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Usually, designers recommend you paint your home with neutral colors and then use bold colors in the decor. But what are you supposed to do when you really want a dark paint color? Can you still decorate nicely even if the paint is dark? Here are some tips for decorating if you want to use dark paint on your walls.
Even it out with whites
Dark blues and blacks can look really awesome on a wall, but make sure you use whites to help balance it out and give some contrast to the space. For example, white baseboards and baseboard heater covers and lighter colored floors will help balance it out. Use white furniture or white cabinets up against the black. If you are going to use a dark wall, you must use large white pieces to balance out the amount of dark color in the room.
Light, light, light
One way to keep your room from feeling too much like a cave with dark walls is to make sure you get a lot of natural light. If you have big windows, use sheer window coverings, so you always get some natural light in your space. Keep your windows open whenever possible to bring in the light. If you have 9 ft or taller ceilings, try and get windows that are taller as well.
If you don’t have any options for extra natural light or are in a naturally dark space, try adding can lights to the ceiling. It will help even out the light in the room and can really brighten up the space.
By putting mirrors on the wall, you make the space feel bigger and brighter. All the light in the room will reflect off the mirror and brighten the space up, and you will feel like your space is bigger instead of feeling smaller from the effects of the dark paint.
Try just one wall
If you don’t want to change your light situation or you like to have darker furniture, you can also use yor paint color on just one wall in the room. For example, you can use a deep shade of blue on one wall and paint the rest white. That way, the dark paint isn’t overwhelming, and you still get all the color that you want in your space.
Bright colored accent pieces
Use accent pieces throughout your room to really contrast with the dark colors you chose. If you picked black paint for your walls, then using bright yellows and pinks or oranges really make a statement and contrast the black a lot. It’s also a fun and creative way to bring color into your space. Get bright throw pillows, wall decor, etc.
Frames and shelving
When choosing frames for your dark wall, it is best to go with lighter colors to contrast and give a clear break before the picture starts. However, shelving might be different. You can choose shelving that blends into the wall color and is barely noticeable or you can choose to get something that contrasts a lot with your paint color, so it stands out. That is personal preference. Usually, large dark walls do need something on them or against them to break up the color slightly.
Are your old baseboard heaters worn and becoming an eyesore? It may be time to upgrade your home with decorative baseboard heater covers.
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.