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Tips for placing your light switches at the perfect level

Knowing not only what kind of switch plate to get but exactly where it should go can be tricky. Luckily, we're here to help. Knowing where you should put your light switch in a room you're remodeling or just tweaking can make your entire space feel much more comfortable for you and your guests.

Hang it like a piece of art
Your switch plates have been made with the same craftsmanship and attention as a piece of art, so it's best to treat your light switches like functional artworks. To find the right balance between visual and physical perfection, first think about where you would like to see a typical light switch. Normally, you'd want to have it within easy reach as you walk by, so hanging it around shoulder level is usually fine. Of course, if you have kids or are in a home full of shorter or taller people than average, feel free to arrange things just how you like them. 

When it comes to matching your switch plates with the rest of the art in your home, you shouldn't worry too much about lining up the tops and bottoms of your pieces. Better Homes and Gardens magazine noted that you'll likely have better luck going by the center of your pieces than the edges. This will make sure that everything feels like it's hanging just right and bring balance to your walls. 

For hanging art, you generally want the middle of the piece to be at eye level for easy viewing. When you combine art and functionality similar to a hand-crafted ceramic switch plate, you might find it best to meet in the middle and place your light switch right between eye and shoulder level. This will make sure that you and your guests can appreciate the pieces you choose while still being able to easily flick the switch. 

Note the differences between a light switch and an art piece
One thing you may notice about a light switch is that you can't easily move it like you could a painting. To make sure you get the placement right, Stellers Gallery noted that it may be a good idea to make a template of the room you're redoing and work from there. This will give you a preview of what your finished work will look like without any of the hassle. 

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