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Do gold/brass light switches & sockets look cheap??!!

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driedapricots Wed 11-Sep-13 14:04:18

Decor and style wise I think they will match best for the house we are currently doing up prior to moving in - but do they look a bit naff/cheap? Also should they ideally match the carpet trims or is that just being a bit OTT?! Advice pls ;-))

PigletJohn Wed 11-Sep-13 14:29:00

if you have white ones they will be invisible.

If you must have brass. get the plain flat ones, not the sort with fancy edges.

Your carpet trims will be anodised aluminium and will not match the brassware.

spotty26 Wed 11-Sep-13 15:05:53

Why not get antiqued brass or Nickel? Like Forbes and Lomax style dolly switches. I am guessing a period house... Maybe wrong. You can also get invisible switches that are clear...

ixos Wed 11-Sep-13 15:54:54

Yes, sorry, I think they are naff and will look dated. Might just be me.

LunaticFringe Wed 11-Sep-13 15:57:18

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MrsAMerrick Wed 11-Sep-13 16:47:57

Naff and dated, definitely

noddyholder Wed 11-Sep-13 16:49:05

I am an interior designer and brass/gold having a resurgence esp taps!

LunaticFringe Wed 11-Sep-13 17:21:36

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noddyholder Wed 11-Sep-13 17:23:13

Its not that, people are taking out chrome esp matt and putting in brass or shiny chrome. Matt is very low rent or OAP bungalow gone a bit jazzy grin Keep up!

LunaticFringe Wed 11-Sep-13 17:49:56

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FriedSprout Wed 11-Sep-13 18:04:12

How about the transparent ones?


lalalonglegs Wed 11-Sep-13 18:24:41

I think they look ok if they have some sort of patina like these ones but the very shiny ones make me think of 1980s gin-and-Jag chic.

crazyhead Wed 11-Sep-13 18:40:18

My main worry would that they could be hard to match with other things - eg what if your light fitting has a chrome base - and for me I don't know if I'd want them to really have a style, more just be invisible .

But you know what - if you are the one living there, go for what you will enjoy looking at!

driedapricots Fri 13-Sep-13 20:00:39

Thanks all, sorry not been back sooner.. Rather busy confuseddecided on brushed chrome hey ho guess can always change later if hate them!

ouryve Fri 13-Sep-13 20:03:03

I think brass anything looks horrid, but especially light switches.

Sleepwhenidie Fri 13-Sep-13 20:06:32

Depends completely on the decor and house - do you live in a 16th century chateau with lots of expensive silk embossed wallpaper [head tilt].... grin?

CuddyMum Sat 14-Sep-13 10:43:18

lalalonglegs - I actually really like those and I've saved the link. Think they'd look really nice in my Victorian house (particularly the dolly switches) and much better than the plastic white sockets and switches smile. I don't think they're naff if they're in the right house. I wouldn't have considered them in my last house as it was modern and shiny. At the end of the day, if you like them and they match your property, go with it.

wonkylegs Sat 14-Sep-13 11:26:33

Depends on the house and the decor,
I don't think Noddy is entirely correct. I'm still specifying a lot of brushed stainless steel, as it is quite neutral and suits a certain look. However I agree in other situations it looks naff.
I think trying to be on trend with light switches is daft at best. Pick something that you like, goes with your taste and work from there.
I've got brushed stainless steel in a Victorian house, replacing a mishmash of tarnished brass, white & chrome. It suits the light & decor and doesn't mark to badly.

CuddyMum Sat 14-Sep-13 11:38:46

I agree with Wonky - pick something you like, forget what's in fashion and have the same style throughout rather than a mixture. Brushed/matt is a plus as it doesn't show the finger prints. I used to have the really shiny switches and spent forever wiping them.

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