Interior design often seems so abstract to homeowners. When people want to decorate a space, they’ll often hire an interior decorator because the principles of interior design seem so foreign to them. There’s a lot of jargon used in the industry that just doesn’t make sense so here we’ll tackle some of the most confusing aspects of interior design to make them seem a little more familiar.
Design as psychology
The key to any good interior design is that it complements the homeowner’s personality. The person decorating really needs to understand what it is they want out of their living space before they can set about decorating it. It’s a good idea to think about how you want to live without thinking about the constraints of the space and it may lead to some ideas that you would have ruled out. Also think about why you’re drawn to a certain thing. Is it because it’s trendy and you’ve been seeing it done a lot lately in other homes or do you genuinely like it because it evokes a certain feeling.
Create a visual language
A person can say they dislike the "modern look" or that they love the "country style décor" but these are just terms that will conjure up different mental pictures for different people. Homeowners need to look at plenty of images to get a feel for what they like and don’t like. This visual process is better that trying to come up with a list of likes and dislikes just using terminology.
Curiosity is key
Homeowners need to approach interior decorating with some curiosity. Everyone has things that they like and don’t like but there are plenty of things out there that a homeowner has never seen and doesn’t know if he/she likes. It’s a good idea to be willing to experiment with new things and be willing to discover new things about themselves.
Materials as mood-setters
The "mood" of a room is something that’s hard to explain to people but different materials, textures, colors, and layouts do come together to create a certain mood in each room. Materials are the tactile and concrete aspects of interior design that can really help to set that mood so homeowners need to think carefully about what materials to use in a space.
Lighting sets the tone
Tone works hand in hand with the mood of a room and great lighting can be used to underscore the mood that’s being set in a room. Some spaces require hidden, linear light sources to really reinforce the architecture in a space. This is called accent lighting. Other times a room will need lamps and decorative light fixtures to fill the room with a warm glow. This is called ambient lighting. The right lighting always depends on the mood you’re trying to set with that room.
Furnishings bring personality
There are so many styles and every style reflects a different kind of personality. You can tell a lot about a person just by how they’ve furnished their home. Homeowners need to think carefully about how various furniture pieces represent them and their personal style when buying furniture. Collecting a good mix of furniture of different styles is crucial if you want to avoid having a home that looks like it’s featured in a catalog.
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.