If you assume that the interior decorator you’re thinking of hiring has a degree of some kind, there’s a good chance you’re wrong. Interior designers are the ones with degrees. They’ve received a formal education in architecture and related fields. Interior decorators, on the other hand, don’t have to have any formal training. Anyone with a good eye for color, pattern, and texture and an ability to combine all these elements together successfully can call themselves an interior decorator. So before you go out and spend a sizable chunk of your decorating budget on a decorator, consider the following home decor tips that can help you decorate like a pro, but for less money.
Start with a base color you love
If you don’t like foundational color you’ve chosen then it stands to reason that you won’t like all of the pieces you select to match it. When sampling a paint color, remember to view it in different lighting situations. If you paint a sample patch on your wall, view it at dawn, midday, and dusk before making a decision. Remember that darker, more vibrant colors, no matter how much you love them, will make your space feel more cramped and you’re more likely to tire of it quickly. A light, neutral color is easier to match to and it’s universally appealing so you won’t have to repaint when you sell. You can go with a light neutral color for most of the room and paint an accent wall a darker, more vibrant color.
Big ticket items, then accessories
Once you have your paint color(s) picked out, it’s time to select the larger pieces like sofas, loveseats, and armchairs. You want to pick these items first and make sure they go well with your base color. The colors for these items are usually more limited than the colors you can find for accessories so pick them first so you don’t have as hard a time trying to find furniture that matches that super-specific colored vase you purchased. Once you’ve purchased and arranged the furniture, you can get the smaller items: rugs, artwork, end tables, etc...
Plant life and floral patterns
Your interior decorating should incorporate plenty of plant life and floral patterns since it is a great way to add some color and vitality to a space. Indoor plants give the space a more organic feel and makes people feel a little more relaxed.
Illuminate dark corners
A single light, however big, on the ceiling in the center of a room can’t fully illuminate the space. Good design requires plenty of lighting for every space so you want to make sure there’s no dark corners. In addition to ambient light above, make sure to scatter light throughout the space at varying heights by using a combination of desk and floor lamps.
Use mirrors to enlarge a space
Mirrors are a great way to make a small space appear larger. When strategically placed across from windows or near an artificial light source, they reflect light throughout the room making it appear brighter and more opened up.
Install baseboard heater covers
If you’re looking for a quick and easy project that makes a big impact without costing a lot of money then consider installing baseboard heater covers. They can make old baseboard heaters look new and shiny. They’re especially good for a more modern looking space since old heaters will clash with the rest of the decor.
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.