Interior decorating is an art and many homeowners simply can’t master it. For a cost, a professional interior decorator can come and decorate your home but many can’t afford that expense. With you in mind, here are some free interior decorating tips straight from the pros.
Invest in good craftsmanship
When decorating on a budget, it’s always better to have sparsely decorated room with items of excellent craftsmanship than a filled-out space of cheaply made furnishings. Consider purchasing hand-crafted items since there is a quality to them you just can’t get with mass-produced furnishings.
Take inspiration from everywhere
Always be on the lookout for things that inspire you that you might be able to incorporate into your interior design. Though inspiration might strike with a particular furnishing, it can also be more basic than that. It might be a striking mashup of colors or textures. You may not even be indoors at all when a genius interior decorating idea comes to your mind.
Don’t try to force a design theme
Work with the space that you have and don’t try to force a preconceived design idea into the space. Take a hard, long look at the room you’re decorating and think of the best ways to complement its architecture and layout.
Don’t shortchange the artwork
Most people spend the majority of their decorating budget and larger furniture like sofas, recliners, loveseats, and dining table sets. When everything’s said and done, there’s nothing left in the budget for high quality art. Don’t make art an afterthought. It brings together the whole look. Set aside a significant portion of your budget for high quality art. Better to have expensive art than expensive furniture.
Let your home design be intimate
Your home should be centered on the idea of human interaction. Seating should be arranged to foster communication between people. In today’s world of electronics and interruptions, this principle of interior design cannot be overstated.
Let there be light
A good home design requires plenty of light, both natural and artificial. User lighter, airier window treatments and go with a lighter color scheme. If you want some dark color, use it for the flooring to make the rest of the home look lighter than it really is. Layer your artificial lighting as well so you have as much or as little as you need for every occasion.
Don’t concern yourself with trends
Pay no attention to the magazine or online articles that tell you about current design trends. It’s your home and you should decorate it according to your tastes. Trends, by nature, are temporary and the look you want to go for is timeless.
Expensive doesn’t always mean good and vice versa
Cost can often be an indicator of high quality materials but it isn’t always. Don’t pay a premium for a brand name. Avoid over-priced items and look for quality instead. Sometimes it’s the least expensive upgrades that make the big difference. Small and inexpensive details such as cabinet hardware of snap-on baseboard radiators covers can complete the look and they don’t cost much.
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.