LESLIE: Earl in West Virginia, who finds The Money Pit on WSVA. And you want to match your switch plates to your walls. That’s fantastic. How can we help?
EARL: I am tired of looking at beige and gray plates. (laughing) And outlet switches and everything. And we’ve got some exotic colors and I’ve tried everything; painting them with the paint we use on the walls and that’s too fragile. It scrapes off. And the only thing I can find in hardware stores are ceramics or brass or … you know, and it just stands out. I want them to disappear.
TOM: Well, I have a solution, Earl. Lutron has a series of designer colors and I believe there’s about 40 different colors. And you can get the outlets, the lights, the switches, the ground faults … everything in these wild colors like candy apple red and, you know, seafoam green and everything in between. And they’re basically trying to attract this very market; the people that are tired of the beige and the white choice that you find in most hardware stores and home centers.
LESLIE: Well, there’s also an option where there’s a sort of clear Plexiglas piece – well, switchplate cover – that you can put wallpaper behind or fabric. So if you have any sort of wall covering, you can actually insert the exact wallcovering you’re using and make it disappear that way. Or you can pick something fun that really coordinates and makes it look special.
EARL: Or I could paint the paper with the paints I used on the walls and put it behind them?
EARL: That’s great. Lutron … would I find that in a hardware store?
TOM: Lutron.com. Go to their website – L-u-t-r-o-n.com – and look up the designer series there.
EARL: Fantastic. Thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Earl. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT and happy home improvement.