If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t feel qualified to do any serious interior decorating. You’ve contented yourself to just having an average-looking interior since you don’t want to spend the money for a professional interior designer. But believe it or not, you can be your own interior designer by following these easy tips.
Throw away the trend book
While there’s nothing wrong with consulting the internet or home fashion magazines for inspiration, you should ultimately rely on your own sense of style when decorating. There are always going to be new exciting trends in interior design and they’ll be replaced by even newer trends within a month or two so don’t worry too much about have the latest and trendiest fashions and just aim for something that matches your personality and sense of style.
Rugs and carpet
The first thing that people see when the walk into a space is the floor. After all, it does take up a lot of real estate. If you’re going to have a rug, make sure it’s large enough for the space and that it goes with the rest of the room. If you’re going without the rug, choose a neutral color that will go with everything. Avoid white carpet if you have kids or pets or else the stains are going to drive you crazy.
Tone and contrast
Though every room should have a theme, you shouldn’t worry about every single color and style in that room going with that theme. There’s nothing wrong with blending in different tones, styles, periods, and colors. Just don’t overdo it or everything will clash when a little bit of accent is what you’re going for.
Good lighting is key to a great looking space. You don’t want the light to look cold and sterile and you don’t want the room to be too bright or too dim. Don’t make the mistake of having 100% of the lighting overhead. Have some lamps so that the whole room is illuminated without the feeling of light beating down on you from above.
Art, books, and memories
To really make a space your own you need to populate it with some personal touches. Your taste in books says a lot about you so have a few of those displayed throughout a room. As a bonus, you’ll always have one in reach if you want to relax with a book. You can also display some artwork and photographs that tells your’s and your family’s story.
Everyone is proud of their big flat-screen TVs and wants to show them off. But TVs make for poor focal points. So resist the urge to make your TV the focal point of any room in your home (unless it’s a home theater room).
Break the rules
Rules were meant to be broken and the same goes for interior design rules. Just make sure you know what the rules are before you break them and have a good reason for breaking them. As long as you’re breaking them purposefully and not accidentally, it’s okay.
Source: Perth Now
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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.