One of the biggest challenges homeowners face when it comes to interior decorating is time. Time passes and with it, trends come and go. What was in fashion just a few years ago looks horribly dated now and what’s trendy now will be outdated just a few years in the future. No matter how much time and money you put into decorating your home, you’re always battling to stay ahead of that dated look. Here are seven tips for staying ahead.
Figure out your personal style
The first step in creating a space that won’t look dated is to stop worrying about trends. That might seem counter-intuitive but if you base all of your interior decorating decisions on what’s currently trending, not only will your home soon feel outdated but you won’t even like it. It’s better to start with discovering your own personal style rather than focusing on trends. So ask yourself, what defines your personal taste when it comes to interior design. What colors and textures do you prefer?
Have a flexible color scheme as a base
Your base color palette should be flexible and easy to work with. Choose something that’s neutral but appealing to you. Use that color scheme throughout your home and build off of that. The advantage of a flexible color scheme is that as seasons come and go and as you swap out pieces from time to time, you won’t have a difficult time matching pieces to your color scheme. Choose something too out there and you’ll find that you’re constantly struggling to make things match.
Keep your paint job fresh
Don’t go too long between interior paint jobs. It’s easy to forget about your walls and not recognize when they’ve become dinged up and stained. But once you do a repaint, you’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it makes. It’s one of the most cost effective ways to make your home seem new again. Remember the previous tip and select a neutral paint color that’s easy to work with.
Avoid themed rooms
Resist the urge to go all out with the African themed room or whatever other theme you have in your mind. You might be into it now but who’s to say what you’ll like two or three years down the road. The best odds of not getting tired with a space is to mix and match different styles. Fuse different elements together and avoid designing an entire room according to a single theme.
Layering is good, but don’t overdo it
Layering is good, it’s how you create a diverse space. Over time you’ll inherit or buy new pieces. But eventually, you can overdo it and a space could look cluttered. Every room needs a focal point and if there are too many things and no unifying principles of design in the space, it won’t look good. So as you accumulate new furniture and other pieces, occasionally take time to go through and get rid of things that no longer fit (literally and figuratively) in that space.
No matter how many precautions you take to create a timeless design, you will still need to make occasional changes. Don’t feel like every design decision is permanent. From time to time you can mix things up. Move furniture around. Maybe even move something that’s been in the same room for years into a different room. Don’t be afraid of change.
Budget for the next wave
Have in interior decorating budget that you are constantly investing in. When it’s time for something new, purchase it from that budget. Don’t ever exhaust it completely, just keep the money rotating in and out so there’s always some available when it’s time for a change.
Source: New Jersey Herald
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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.