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Professional interior decorators and designers are usually employed by celebrities or the very well off while the average homeowner doesn’t want to put any of their limited decorating budget towards a professional decorator. But occasionally professional designers take to the internet to share some of their secrets. The following tips come from a professional interior designer.
Less is more
A rookie mistake is to try and cram too much into a space. Even if all of the pieces and accessories in a given room are carefully selected and aesthetically appealing, the overall look can come across as cluttered when you try to do too much. A little empty space goes a long way in creating contrast and visual interest and it makes the elements that are there stand out more.
Mix and match
The novice decorator assumes that matching is all-important for a good-looking design. But it’s not. While you do want certain design elements such as good symmetry and color scheme to tie everything together, there also needs to be contrast. Sometimes it’s a little bit of juxtaposition or seeming chaos that completes the look. When decorating, avoid purchasing ready-made collections of furniture sets or décor items. Instead spread out your purchases. Mix time periods and styles. Keep the charm but also make it modern by leaving the baseboard heaters and covering them with sleek baseboard heater covers.
Good lighting is everything
Even the best interior design can be ruined by poor lighting. There are three types of lighting that are essential for good design but most people only use one or two. Ambient lighting is for mood. It’s the overhead lighting that illuminates the entire space. Dimmable LEDs are a great option for ambient lighting since they can be brightened or dimmed as the mood calls for. Task lighting is more about functionality of the space, a reading lamp near a favorite recliner or under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen. Finally, accent lighting calls attention to focal points such as interesting architectural features, a gallery wall, or a favorite piece of artwork. Good design will have all three kinds of lighting spread throughout the space.
Make it yours
Don’t worry about trying to impress anyone else and certainly don’t aim to recreate a photograph you saw online or on the cover of a magazine, unless it perfectly reflects your personality and tastes. It’s your home so first and foremost in your mind should be creating a home you want to spend time in. Display something you collect, hang pictures from your travels, show off photos of your kids and/or pets.
Consult a professional
While hiring a professional decorator to oversee the whole process of decorating is outside the price range, most home owners can afford a one- or two-hour consultation with one. They usually charge between $100 and $175 per hour but they can save you more than that by helping you avoid common mistakes. This is an opportunity to get the opinion of a professional and run your own ideas by him/her before doing the work yourself.
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.