Interior designers will tell you that one of the things first time homeowners struggle with the most in decorating their new homes is deciding what it is they like. Anyone can order a collection of furnishings from a catalogue or show room and make their home look nice like a picture in a magazine. But the best interior designs are ones that allow the homeowner’s personality to shine through. Here are some tips for doing just that.
Look for inspiration
Figuring out what you want out of your interior design can be the most challenging part but you have to know what you like before you can set about decorating your home. To start, you need to look for some inspiration. The internet is a great tool since you have millions of photographs and interior decorating ideas at your fingertips. Create a file where you store the photos and links to articles about interior design that you feel drawn to. These will help you narrow in on what it is you want. 2D images can only do so much, however, so you’ll also want to pay attention when you’re in other people’s homes to see what kind of design elements you like. You’re not limited to just homes, either; you can find inspiration in a hotel room, a doctor’s office waiting room, or a restaurant as well. Always have a camera on you in case you come across something that inspires you.
Choose the big pieces first
It’s much easier to swap out accessories and small furnishings than it is to throw out your sofa and buy a new one. It’s easier to add little splashes of color here and there with accessories than it is to repaint a room. So start by choosing the paint color and larger furnishings that go with it. Take your time to really choose pieces that reflect your personality since you’ll be stuck with them for a while.
A warning here: if you know you really like a certain color, that doesn’t mean you have to make that the dominant color in the room. Most of the time you’re better off going with a light, neutral color like gray or tan, and using your favorite color as an accent to the base color palette.
Don’t stress over trends
Too many homeowners spend their time worrying about what’s currently trending when it comes to home design. The problem with trends is that they come and go so quickly that what’s in fashion now won’t be in a year two. A home that’s designed with trends in mind will be the first to look dated so go for timeless design principles instead of trendy fads. Most important of all is that you like the things you’re putting on display in your home. If you like the look, then it shouldn’t matter whether it’s trendy or timeless.
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.