Used ev­ery day yet of­ten over­looked, the hum­ble switch has had a makeover. Here we share the tricks and brands to know…

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From in­dus­trial-style tog­gles to cus­tom colours, there are now a host of al­ter­na­tives to the stan­dard white box switch. ‘As an ar­chi­tect, de­tails like th­ese are su­per-im­por­tant, which is why we de­signed our own,’ says Mas­simo Mi­nale, an ar­chi­tect who founded Buster and Punch, which makes chunky metal light switches that take their cue from am­pli­fier knobs (se­lec­tion pic­tured above).

‘If you want to make a state­ment there are plenty of de­signs that will do just that,’ adds Mark Hol­loway, owner of Hol­loways of Lud­low. ‘In­dus­trial styles and bronze are pop­u­lar right now, but if you’d rather ren­der the switches vir­tu­ally in­vis­i­ble, match them to your wall colour or look for trans­par­ent plates.’

There may be lots of new de­sign op­tions, but the best way to po­si­tion switches and sock­ets in a room re­mains the same. ‘Think about how you use the space, and map out where the fur­ni­ture will be,’ says Hol­loway. ‘Plan socket place­ment to min­imise trail­ing ca­bles. Lights may need a two-way switch, so you can con­trol them from dif­fer­ent door­ways, or the top and bot­tom of stairs.’ Mi­nale ad­vises dim­mer switches in­side the room, rather than at the door. ‘A tog­gle or rocker switch by the door gives in­stant il­lu­mi­na­tion, but con­sider a dim­mer by the bed, sofa or din­ing ta­ble so that you can con­trol light­ing lev­els from where you are sit­ting.’ ( busterand­; hol­lowaysoflud­

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