How to choose plug socketsSwitches and sockets are an important, though often overlooked aspect of designed living spaces. Deep consideration needs to be given to aspects of both function (accessibility, reliability and use) and form (finish style and feel) in order to optimise your investment.  

Which Switch & Socket Finishes to Match Your Décor and Style?

Matching to other Finishes

A key consideration for the selection of an appropriate finish for your switches and sockets, is to think about other finishes they may compliment. If your bathroom has polished chrome taps and towels rails, then polished chrome electrical fittings, such as shaver sockets would be an ideal choice. Black Nickel sockets would compliment modern kitchens with black appliances, the same applies for Brushed or Polished Chrome.

Matching to Design Styles

Brass finishes are most often used to compliment period, classical or rustic country styled interiors and these are available in polished, bushed (slight satin effect) or antiqued (darkened to create sense of ageing). Polished finishes should be selected with care as the mirror like finish will show up finger marks and subsequently require regular polishing.

Brushed Chrome is a common choice for modern and contemporary styles and also works well in vintage and industrial themed settings. Polished Chrome is adaptable across many different design themes, including modern and contemporary as well as period styles such as arts and crafts and art deco.

Black Nickel is an increasingly popular choice for contemporary styled spaces, providing a striking contrast to bright/white settings and complimenting black entertainment systems or appliances.