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Kitchens & Bathrooms


Cook up a storm with stylish wiring accessories


Gavin Williams, Hamilton Litestat’sMarketing Manager, discusses the important design implications of choosing the right wiring accessories throughout the home and their particular impact in the kitchen and bathroom.


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iring accessories are oſten an aſter-thought when choosing the décor in a home. But selecting the


right wiring accessories can have a significant effect on the overall look of a design scheme. Today’s homeowners are looking for hotel-style luxury and electrical solutions can help achieve this, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom.


Plug in, switch on From the get-go, a homeowner is interacting with the wiring accessories and most kitchen tasks require power. With wiring accessories always on show for easy access, it’s important to choose/offer a style and finish that complements the overall décor. Most wiring accessory manufacturers offer a wide range of design styles and finishes, from contemporary stainless steel to antique-looking bronze and even coloured plastic or wood plates. The majority provide detailed brochures illustrating the vast options that can be shown to customers to help with decision-making early in the process while the overall interior design is being developed. At Hamilton, our Hartland and Sheer plate


designs are firm favourites, with the Hartland CFX and Sheer CFX versions that have concealed fixings proving to be particularly popular. In the bathroom, we often see these styles chosen in chrome and stainless steel finishes for a clean, sleek and sophisticated look that’s reminiscent of a high-end hotel en suite. Shaver sockets can be supplied in a matching finish to complete the coordinated look.


Blend in or stand out Some design schemes, however, may require wiring accessories to blend in and avoid detracting from the overall interior look and feel. Transparent plastic solutions, such as the Perception CFX, allow a wallpaper design to show through the main area of the plate. Meanwhile, the latest switch plate and socket solution in the Hamilton range is the Paintables collection. These set-to-trend accessories can be supplied pre-sprayed to exactly match – or contrast – any


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wall colour or design scheme, so they can either blend in or stand out. The Paintables range is available in Hartland CFX and Sheer CFX designs, while this latest finish is also offered as an option for bespoke plates and sockets that can be developed with the Hamilton design team for a completely unique solution. Despite the wide range of finishes on the


market, white switches and sockets may be preferred or better aligned with the available budget. But even these can be stylish. Gone are the days when affordable wiring


accessories were cheap-looking and ugly: Hamilton’s Vogue range is an example of a neatly styled solution with moulded bevelled edges in cool-white plastic.


Staying connected A coordinated look can be achieved across all wiring accessories, whether that’s a plate with rocker switches, switched sockets or shaving sockets. However, for today’s always-connected lifestyle, socket plates with USB ports are increasingly useful for charging smart devices.


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Control day-to-day lighting scenarios, from simple dimming to scene-setting programmes which can be set, stored and recalled with ease.


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