Creating balance in a room is one of the hardest things about interior decorating. By "balance" we mean finding the happy medium between creativity and cohesion in a space. Even professionals who’ve been in the industry for years can sometimes struggle with creating balance when decorating a room. Here are five tips that can help you to create balance in a room when you decorate it.
Color is always a great place to start when decorating. When something about a room just looks bland, the problem is often color. If the color scheme in a room is neutral, there needs to be some color to bring out different elements in the space. In the kitchen, the answer might be a bright colored KitchenAid mixer or some new towels. In a living room or entertainment roof, some bright throw pillows may give you the look you’re going for. Experiment with layering different colors to get the perfect look.
A mistake many homeowners make when decorating a space is to follow too closely a single design theme or principle. While there’s something to be said for uniformity, it’s contrast that makes a space look visually interesting. If a room is bland, it may be because it’s lacking some kind of contrast. There are all sorts of ways to create contrast in a room. Color, texture, shape, and patterns are just a few of them. You can experiment with black against white or white against black or geometric patterns against solid patterns, or rough textures against smooth. Play around with contrast and you’ll be surprised at the results you can achieve.
Accessories go a long way in breaking up wide-open surfaces. The accessories are the finishing touches that complete the look of a room. Accessories are often the tools you need in the previous steps to create color and contrast in a space. Try to create variety by choosing accessories in metal, ceramic, wood, and other materials. Try to choose accessories that will make the space look interesting. You can visit local thrift stores to make some amazing finds at very little cost.
Create negative space
Another common interior decorating mistake is thinking that every space needs to be filled with something. In reality, empty space is yet another principle of contrast and it will make the things that you do have in a space stand out. If a room is too cluttered, nothing can stand out. So make sure your furniture has room to breathe and resist the urge to put something in every open space.
Edit your ideas
Finally, remember that it’s okay to go back and make changes. Editing is a part of interior decorating. If you try one look and you’re just not able to pull it off, you can go back to the drawing board. Maybe a piece of furniture that’s always been in one room needs to be moved somewhere else. Occasionally switch things up and never feel constrained that once you’ve decorated a room you can’t change anything.
Source: Architectural Digest
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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 less than 3 1/8" (76mm) inches from the wall will fit our standard cover.
Any measurement less than 3 1/8" (76mm) 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.
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.
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.
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.