Interior decorating might seem easy if you watch a lot of interior decorating on TV, but there’s actually a lot that goes into the designs that professional interior decorators pull off. Since the average homeowner isn’t going to want to invest money to hire a professional decorator, here are a few simple tips that can make it seem like you did.
Start with a neutral base
You’ve heard the saying that fashion favors the bold and there is some truth to that, but many amateur decorators make the mistake of being too bold when it comes to their base color scheme. Bright vivid colors are find when used sparingly as an accent. But wild colors are difficult to match with so if you start with unusual colors, you’re going to have a difficult time finding pieces that look good in that space. When selecting a paint color for the walls, go with something off-white. Everything goes with that color and it will open up the space making it appear larger. You also won’t have to repaint when it comes time to sell since off-white is a universally appealing choice that won’t offend any prospective buyers.
Don’t overdo it
Another cliché phrase that you would do well to remember is "less is more." You don’t need to fill every space in every room for it to be decorated. In fact, you what some empty space since it provides contrast that makes the occupied space look even better. It’s also relaxing on the eyes to have places in your home that don’t have as much going on visually. This applies to accessories as well as larger furnishings. Don’t put 14 decorative pillows on your sofas, it will just be a pain whenever you want to sit down.
Plants that are easy to care for
When most people envision decorating with plant life, they think of bouquets of fresh flowers and lots of color. The problem with this kind of plant life is that it’s expensive and difficult to take care of. Unless you have a lot of time to commit to keeping flowering plants alive, you’re going to lose a lot of them and spend a lot of money replacing them. Instead, get some nice green indoor plants that are a little more durable. Place them near open windows and water them occasionally and they’ll thrive and beautify your home.
Every room should have a focus piece that draws the eyes to it. Instead of decorating a room with lots of little knick-knacks and accessories, consider a large piece of artwork of some kind-a mural or large ceramic vase perhaps-and a few other little accessories as a finishing touch. A large painting or photograph may be a better solution to a large wall than having a gallery wall which requires a lot more work.
Avoid themed rooms
The problem with themed rooms is that they end up looking cliché plus you find yourself passing over pieces you love in favor of pieces that fit a predetermined theme.
Don’t be in a hurry to get rid of the baseboard radiators
Many people are opting for central heating over baseboard radiators since they can look a little old fashion and they’re a more expensive way to heat the entire home. However, they’re good to have even if you already have central heating because they can be used to heat individual rooms as needed. If you’re not crazy about their appearance, you can get some baseboard radiator covers to make them look more modern.
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.