There are many interior design styles to choose from. One of the most popular is the coastal trend, or the beach home look. It can be a great look but so often, it’s done incorrectly. If you think you can just hang a few fishing nets on the wall (don’t you dare) or put some seashells all over the place, you’re mistaken. It is possible to have a coastal look that’s classy and evokes a carefree, cool, breezy atmosphere. Here are five ways to do it tastefully.
All white, all the time
The best coastal interiors use a lot of white. Use white slipcovers that use a light airy fabric to cover dining room chairs and sofas. Paint the wainscoting and a glossy white hue. The fireplace and walls throughout your home should also be a light shade. If you have pets or young children and are worried about so much white, use a tan or sand color that will hide smudges a little better.
Choose a neutral palette
For your furnishings, artwork, and other pieces throughout your home, try to go for a neutral palette. Think grays, whites, pale greens, and sea blues. Beige is a little predictable. If you want to have an unexpected accent color, go with some dark blue or aqua stripes on the walls or floors. If you don’t want to throw out furnishings that don’t fit your neutral palette, consider repainting them.
Let plenty of sunshine in
You want plenty of natural sunlight and fresh air. If your budget allows, install a skylight or two to let in sunlight from above. Add a set of large sliding doors and widen or lengthen existing windows. At the very least, dress the windows in light and airy coverings. You don’t want thick curtains that are going to lessen the effect of all that sunlight.
Embrace natural textures and fibers
You want to use natural materials as much as possible so go with a wood coffee table and end tables. For the dining room table use open-weave, wicker, or rattan chairs. If you’re really attached to your leather sofa, you can make it work by adding some oversized throw pillows that are white, aqua, or nautical blue. For rugs, use durable materials like sisal or jute. You may also want to consider using rope accents for a nice, nautical twist.
Skip the seashells, fishing nets, and life preservers
When you’re going for the beach home look, it’s easy to get carried away with the sea theme. But all those cliché things that come to mind when you think of the ocean are just going to make your home look tacky. You’re striving for elegant so resist the urge to go crazy with seashell displays and fishing nets and whatever you do, don’t mount a life preserver on the wall. Instead, you can create a sea-themed gallery wall. Choose some sea-themed artwork and maybe use some family photographs from your last trip to the beach to adorn your walls.
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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.