Styles and trends in the interior design world vary significantly depending on personal style. One trend in particular that is becoming more popular right now is decorating with dark colors. For years, you’ve been told to stay away from black, but when done right, darks colors are very strong and make a big statement about your space. Here are some ideas for what you can do when decorating with dark colors.
Layer the darks on each other
When using a lot of black in a room, you should make sure and layer the colors throughout. For example, you could put black on the walls in your kitchen. Then use a slightly different shade of black for your cabinets, your backsplash, and your appliances. While you are still making for a completely dark room, you are also giving the room definition by adding layers of color.
Bring in the light
If you are going to do everything in the room dark, you need to make sure you also have ways to bring in extra light. You want to use light to help balance out all the darkness in the room. One way to do this is by putting big windows in the space to bring in the natural light. You should also try to create reflective surfaces in the space, so the light from the window bounces around the room to brighten up the space. You could use black tile that is slightly reflective or shiny. You could put up mirrors on the wall as part of your decor.
Offset with whites
To offset the darkness in the room, you will want to use white accents in your decor. You can use a white floor or rug, white tables, or even more subtle white such as lamps. Or you can use white baseboards and white baseboard heater covers. The whites will also help reflect the light in the room and make it feel brighter even with all the darks in the space. The accents of white might be just what you need to finish off the look in the room. Plus it will modernize the feel of your design.
Use dark colors in your art too
Another thing you can do is pick art for your walls that has darks in it. With dark art pieces, you are continuing the theme of black style. It breaks up your wall a bit and makes the space feel more complete. Stick with art that has a black and white theme like your home as opposed to adding a lot of color. Big, colorful art pieces can make the space feel more chaotic instead of the calm and peaceful feel you get from a dark palette.
If you choose to decorate with darks, know you aren’t the only one. You can look online at Pinterest and other design sites to find decorating inspiration and guidance. It is a new trend, but there are still plenty of other people out there who want to decorate just like you.
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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" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" 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" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" 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" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" 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 use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
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 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™ 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.