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Never underestimate the decorative impact of electric outlet covers and switchplates. Sure, you could settle for the plain white plastic default, but why not try for something a little more aesthetically-pleasing? Your Baroque-style living room will look all the richer with gold acanthus leaves swirling around your light switches. Or, perhaps your French country look could use a playful boost with white roosters perched atop your plug-ins instead.

Regardless of which style you choose, there's no denying that the electrical components of your home can be a bit of an eyesore. But surround them in tasteful colors and designs, and suddenly they serve a much more attractive purpose!

Consider a dining room all done up in dark woods, burgundy drapes, and flourishes of green. Decorative light switch covers fashioned from brass can heighten a luxurious atmosphere—especially with sculptural grape vines decorating the fronts of your switchplates. Work this warm metallic tone into the hardware of a light fixture hanging over the table. Or, mix metals with a pair of bronze candleholders resting on the dining table itself.

Seeking out a relaxed yet pretty cottage vibe? A bedroom garbed with a white quilt, mint bedside table, and lightweight rug will absolutely glow with the addition of decorative outlet covers. Porcelain faces make soft backdrops for flowers in pink, burgundy, and green. You can also find matching electric cover plates for your switches, whether they're single-, double-, or triple-switch configurations.

Venture away from relaxed beauty into a realm of all-out summery leisure. Electric socket covers with textured palm trees are just the ticket in a tropical living room. Anchor a slim-legged coffee table with a woven seagrass rug, then add in a bit more texture with a chunky jute ottoman. Fill the entire space with fun little secrets, like the parrots peering out from your switchplates or the tiki figurine nestled into the potted dracaena in the corner.

For those seeking out a breezy seaside touch, you might be hesitant to incorporate shells into every inch of your decorating. But when used sparingly (and in unexpected ways), seashells bring dreamy pastels and natural contours to your space. Consider seashell outlet plate covers featuring scallops, conches, nautili, and starfish. Touches of blue, ivory, and tan can then be worked subtly into your surroundings, like an off-white accent chair or an azure vase.

What separates a basic setup from a designer-worthy room is often the little details: how can you decorate so that visitors notice something new each time they enter the room? What are those neglected nooks and crannies you can rework into stylish accents? In just about every room, some of those are bound to be switches and sockets. Get creative with light switch and outlet plates, and you'll start seeing all the unrealized potential of the forgotten spots in your home.