Though black is a tried-and-true timeless color (okay so it’s technically not a color but for the purposes of interior design, it is) many homeowners are apprehensive about incorporating it into their design scheme. Black can be over powering if used too much but it has its advantages as well. It’s a classy color and it goes with everything. If you’d like to incorporate some black in your home’s interior design but are unsure about how, here are some tips you might try.
Variations of black
Believe it or not, the color black has variations. There can be undertones of other colors. As with all colors, you have a spectrum from matte to high-gloss. Keep in mind that smoother, shinier surfaces that are black will display every single fingerprint and speck of dust so it will be higher maintenance. If you’ve got children or pets, you may want to opt for rougher textures and duller color, especially where the color black is involved.
Offset black with warm colors
Opt for golds and bronzes rather than silvers and chromes in a space that has a lot of black elements. The warmer metals do a better job of offsetting the black which can be overwhelming. It’s important to remember that black is a very bold color for interior design and you don’t have to use very much of it to make a big statement.
Before you spend a lot on black leather sofas or other larger items, you might want to incorporate black into your accessories and smaller pieces that can be swapped out more easily. When you’re more experience and comfortable in using black in your interior design you might be a little more adventurous by investing in some larger pieces.
Pair black with white
It’s fitting that the absence of color and the full spectrum of colors would be the perfect pair. White and black make a great pairing so if you don’t want to overdo the black, purchase home décor items that make use of black and white patterns. Of course they’re zebra print but if you find that tacky there are some modern geometric black and white prints that look great as well.
Black on a budget
You can incorporate black into your interior design without spending a lot of money. A black lampshade (with gold trim of course) is a fairly inexpensive way to add a splash of black into a space. You’ll want to have several smaller pieces that are black if the focal point of the room incorporates black as well otherwise you’ll have a black hole effect that swallows up everything else in the space.
Black baseboard heater covers
Baseboard heater covers tend to be white or chrome. You can purchase new baseboard heater covers and paint them black to create a dramatic look without spending much time or money.
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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.