Dated doesn’t always mean bad. After all, there is a great power in nostalgia and trends that disappeared decades ago will still occasionally reappear again. Architects and interior designers are still using elements of design from centuries ago today. That’s because good design is timeless. Not many years ago, that sleek, modern look was all the rage and homeowners were spending a fortune to tear out all those old features like wood-paneled walls only to seem them come back in style again. Here are a few trends from decades past that are making a rebound.
Tortoiseshell became a popular design element in the late 1800s and grew popular again in the 1920s but has since lost its popularity. This is due in part to a general dislike for killing animals for the purposes of interior decorating. Fortunately, designers today are able to simulate the look of tortoiseshell, that famous black and brown mottled pattern, without killing anything. It can be used as inlay on walls, vases, mirrors, and other pieces.
The popularity of stained glass windows reached its peak in the 1930s. Ever since, our focus on energy efficiency has moved us away from intricate patterned windows towards simple windows with little visual interest. Now, stained glass and energy efficient aren’t mutually exclusive and they’re making a comeback. For many, stained glass is synonymous with old chapels and religious symbols but stained glass can also perk up a space with fun, geometric patterns.
Back in the 50s, every kitchen was turquoise or yellow or pink. It was never plain white. Nowadays, colorful kitchens are the first thing to go when people purchase an older home. The all-white kitchen craze is finally getting a little old, however, and homeowners are now longing for pops of color again. The trend hasn’t swung so far that people want an all-turquoise kitchen again, but a bright, bold accent color for the kitchen is no longer taboo.
One thing we all remember about visiting grandma’s house is that awful patterned wallpaper. There was an unofficial but national purge of all wallpaper around the turn of the century and we’re only now starting to look back. Sure, tastes have changed and today’s patterned wallpapers use a lot less brown and orange (thank goodness). Removable wallpaper has also become more popular since it’s much easier to remove if you get bored of it than traditional wallpaper. Another common use for patterned wallpaper is a single accent wall.
Arguably the worst thing about the 70s-and that’s saying a lot-was that awful avocado green color. Well now it’s back but a little more muted. Add white to it, pair it with wood beams and it can look quite attractive and modern. Just use it sparingly and not everywhere on every surface (what were they thinking?)
Old, ugly baseboard radiators
Okay so not every trend from decades’ past is making a comeback. Some design trends are staying in the past and just might forever, but you never know. If you’ve got an old baseboard radiator system that’s seen better days, you may be tempted to just have it all torn out and replaced with a new heating system. But you may not want to. Baseboard heating systems are actually better at heating rooms since heat rises and they’re installed at floor level. If you want to modernize the look of your home without taking out those older, charming elements, you can install snap-on baseboard radiator 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.