A mistake many homeowners make when decorating a new home is to follow whatever is currently trending. But it’s far better to go with tried and true classic styles that never go out of style. You don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve that timeless look. Here are a few ways to achieve a classic look without breaking your budget.
Artistic tiled floors
Do you have a small bathroom that just looks bland? Replacing the plain white tile with some patterned tile will give it a feeling of richness and luxury even if you don’t have the money to invest in walls and fixtures to match it. Try to choose tiles that have traditional patterns in neutral colors or you may have trouble selling your home down the road.
Get creative with mirrors
Mirrors not only reflect light but they reflect objects that are across from it. Some strategically placed mirrors can make a room feel larger and brighter and they can double as a kind of artwork. Think carefully about what each mirror will reflect back. You don’t want guests to see a reflection of your driveway or unattractive furniture so you have to try and place mirrors with a purpose.
If you don’t have the budget to replace all the doors, cabinets, and drawers in your home but you want to create a new look, you can still accomplish quite a lot by just replacing the hardware. Choose some high quality hardware for your doors, cabinets and drawers. Some nice knobs and pulls in the kitchen can drastically change the look. A nice, polished gold door handle for your front door or bedroom doors can make all the difference.
Mixing periods and styles
Not only is it okay to blend classic and contemporary styles, but it’s encouraged. Traditional touches throughout your home give it a sense of history will touches of modern will make your home look more sleek and new. If you’ve got a bunch of new home décor items from a local store, balance it out by displaying some family heirlooms or some antiques that you found in a thrift store.
You want to find the right balance between bright colors and muted tones. Too many bright colors throughout your home will clash with each other and create discord. On the other hand, if your entire home is painted the same neutral color and all of your décor items are similarly muted, your home will look uninteresting. Try to pair some bold colors (a little goes a long way) with softer grays or neutral colors to create a really bold look. You want to have colors that pop and you want the home to look stylish but it’s easy to overdo it if you’re not careful.
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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" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" 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" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" 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" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" 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 use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
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 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™ 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.