Amateur decorators and designers are bound to make mistakes along the way. After all, they don’t have the training that professionals do. But even if you’re planning on decorating your home yourself to save money, there are a few mistakes you can avoid. The following five interior decorating mistakes are ones that homeowners should be able to avoid.
The wrong-sized area rugs
Homeowners tend to buy too small when it comes to area rugs. Area rugs are supposed to be the foundation for the space you’re decorating. It needs to tie all the elements together. In order for that happen, it needs to enclose everything within it. But many homeowners will have furniture that is only partially on the area rug. With the exception of the sofa, and loveseat (the back legs can be off the rug if they’re close to a wall) every piece of furniture in that space should be completely on top of the rug.
Clutter on display
Even if it’s not exactly junk, all the little odds and ends that accumulate in every household will look like junk, especially when everything else is immaculate. There’s no way to completely get rid of clutter since some clutter is necessary, but it shouldn’t be out in the open. Fabric bins, storage ottomans, shoe benches with internal storage, and any other creative storage solution you can find are all great ways to keep clutter out of sight so your interior decorating can really stand out.
Too much matching
Furniture and home decor stores make a fortune on selling complete furniture and accessories sets to consumers. We like things to match and consequently, we enjoy the ease that comes with purchasing a ready-made collection from a retailer. But if you have a matching bed frame, dresser, wardrobe, and nightstand set and a matching bathroom set with shower curtain, bath rug, towels, waste basket, and soap dispenser, your home won’t look like it’s really yours, it will look like a picture in a catalogue. That’s not to say that your home should be a hodge podge of furniture and decor of all different colors, styles, and time periods. You should try to select pieces that go well together, just don’t fall into the mistake of thinking everything has to match perfectly with everything else in a space.
Most homeowners think a single overhead light per room is sufficient but light needs to be suffused evenly throughout every room. Overhead lighting won’t illuminate all the dark corners so a combination of desk and floor lamps and perhaps even some accent lighting to go along with that overhead lighting can help spread the light around more evenly.
No finishing touches
Homeowners often spend all of their decorating budget on the major pieces like furniture, rugs, and curtains but they don’t leave anything left for the accessories or finishing touches that will complete the space. A room will look bare and uninviting if it doesn’t have some artwork, decorative throws and pillows, and a few ceramics, figurines, or other decor items in the space, even if it has all the essential elements like a sofa, loveseat, coffee table, and rug. One great finishing touch to consider is installing baseboard heater covers since it’s a quick and inexpensive ways to completely transform the look of an old, outdated-looking baseboard heating system.
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.