Take a second to look at your switch plate in whatever room you are in. Is it old and yellowed plastic that maybe has chipped paint on the screw and more than a little dinginess from being repeatedly touched? Good news, that’s relatively normal. Bad news, for $7 you can redo all the plates in your house and you haven’t done it yet.
I decided I was tired of staring at the ones in the house, bought a bottle of Rustoleum Ultimates in Antique Nickel, laid them out on a trash bag with the screws in, spent 20 mins painting and touching up, and boom. I even had over half of the bottle left so I get to come up with other ideas.
We are already talking about using the Oil Rubbed Bronze on the two rooms that tend in that direction over silver/nickel/stainless and can use the rest or the can on refinishing the living room furniture next weekend because things turned out so well. As you can see in this pic, they look better than the subpar groutwork the previous owners did, but also that they have a little sparkliness in direct light (seen here from the undermount Ikea Dioder pack) but that they otherwise look just the right amount of shiny and from a distance it is hard to tell that they aren’t metal.
If you’re worried about scratching, you can always hit it with a coat of varnish.