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Most homeowners choose to decorate their own homes rather than hire an interior decorator. It’s understandable since hiring a professional decorator can be quite an expense. Here are some common interior decorating mistakes that professional decorators sometimes encounter when they’re called in to fix them.
Not enough color
Many mistakenly assume that a masculine space can’t have any color but that isn’t necessarily true. Black and white color schemes for masculine spaces are a cliché that more decorators would like to see stamped out.
Not enough contrast
Contrast is an essential element of design but too many homeowners think that good design is about having everything match. A better approach is to choose elements that go well together but not match. A great way to include contrast is to combine different textures, colors, and styles into a single space. Have an older home with a lot of antique charm? Try covering them with some modern-looking baseboard heater covers.
Showroom instead of living room
Many people get too caught up in appearance that they forget about comfort. It’s a huge mistake if your living room looks like something you’d see on the cover of a home décor magazine but it’s a room no one wants to be in because the furniture is impractical and uncomfortable. Homeowners should first and foremost think about functionality and comfort and then aesthetics.
Not floating the furniture
In order to maximize space, most people set out decorating a room by placing the major furnishings up against the walls. What you actually want to do is move everything 2 or 3 feet in from the walls. It’s not the most efficient use of the space but it actually make’s the room look better. This technique is called floating the furniture.
Buying too big
Bigger isn’t necessarily better and people who go out and buy the biggest sofa they can fit in the space they intend it for leads to problems with scale. A too-big sofa dwarfs everything else in the space. It’s better to think about scale and pick furniture appropriately sized for the space it will go.
Buying too small
Some amateur decorators think they can trick the eye into thinking a small room is bigger by filling it with small furniture. The problem is that while the furniture may be appropriately scaled to the room, it won’t be appropriately scaled to the people sitting in it. Better to have fewer bigger pieces that are comfortable than more smaller ones.
Returning to the showroom example, many get too caught up in making a space look like something in a showroom or magazine but it doesn’t really reflect the personality and tastes of the decorator. Even non-professionals should trust their instincts and go with what they like. There will always be those who dislike the design but what matters most is that the person whose space it is likes it.
Buying things you’re not crazy about
Don’t be in such a hurry to decorate a space that you find yourself buying things you can tolerate but don’t truly love. You’ll spend a lot more money in the long run if you constantly settle for pieces that are just so-so. Make sure you love it before you buy it.
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.