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When it comes to interior decorating, you need to know the rules before you can break the rules. You’re allowed to break them so long as you have a reason for doing so but here are ten interior decorating rules you should commit to memory before you start breaking them.
If something about a space seems lacking, it may be that you need to add some more textures. You can use rugs, throws, accent pillows, and unique furniture to use various textures. By mixing metal with wood, or rattan with natural woven fabrics, you get a unique look that you can’t achieve when you’re only using one or two textures in a space.
Every space needs layered lighting. If all you have is a single overhead pendant light, the space will seem two-dimensional. You should have light coming from multiple sources, some light coming from above, some coming from floor lamps, and perhaps some from the floor used as accent lighting. Layered lighting allows you to adjust brightness in the space for different occasions.
Take risks with accessories
With interior decorating, it can be fun to take some risks but you don’t want to take risks with larger, expensive pieces that you can’t easily replace if you change your mind. So unless you’re very experienced, you should take risks with smaller accessories like a quirky bowl or statement vase that you can swap out with other pieces if you realize it just doesn’t fit with your vision for the space.
Start with a simple base
If you’re having trouble decorating a space, the reason could be that the space itself is tricky to work with. For instance, a brick wall might make it very difficult to use the color scheme you want. By simply painting the wall white, you’ve made the task of decorating that room much easier since any color scheme can work with white walls. So look for ways to simplify the space before you begin decorating it.
Always measure your space
Measure twice and buy once as the saying goes. It’s easy to get carried away with making purchases for a space without really understanding the dimensions you have to work with. Buying before measuring can result in returns, wasted time, and even lost money so get it right the first time by measuring first.
Don’t forego function
When purchasing pieces for a space, don’t forget to think about function in addition to aesthetics. If you have plenty of space you may be able to get away with a large, beautiful sculpture but most homeowners should try to find pieces that look nice but also serve a purpose beyond aesthetic appeal. When choosing a sofa, for instance, make comfort just as important, if not more important, than looks.
If you’ve ever been a room that didn’t feel balanced somehow, it was probably the result of poor use of symmetry. If all of your larger pieces of furniture are one side of a room and the other side is sparse, the space won’t feel quite right. Symmetry doesn’t mean that one side of the room needs to be a mirror image of the other, but you should aim to balance the different sides of the rooms so it looks good from all viewing angles.
Invest in pieces you love
Don’t be in a hurry to buy things just to fill up a space. Don’t let yourself feel pressured into buying something that’s merely "nice" because it’s on a good sale. Be patient as you make purchases and give yourself time to make sure you really love it. Better to buy slow and spend a little more for things you really like so you won’t have to get rid of stuff two years down the road.
Be bold with paint colors
Want to create an instant wow factor without spending a fortune, paint the room a darker color than you usually would feel comfortable with. If you’re nervous, just paint one wall for a nice accent. If you like it, you can choose to do the rest of the room or leave it as is.
Take risks, follow your gut
The best interior decorators break the rules occasionally so don’t feel like you have to follow every single interior design rule all the time. Have a vision for the space and know the rules but also follow your gut and be willing to take the occasional risk.
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.