One day, a while ago, I was with the GF at a lighting showroom. It wasn’t even for me, because I wasn’t at the remodeling point yet. My house hadn’t been cleared out yet at that time. But anyway, this was a showroom where everything was “expensive”, like my previous design post defines. It’s not really “expensive”, it’s just the way it is. It more that the lights you consider normal-priced are “cheap”. It’s a harsh reality to accept, that quality costs money and the acceptance of cheapness is the current norm.
So while we’re browsing these outrageously priced fixtures, there’s a small display of switches and outlets with the name “Adorne” by Legrand. Legrand is a name I would revisit while I was browsing new home models. They are pretty well known in the industry. But anyway, the Adorne collection is a fancy set of light switches and outlets. They have a different form factor: square instead of rectangular. The wall plates have no visible screws. The switches themselves come in white or graphite. At the time, I thought, “that’s neat” and didn’t think much of it again.
One night, I was giving consideration to my future plans and that the color palate of the house would be grey and blue. I went through the house and took inventory of all the switch plates I would need to swap out to make them fresh and new. But then I thought how the stark white plates would look against the blue and grey. What if I could get colored switches and plates? Some internet research brought up the Adorne collection again and I was sold.
It’s a rather expensive commitment. I have 37 switches to replace, plus 2 dimmer switches and I want to install timer switches for the bathroom fans. At retail prices for these switches, that’s almost $450. Did you hear that? You can get a light switch for $1, you know? So how much is style worth? And that’s just the switches. The wall plates are another $250. Ok, so $700 to completely revamp the look of the switches. The outlets are going to have to wait. They have to.
But, all the switches will be graphite, which is like a dark grey. They are going to look stunning and there’s not going to be anything else like it around. I don’t even see these switches in the high-end model homes I’ve been checking out.
Because I have time and because I’m going to be doing this as I go room-to-room, I need to keep an eye open and an ear to the ground for any surplus or auctions that are selling these switches. They’re uncommon, so that might mean I can find some where no one else would know what to do with them.