Replacing Outlet Cover Plates is the Easy Trick That Instantly Elevates a Home — Especially With These 12 Finds

I didn’t realize how hideous my outlet cover plates were... until now. Discover the easiest, chicest, and potentially least expensive home update you never knew you needed

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One morning, I woke up with a sudden, burning hatred for my outlet cover plates. For years, I’d lived in my apartment without a second thought about them, until one day, it hit me: they were hideous. They weren’t unusually offensive either, just the same slightly grimy off-white plates you probably have. But once you see them for the uninspired pieces of plastic they are, there’s no going back.

The thing is, you don’t have just one outlet cover plate; you have many — one for each electrical socket. What’s the point of having a super chic table lamp plugged into an ugly outlet plate? Like putting a bumper sticker on a Bentley. But rather than despair, I saw this as a glass-half-full situation: rather than trying to strategically hide electrical sockets, it meant more canvases to decorate, more opportunities to customize and elevate!

Thankfully, the solution to this common predicament is inexpensive and so easy that even I, a tool-challenged individual, can execute it. ‘As a professional interior designer, I often recommend replacing outlet covers as a simple yet impactful way to refresh a space,’ says Jodi Peterman of Elizabeth Erin Designs. ‘Over time, outlet covers can become discolored, cracked, or outdated, accumulating dirt and grime,’ which is not just unsightly but also a safety hazard. By swapping your cover plates for ones that are more stylish, ‘you can instantly enhance the overall appearance of a room, making it look more modern and well-maintained.’

Jodi likens choosing an outlet cover plate to accessorizing an outfit. ‘It's like adding the right jewelry, shoes, and handbag to a simple dress — the details can make all the difference. This subtle elegance demonstrates a commitment to caring for the space.’

And committed to the space (both mine and yours) I am. I searched high and low, flipping through hundreds of results from to find outlet cover plates you can actually be proud of. This might just be my new favorite hobby because I found so many gems! Presenting you now with a bit of instant gratification: the easiest, chicest upgrade you never knew you needed.

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What should I consider when shopping for outlet cover plates?

When deciding which outlet cover to buy, ‘choose a design that complements the overall aesthetic of your space,’ says interior designer Jodi Peterman. ‘Outlet covers come in various styles, from sleek and modern to ornate and traditional,’ so doing so helps narrow your choices down to a more manageable pool of options.

Next, consider materials and finishes. Are you looking for something sleek, shiny, and modern? Rustic? What are the finishes of the other fixtures and hardware in the room? Taking cues from the details already present in your space will guide you to the perfect match.

And finally, the boring but necessary part: ‘Make sure the outlet cover is compatible with your existing outlets,’ explains Jodi. ‘Some covers are designed for specific outlets, such as standard, GFCI, or decorator,’ so read each product description carefully to spare you the hassle of returning your cover later. The last thing you want is the “perfect” cover that doesn’t fit!

Style Editor

Formerly covering fashion at L’Officiel USA, style maven Julia Demer brings her love of design to Livingetc’s world of interiors. As the title’s Style Editor, Julia's work reflects a sharp eye for detail and an innate passion for aesthetics. Her journey began with a strong foundation in design, honing her craft at renowned establishments like The Row and even establishing her own eponymous fashion brand. Julia’s design background is evident in the way she thoughtfully curates shopping edits, always maintaining a focus on emerging trends while preserving timeless sensibilities. For Julia, fashion and interiors go hand in hand, reflecting her lifelong commitment to perfecting the art of style.