Interior design is one of those things you’re never really done with. That’s because trends come and go and what was fashionable a few years ago doesn’t look so great now. Here’s a look at a few design elements that have either fallen out of style, or were never really fashionable to begin with.
Things that don’t work
Anything that’s in your home and not working needs to be fixed, thrown away, or replaced. It it’s no longer serving the purpose it’s supposed to be serving, it’s cluttering up your home and needs to go. This might be anything from a piece of furniture that you just haven’t had time to fix to a burned out lightbulb that you just haven’t gotten around to changing.
Things that used to be alive but aren’t any longer tend to create a bad atmosphere. The hunting lodge look may have been popular years ago but taxidermy is generally frowned upon now as an interior design element. So even if you’re big into hunting, don’t embrace the tradition of not letting a single part of the animal go to waste. This rule doesn’t just apply to things from the animal kingdom. Plants that have died also need to go as well.
The TV centerpiece
A good design principle is to have a focal point in every room that draws the eye. Often, the television plays that role, and it isn’t a good thing. There are so many better ways to create visual interest than with a huge flat screen TV. Entertainment centers with a door that can close and hide the TV when not in use is one good option. At the very least it should be recessed in an entertainment center so its presence isn’t as prominent.
As for the bedrooms, you should strongly reconsider even having TVs in there to begin with. All the research suggests that watching TV as you wind down at night is bad for you. The bedroom is for sleeping so keep the TVs in multipurpose or family rooms.
There are two kinds of old stuff: old stuff that’s got a charming antique kind of vibe, and old stuff that’s just old and dated. The former is fine in moderation, the latter is never good. If you live in an older home, you can’t exactly erase all of the older elements and you probably don’t want to. But you need to strike a balance between those charming aspects of an older home and the functionality of a more modern home.
One way to blend old with new is to get new covers for your baseboard radiators. Rather than tearing out an old baseboard heating system in favor of something more modern, you can modernize the look of it. You can purchase baseboard radiator covers by the foot and snap them into place in minutes for a new look that doesn’t compromise the charm of living in an older home.
Source: Herald Sun
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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.