First time homeowners will inevitably make mistakes when decorating their homes. There are simply too many pitfalls to possibly avoid all of them. But at the very least, you can avoid the following six decorating mistakes that people continue to make despite many warnings.
Painting without testing the color
The paint color will never look exactly the same as it does on the paint can or sample. Ever. It might still be tolerable, or it might not be. Though you may be impatient to start painting, test out some different paints on the actual wall that you will be painting. Look at it throughout the day at varying levels of brightness to make sure it’s really the right color before you paint everything. This will prevent you being stuck with a color you don’t absolutely love or spending hundreds of dollars and many hours of time to redo it.
Shag rugs are a mistake. Not matter how much you might think you want them, you don’t really want them. They shed, so you have to constantly vacuum up the stray fibers. Food particles and tiny odds and ends lodge themselves deep down in the carpet where even the most powerful vacuums can’t suck them up (though more powerful vacuums may pull out the carpet fibers themselves).
Marble is the must-have material for upscale kitchens but quartz is a much better option. Marble is more porous which means over time stains will set in and it is also easier to scratch. While you may prefer the look of marble initially, within a few months you’d rather have quartz.
Aggressive color scheme
Before you buy that bright teal couch or paint your living room a vibrant purple, consider that for the rest of your life (or until you sacrifice the time and money to replace it) you’ll be stuck trying to match every décor item to it. If you want to incorporate bright colors into your interior design, find less expensive and more subtle ways to do it. Go with a neutral base like off-white, brown, charcoal, or black as you can match virtually any color to it. If you add color through accessories rather than main furnishings, they’re easy to swap out when you want to mix up the color scheme.
Purchasing all your furnishings in a weekend
While you’re understandably anxious to set about decorating your first home, the best interior designs evolve organically over a long period of time. Give yourself time in the space before you go out shopping. Be willing to live with fewer furnishings as you give yourself time to find all the right pieces for your home.
If you have pets and or children and think you can keep your white carpets clean if you’re careful, you’re deluding yourself. If you’re a single germaphobe and you think you can keep your white carpets clean, you’re still deluding yourself. White carpet will become dirty over time whether you spill things on it or not because dirt settles it and slowly darkens it. That said, you don’t have to go with an ugly dark brown carpet either that will hide any and every stain.
There are often cheaper solutions to your problems if you give yourself time to think of them. If you don’t like the look of your kitchen cabinets, you don’t have to pay to have them torn out and then replaced with custom cabinets. You can replace the cupboard doors or simply repaint them. Even replacing the knobs and pulls can drastically change the look and it will barely cost anything. If you don’t like the look of old baseboard heaters, you can purchase baseboard heater covers rather than paying to replace them with central heating/air.
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.