STYLING WITH SOCKETS AND SWITCHES
When you say the words ‘interior design,’ most people instantly think about hard and soft furnishings such as tables, lamps, rugs or wall colour palettes. They spend an inordinate amount of time (and money), designing their space and incorporating all the elements. But many fail to consider how their wiring devices can add to their overall aesthetic, and even complete the look.
If you’re interested in learning how to stamp your style on your new or renovated home, look no further than your power and light switches. If you’re not sure they can make an impact – here’s the lowdown on exactly how they can.
Light switches, electrical sockets and data outlets are some of the most-used items in your home – especially given how much tech-focused we are. In the past, there was basically only one choice when it came to style, texture and colour (bog standard white), but those days are over.
Nowadays, the options are almost limitless, from retro rock switches to reflective metallic finishes, and everything in between. Let’s take a further look at some of the interesting styles on offer. Plus, we’ve got some tips on how you can get creative with your switches and sockets to achieve just the right look for your home.
Classic yet customised
The Excel Life collection was born in a time of great classics – the ‘80’s. But while leg warmers and cassette tapes are now a part of a bygone era, Excel has endured. This is thanks to its classic lines and versatility (it was the first range to offer snap on and off cover plates to make painting a breeze).
With the ability to mix and match base and cover plates, Excel allows you to opt for a traditional rocker switch, or a more techy-approach with electronic push-buttons and illuminated switch rings (or appease your inner-Libran, and choose both!).
Rockin’ the colour
Excel VIVO give you the option to add a pop of colour to a room, without going over the top. Sticking close to contemporary lines, you can switch out your cover plates to a variety of colours, from metallics and neutrals to shiny reflections (think rose gold and chrome). But if you want to take the colour up a notch, then the Linea range is for you. Featuring a slimmer profile than most switchplates, Linea lets you bust out with bold and bright hues.
A touch of luxe
Arteor was made specifically with technology enthusiasts in mind. Modelled on high-tech products such as LCD TVs and computer screens, this range encompasses an array of premium textures and finishes such as gold brass, light oak and woven metal. If you’d like to incorporate a little luxury into your home yet while maintaining a slick, designer edge – Arteor is a great choice.
For the kids
If you have young ones around, it’s important that their protection is at the forefront when it comes to powerpoints and switches. But you don’t have to sacrifice looks for safety.
The Linea range features unique spring-loaded covers, preventing little fingers from poking around the switches when they’re not in use. They come in a number of vibrant colours, so you can easily find something to brighten up your young one’s room.
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to the look and feel of your wiring devices. There’s a variety of interesting ways you can change up these oft-forgotten items to create your signature style with HPM products. As a leader in this field, we continue to strive to advance with innovation.