Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)

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Michael Jacobs
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This rather personal or taste specific.  Details do matter but this is not an issue have yet addressed with clients.  Stager or designer alert, maybe. 

Sep 19, 2018 12:47 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
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To match the trim - in my experience that means white.  

Painted - no way.  Not for me.  It just looks tacky. 

 

Sep 19, 2018 11:40 AM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I have seen the switch plates painted to match the wall, and I think it's not great - especially when you change a wall color, because then you have to continue to re-paint them.  White/cream is the safest and easy to wipe clean as you said Chris Ann Cleland.   

Sep 19, 2018 12:05 PM
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Nina Hollander
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I've done both, depending on the situation. 

Sep 19, 2018 01:39 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Match the trim (white) and NOT painted. And do NOT wallpaper them, ever!

Sep 19, 2018 12:35 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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I'd advise new if the old look soiled in any way Chris Ann Cleland .

Sep 19, 2018 02:42 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
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I prefer custom in my OWN house.  I have wooden that match the cabinet in the kitchen.  I have fish ones in my master bath that go with the decor,  But never painted to match the wall.

Sep 19, 2018 01:50 PM
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Lyn Sims
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To match the trim. Do you know they have oversized ones now? Learned that on Pinterest. Just in case that hole is not quite perfect.

Honestly now when I see almond, like in the kitchen, it seems dirty to me or old & yellowed. 

How about scratched brass? That's another great look NOT.

Sep 19, 2018 01:50 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Match the trim and what Jeff Dowler, CRS said.  A

Sep 19, 2018 01:06 PM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
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Generally white is the current choice, especially if the trim is also white.  We are starting to see a little revival in beige, but it is a matter of choice. The only place I see painted is in flip homes where the flipper was too lazy or cheap to replace the plates.

Sep 19, 2018 12:54 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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I like them to match the trim. I tell sellers to NOT paint them as some seem to do. 

Sep 19, 2018 12:14 PM
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Valeria Mola
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No painting. White. 

With new switches walls look much better. Small stuff make a HUGE difference.

Sep 19, 2018 06:30 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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I agree that the painted/wall-papered ones are seriously outdated. Buy them to match the trim.

Sep 19, 2018 04:26 PM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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We come across this often...with our painting estimates.

 

Trim should be white and plate covers should be white to match trim.

 

And, painting it is a TERRIBLE idea (and not terribly safe either...and then needs to be repainted next time and definitely not safe.  And, totally tacky.

Sep 19, 2018 03:55 PM
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Agreed Chris Ann - white to match trim.

Sep 19, 2018 03:53 PM
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Roy Kelley
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Never paint them.

Sep 19, 2018 02:56 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
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I prefer the white - however, my house has nothing but the Ivory which I really hate LOL

Sep 19, 2018 02:37 PM
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Will Hamm
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I agree, match the trim.

 

Sep 19, 2018 02:14 PM
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 White / ivory / cream.  Maybe dark brown in a paneled room.

 No paint!

Sep 19, 2018 01:16 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
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Unpainted easy to clean white to match the trim.

Sep 19, 2018 01:10 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
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I am not a fan of painted. White is my personal preference and what is common. -Kasey

Sep 20, 2018 11:16 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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White from the store.  Stay away from the "personal" ones or the humorous ones like...

Sep 20, 2018 10:13 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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I, also prefer either white or a light beige.

Sep 20, 2018 06:32 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
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I like wooden switch covers.

Sep 19, 2018 10:58 PM
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Match the trim.

Sep 19, 2018 09:57 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
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I like the white ones. The off white look dingy dirty to me.

Sep 19, 2018 08:40 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
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Agree with everybody. 

White and new. 

Sep 19, 2018 07:08 PM
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Bob Crane
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We routinely go out and buy new clean white covers after we finish painting.

Sep 19, 2018 06:48 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
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I'm with Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Sep 19, 2018 06:10 PM
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William Feela
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No paint or wall paper

Sep 19, 2018 05:51 PM
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Joe Pryor
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I'm OK with that.

Sep 19, 2018 03:34 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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In most cases a brand new super bright white looks good

Sep 19, 2018 03:15 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
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White/tan are the cheapest, fastest, and easiest. 

Sep 19, 2018 02:23 PM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I would go with white if paint and trim are that color. 

Sep 22, 2018 08:27 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
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Sellers often need to update these !

Sep 20, 2018 12:23 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Everyone does what they prefer. Most of the time I prefer white!

Sep 20, 2018 06:01 AM
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Who needs switches?

Alexa turn on the porch light.

Or, "I have an app for that!"

Sep 20, 2018 05:51 AM
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Gita Bantwal
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Match the trim.

Sep 20, 2018 04:26 AM
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Susan Haughton
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I advise sellers to replace painted switchplate covers with white (assuming trim is white, which is typically is).  Cheap and easy.

Sep 23, 2018 05:10 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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The painted ones are tough to maintain, match the trim is my advice also.

Sep 23, 2018 09:42 AM