that you want.
Here is where natural stone switch plates can help you. There are two options available: one that is made from real, natural stones; and one made of plastic that is colored and designed to mimic the look and feel of natural stones.
Stone vs. Plastic
Natural stone is hard to work with. Take granite, for example. Some companies crush granite and then mix resin with it to mold the switch plate. Others take the harder route and carve the switch plate from a solid piece of granite. Only the backside is applied with resin, and the radius edges are polished. For natural stones that are available in different colors or shades, like travertine, some companies will require that you send them the stone to be worked on. This ensures that the shade is the same as the whole area where the switch plate will be installed. Natural stone switch plates are better aesthetically but it will take longer to have them custom-made for you. And because these switch plates require some time and effort, they cost much more than plastic ones.
Plastic switch plates are cheaper naturally because they are easier to make. They, too, can be custom-made according to the color and design of the natural stone where they will need to blend in. Plastic is also less susceptible to breaking and chipping — and you can buy a few extras in case of repairs or replacements. But if you’re looking for that natural feel, it’s better to get the real thing. Nothing beats the beauty of real, natural stone.
The bottom line is to choose which material to use depending on your budget. A switch plate made of natural stone will take you back from $40 to more than $200 depending on the material used, gang (width), and the number of switches. On the other hand, a similar one made of plastic will only cost around $15.
Where to Use Natural Stone Switch Plates
- Kitchen – You’ll be thrilled by the way the design will come about when you use these switch plates on your kitchen wall, be it made of marble, travertine, limestone, or slate. Cream or white-colored plastic plates may take attention away from the kitchen backsplash — or worse, clash with it — but natural stone versions will blend in just right.
- Fireplace – This is another area of the house where you would normally see the use of natural stones in action. It will be quite an eyesore if you break that look by using ordinary plastic switch plates. Natural stones can be found in different shades. Travertine, for example, is available in gold or brown, while marble choices are more varied — warm creamy ivory, walnut almond veined, cool vanilla beige, and other unique and beautiful colors and designs. For sure, there is a switch plate color and design that will match your natural stone wall.
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