Most of the electrical switchplates and outlet covers we have at home are made of a cheap plastic. My hubby has already replaced the ones in the living room with nice oak wood switch plates to match the baseboards and door trim in the rest of the room. I like the idea of replacing the switch plates in the other rooms to match the decor there because it is a quick and easy way to improve the look and feel of the whole house. The gold switch plate covers match the door handles of most of our rooms and I find them very attractive. We will be changing them all eventually as we continue to remodel our house.