One Kitchen Detail You Are Overlooking

I see a lot of images of kitchens. Modern kitchens, cozy kitchens, traditional kitchens and colorful kitchens. All sizes, styles and layouts. I seek out kitchens online, in magazines and in my clients’ homes. I’m often inspired, awed and left smiling after seeing these great spaces. A lot of details go into a kitchen design. A LOT.

It’s understandable that with all of the big decisions you need to make in a kitchen (appliances, counter tops, cabinets, flooring, tiles and lighting) that you’d overlook this one small thing that makes a big impact if done incorrectly! What is this one important thing? Outlet and switch covers along the backsplash tiles.

Yes, an outlet cover is throwing off your kitchen!

You have a beautiful tile, installed by a professional and then you place basic white covers on your switches and outlets and the covers, not the tile, now grab your attention first. Yes! White rectangles against your blue glass tile are stealing the show. Don’t let them!

 {If the white outlet covers blended in with the hexagon tiles they would not stand out as much and break the flow of the gorgeous backsplash. A decorative artist could make these covers disappear! From:  Domino .}

{If the white outlet covers blended in with the hexagon tiles they would not stand out as much and break the flow of the gorgeous backsplash. A decorative artist could make these covers disappear! From: Domino.}

Luckily there are several easy ways to fix this eyesore.

First, if you are beginning a kitchen renovation and are can move your outlets up and into a horizontal position, close to your cabinets (or move them lower, close the countertop), they will be out of sight. You can then purchase covers that match or blend in with your backsplash tile so the covers disappear. We don’t want to see them! 

If you have a detailed backsplash tile that is hard to match with a store-bought cover, hire an artist to faux paint basic covers to blend in with your tile. It will be a detail well worth spending money on. Trust me.

 {Faux stone outlet covers match the color of this penny round tile. Design by  April Force Pardoe Interiors .}

{Faux stone outlet covers match the color of this penny round tile. Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

If  you aren’t in a position to move your outlets up and into a horizontal position, simply look for outlet covers to match or blend in with your backsplash tile. For example, if you have a grey backsplash look for brushed metal covers.

The same goes for outlets that are on the sides of islands. Make sure your covers match the wood of the island. If your cabinets are dark brown you can even purchase dark brown outlets (versus white) and a dark brown cover (both are available at local hardware stores) and then your outlet will disappear and the cabinet will shine!

 { Lutron  offers their covers in a variety of colors and finishes.}

{Lutron offers their covers in a variety of colors and finishes.}

If you happen to have Lutron switches or outlets they make covers in various colors. You can even order samples of the colors before you buy. You could also consider swapping your current outlets and switches out and installing Lutron switches if you like their colors. (I have no connection to Lutron, I just think they have a great product).

 {We moved the outlets up and under the cabinets in this kitchen. White glass subway tile allowed for easy cover coordination. Design by  April Force Pardoe Interiors . Photo by  Heather Owens .}

{We moved the outlets up and under the cabinets in this kitchen. White glass subway tile allowed for easy cover coordination. Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors. Photo by Heather Owens.}

Do you have outlets and switches that need hiding? I hope these tips will help you with this important detail. Have you successfully hidden your covers? Leave a comment below and let me know how you did it. Send me pictures of your hidden covers (april@afpinteriors.com) — I’d love to try to find them!

Happy decorating!

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