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Mirrors are an often under-appreciated design element in interior decorating. But a carefully selected mirror can act like a piece of artwork itself and strategically placed mirrors can really add a lot to your home. If your home needs some more bling, here are some tips you can try using mirrors.
Double the room
A nice, large mirror can essentially double the size of a room, at least it creates the illusion of more space. If you have a smaller space that feels very constraining, then a mirror can make that space seem larger. This effect is especially noticeable when the mirror is reflecting natural light so place it across from a window with the curtains thrown back and your home will look bigger than ever.
Cook with sparkle
Many homeowners avoid placing any mirrors in the kitchen because they attract grease and grime over time. But mirrors backsplashes are making a comeback and they can really add some shine and make the kitchen look very modern and sleek. A smoky, antique mirror in the kitchen is also a good choice since smudges don’t show up as easily.
Curate a collection
Think of mirrors as artwork. Just as you’d curate an art collection over time, you can do the same with mirrors. Collect mirrors that have frames of different styles, shapes, and sizes. Small mirrors, over-sized mirrors, modern mirrors, and antique mirrors, each makes a statement in its own way. Some homeowners will even display a collection of mirrors on a single wall like a kind of gallery wall but with mirrors instead of artwork or photographs. When hanging mirrors, follow the same rules as you would with art or photos. They should be hung at least 60 inches from the floor.
Mirrors don’t just have to be limited to the indoors. You can hang mirrors on your deck or patio in the backyard as well. A mirror on your fence or wall can make your yard seem larger than it is. Mirrors in the backyard are fun for entertaining guests.
Be careful with the bedroom and bathroom
Everyone likes to have a mirror in the bedroom to look into when getting ready for the day. But limit the size of the mirror in the bedroom and bathroom. You want to be especially careful about what they’re reflecting. For instance, a mirror across from the toilet in your bathroom will make it seem like there are two toilets and that’s not what you want to emphasize about the bathroom. In the bedroom, you don’t want a mirror reflecting your dirty laundry basket.
Lighten your look
Dark walls, such as those in deep navy blue or charcoal are really popular right now in interior design but the dark, dense feel of such colors needs to be broken up. A mirror hung on a dark colored wall is a great pairing that creates a lot of visual interest and contrast.
Make it metal
If bling is what you’re after, then ditch the wood frames and go with mirrors trimmed in silver or gold. These are sure to add drama to any space in your home. Best of all, these mirrors will work with any color scheme and with any decorative theme unlike art which has to be very carefully selected.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.