There aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to interior design. There are plenty of tips and tricks but there are always situations where you might want to go against conventions to achieve a certain look. So rather than go over rules which are meant to be broken, here are eight underlying principles to keep in mind when doing interior decorating.
Plan for real life
So many homeowners make the mistake of putting aesthetics above functionality. But the space needs to do more than look like it belongs in a home fashion magazine. You are going to be living in that space and using that space every day so you need to think about practicality too. Before anything else, think about the functionality of the space you’re decorating and what it needs to be able to do.
Create a vision
One you know how a space is going to function, you can think about your vision for that space. Take a global approach. Don’t start with specifics like paint color or furniture selection. Have an overall vision of the space and let that dictate all of the smaller decisions.
Be thoughtful about materials
When it comes to furniture, it’s better to spend a little more on high quality pieces that are going to last. Don’t go with something trendy or cheaply made just because you like the way it looks and the price is right. Natural materials like wool, silk, linen complemented with solid wood construction are ideal. Remember also that high cost is not a guarantee of good quality.
Juxtapose contrasting elements
Just because you’re going for a certain theme or look doesn’t mean every single thing in that space needs to match. In fact, you should be in the happen of blending different time periods and styles into a single space. It’s that juxtaposition that makes a room feel lived in and not just something you’d see in a home fashion catalog.
Layer the details
It’s easy to walk through a store and pick out things that you like one at a time. But you should be asking yourself as you go along whether each piece goes with the vision you have for the space you’re decorating. All of the elements have to come together as layers to complete the look.
Your interior design should be personalized. It’s perfectly fine to go online or to visit home fashion stores for inspiration but your design needs to reflect your personality and tastes. It’s also important to integrate your personal belongings, antiques, heirlooms, and hobbies into the space where possible. It’s those quirky details that make the space yours.
Strike a balance
One of the hardest things to achieve with interior design is balance. You should view the room for different vantage points to see if it looks good from multiple angles. You want to avoid having one side of the room be overwhelming and the other side bare.
Sometimes, after you’ve finished with a space, you have to go back through and tweak things. Don’t feel like things are set in stone once you’ve finished either. From time to time you can switch things up, add new elements and take away others to achieve a new look.
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.