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Hiring a professional interior decorator is an expense that the average homeowner can’t afford. Fortunately, it’s an expense that isn’t strictly necessary. With patience, hard work, and no small amount of research, you can make your home look like it was decorated by a pro without actually hiring one. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Start with statement pieces
Statement pieces tend to be the larger pieces in a space that serve as focal points for the room. Since the rest of the interior design will center around these statement pieces, selecting them is a good place to start. Your focal points in your design will of course vary according to your own personal taste. Some common examples are a favorite oversized chair or an unusual coffee table. Statement pieces should draw people’s eye, they should make people have questions and they should be displayed prominently in the home. You should be very selective when choosing statement pieces so give yourself plenty of time and don’t just rush out and buy the first thing you kind of like. The perfect piece for your home may be sitting in a second-hand store somewhere so keep your eyes open.
Functional and beautiful organization
What principle of good interior design that’s true no matter what your style, is good organization. Good organization not only makes spaces more functional, they make them look nicer too. The key to good organization is the old adage, less is more. When decorating a space, you need to first give yourself some room to work with by getting rid of everything you never use. Labels are a great way to stay organized in the kitchen or in a craft room.
Pops of color
Color is one of the trickiest parts of good interior design. There’s a very fine line between a color scheme that’s too muted and boring and one that’s overbearing. Light, neutral colors tend to work best as a foundation. You can use brighter, bolder colors for the walls and ceilings but it is harder to pull off if you don’t have much design experience. If you’re new to interior decorating, best to include pops of color by purchasing some throws, decorative pillows or window treatments. These types of things are more easily swapped out then paint colors if you decide that a certain color isn’t working out. An all-white foundation is easy to work with since all colors will look great and stand out against a white background. Sofa covers and baseboard radiator covers can be a great way to change the color of existing elements to work with your color scheme without spending a lot of money.
Blur the line between indoors and outdoors
The best interior designs merge seamlessly with the outdoors. Your interior should have plenty of plant life to give it a touch of the outdoors. Plants don’t have to be limited to the kitchen and front room where they’re most common. You can even have some plants in the bedrooms.
Your personal touch
Most important of all, your interior design should have a personal touch. When you hire an interior decorator, their job isn’t to make your home look like something in a magazine, their job is to get to know you and your personal taste and create an interior design that reflects that. When you’re decorating your own space, you need to do the same.
Are your old baseboard heaters worn and becoming an eyesore? It may be time to upgrade your home with decorative baseboard heater covers.
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.