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It’s often said that fashion favors the bold. The same goes for interior design as well. The downside to taking any risk however, is that it may not pan out. If you want your interior design to stand out but you’re hesitant about taking any big risks, here are five ideas you may want to consider. The following projects are bold and perhaps a bit risky but easy to undo if you change your mind about them later.
Wallpaper in unusual places
Who says wallpaper has to go on the walls? Wallpaper can be applied to the ceiling as well or perhaps on the backs of cabinets or inside of a closet. Wallpaper is one of the most cost effective ways to transform the look of a space because a small investment covers a lot of square feet.
Like wallpaper, a fresh coat of interior paint is another cost-effective way to make a huge difference in the look of your home. Instead of spending thousands on bright-colored kitchen appliances, you can paint the entire kitchen for a few hundred dollars and a few hours of your time. That cost includes all the materials you’ll need. If you grow tired of the color, you can repaint, only this time you’ll only need to purchase paint since you’ll have brushes, rollers, pans, protective clothe, and painter’s tape.
If repainting an entire room is still too risky for your taste, consider painting or wallpapering just one accent wall. Colors or patterns that would be overbearing if applied to every wall may be perfect when applied to just one. Accent walls are a great way to be daring with interior design without risking as much.
Patterned tile backsplash
Ditch the boring tile backsplash. Use some geometric shapes or some interesting colors and tile your own backsplash. Tile the area just behind the stove rather than tiling the walls above all the countertops if you’re worried you won’t love it. If you’re pretty handy, this is a project you can probably do yourself to save some money.
Wallpaper is notorious for its difficulty to remove. Fortunately, there is such a thing as peel-and-stick or removable wallpaper that can be applied or removed in minutes. This wallpaper is especially ideal for patterned prints that are a bit bold. If you decide you don’t like it or if you just want something new to switch things up, you can swap it out for a different wallpaper with minimal work.
One of the safest ways to add bold elements to your interior design is accessories. Unlike larger pieces like furniture, accessories are relatively inexpensive so it’s the best place to take risks. You might find a couple of eccentric pieces at a thrift shop or flea market. Perhaps you can purchase baseboard radiator covers and paint them a unique color. Accessories are easily swapped out and since they don’t cost a fortune, you don’t feel like you’re committed to them if they don’t work out.
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.