We are in the process of updating and renovating portions of our home, and I wanted a change from the old wall plates that had been in our downstairs bathroom for the last twenty years. Several years ago we remodeled that bathroom, but I didn’t remove the wallpaper, and my outlet covers (or wall plates) were covered with matching wallpaper.
Looking at the condition the outlet covers were in, I decided they needed to be replaced, and when my husband and I were buying outlet switches at Walmart, he recommended the brushed nickel wall plates that were available by GE (General Electric). I picked up two wall plates, in two different configurations, for our bathroom. I bought the GE Single Rocker Wall plate, and the GE Double Switch Wall plate in the brushed nickel.
The design on these covers is quite plain and generic, but it is definitely an upgrade from the white plastic covers that are seen everywhere. It looks like a silver frame, with a raised edge, and it comes with matching screws, which you align then tighten. The package says not to over tighten, and I think doing so might actually put a dent in the plated steel material.
The brushed design is perfect for matching my brushed nickel faucet, towel bars, toilet paper holder, and my over head vanity lights. It looks very polished, and it doesn’t show fingerprints. This is easy to clean, simply wipe it with a damp cloth, and if you do need to use a cleaner on it, be sure to use one that is not abrasive.
With so many fixtures being sold in the brushed nickel finish, these wall plates help coordinate with both kitchen and bathroom fixtures and appliances. The price of the items were $5.57 for the large double switch, and $3.66 for the smaller rocker plate. A bit expensive in my opinion, and when I saw nicer wall plates at my local Home Depot store for just a dollar more, I decided to replace these GE covers with those from Home Depot, which were made by Amerelle. I am so glad I did, they are more decorative and are more attractive.
If you want a brushed nickel wall plate that will coordinate with stainless steel appliances, or go with your brushed nickel fixtures, the GE brand might work for you, but in the end I found them a bit too generic looking.