Whether you’re purchasing a new home or you’re just planning to redecorate, the living room is one of the first rooms you’ll want to turn your attentions to. That’s because it’s one of the first things people will notice when they enter your home. An attractive and welcoming living room space is essential if you want to make a good first impression. Here are six tips to keep in mind when it comes to decorating a living room.
Use light, cool colors
Cool colors such as blues and greens have been found to reduce stress and even lower people’s heart rates and blood pressure. Since you want your living room to be a place where people can converse and relax, cool colors are a better choice than warmer colors like reds or yellows. When selecting a paint color, remember that color isn’t the only important thing. Darker shades will make the room appear smaller while a lighter tint will make the room appear larger.
Use crown molding and/or wainscoting
Trimwork such as crown molding and wainscoting covers the joints and surfaces where floors, walls, and ceilings connect to give the room a more flowing look. They also add character to an otherwise boring room. Crown molding runs around the tops of the walls to provide visual interest between walls and ceilings. Wainscoting goes around the bottoms of the walls. Trimwork can also be a great way to add a second paint color to the room.
Hang some mirrors
There are several advantages to hanging mirrors in addition to or in place of artwork. Mirrors typically cost a lot less than artwork and they also add depth to the room. When strategically placed across from a large window, they reflect light throughout the room making it appear larger than it is. You can go with one or two larger mirrors or a collection of smaller ones. Whichever you choose make sure they’re nicely framed ones so that they can function as a kind of artwork themselves.
Invest in comfortable, durable furniture
While it’s important that your furniture looks nice and fits with your vision for the space, you don’t want to make the mistake many homeowners do by worrying so much about aesthetics that you forget other considerations. The most important consideration when selecting furniture is comfort. If you and your guests won’t enjoy sitting on it, why bother buying it? Another important consideration is the quality of the furniture. Spend a little more on reputable brands and quality materials so that you can rest assured the furniture will last more than a couple of years before it starts to fall apart or show wear and tear.
Cover up bland-looking baseboard radiator heaters
Does your home have a dated-looking baseboard radiator system? Don’t be in such a hurry to tear it out in favor of a more modern heating system. Baseboard radiators add a touch of charm to older homes but it’s probably a good idea to purchase some snap-on baseboard heater covers so they don’t stand out from your new furniture and accessories.
Don’t be in a hurry
Finally, it’s better to take things slow and weigh all decisions carefully. It’s understandable to be in a hurry to get your living room decorated all at once but you don’t want to make any rash decisions you’ll regret. So be patient and give yourself time to plan out the perfect way to decorate the space.
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.