Any interior designer could tell you within minutes all of the design mistakes that have been made in a space. Some are obvious and some are more subtle. Here are ten common home décor mistakes as reported by interior designers. These are the mistakes they’re quick to spot when they enter a room.
Every room needs "visual pauses" where the eyes can rest. If every single possible space has an item filling it, chances are you’ve over-decorated. Remember that less is more and a little empty space never hurt anyone.
Too many materials
When there are too many different materials being used in the same space, the effect is overwhelming. If you want a clean, timeless look, try to be a minimalist when it comes to selecting the materials for a space.
Playing it safe
It’s clear to a designer when a homeowner has been too afraid to make any bold decisions. The space ends up looking cookie-cutter with no personality. Make one wall an accent wall and paint it a crazy color. The great thing about home décor is that it’s easy to change it up. So do something a little wild and if you don’t like it after a few days, switch it out.
Curtains mounted low
Many homeowners make the mistake of hanging their curtains just above the top of the window. But if instead homeowners would hang their curtains as close to the ceiling as possible, the ceilings will appear higher and the room will appear larger.
A mistake many homeowners make with smaller spaces is trying to find small furniture to match the scale of the room. But furniture should be comfortable first even if it’s a little large for the room. Besides, you can’t trick the eye into thinking a space is large by filling it with small things.
Lack of contrast
A space doesn’t have to be all classic or all modern. In fact it shouldn’t be. While you don’t want too many styles clashing in a space, a little bit of contrast can go a long way in creating visual interest in a space.
Nowhere to set your drink
Even when you’re going for a minimalist design, you can’t forget about functionality. If a room is designed for people to sit and socialize, for example, there needs to be end tables or somewhere where people can set down a drink.
Don’t go to a single home décor store and buy everything you need for a room. Sometimes that perfect piece that will complete the look is sitting in a thrift store somewhere. Don’t buy everything from the same store, show room or collection. It will take more time and effort but it will be worth it.
A rug that’s too-small throws off the scale of the whole room and makes things seem unbalanced. If you’re putting a rug beneath a table and chairs set, the rug should be large enough that all of the chair legs stay on the rug even when pulled out.
No rule breaking
Rules are meant to be broken and the same goes for interior decorating rules. The key is to make sure you’re breaking rules with a purpose and not on accident. It’s obvious when a rule has been broken on accident.
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.