There are several home heating systems to choose from and depending on your needs, some may be better than others. One that isn’t as common today but still a great option is a baseboard heating system. Baseboard heater systems can be used as a supplement to an existing home heating system on an as-needed basis in rooms that just refuse to heat up. Or they can be a complete home heating system all on their own. Here are some things to know.

Baseboard heating system vs. forced air heating system

There are several reasons why you may want to opt for a baseboard heating system over a forced air heating system, despite the fact they’re less common. For one, baseboard heating systems are much easier to install, especially in older homes, since there is no ductwork. Because there’s no required ductwork, baseboard radiator systems tend to require less maintenance. Unlike a forced air heating system which blows hot air loudly and intermittently, baseboard heating systems work quietly and constantly as long as they’re turned on.

Two kinds of baseboard heating systems

Baseboard radiator systems can be generally classified into two different types: electric and hydronic. In an electric baseboard heating system. Electricity is used to directly heat the air in the home. For supplemental heating, you can purchase plug-in portable baseboard heaters. For a complete home heating system, however, you’re better off paying for a system that’s hardwired into your home’s circuitry.

Hydronic baseboard heating systems also operate off of electricity. The difference is that the electricity heats the room indirectly rather than directly. In a hydronic system, electricity is used to heat up fluid (usually water though some systems use oil) enclosed within the radiator. It is the hot water which warms the air in the room. Hydronic systems are more common for whole home use since electric baseboard heating systems are known for being less energy efficient. A downside to hydronic systems is that they take longer to warm up a room once turned on. Once the enclosed fluid is warm though, it retains its heat much longer after it’s turned off.

Is a baseboard heating system right for you?

If you have an older home with no forced air heating system, installing the necessary ductwork may be more trouble than it’s worth and you may want to strongly consider a baseboard heating system. If your current heating system just doesn’t cut it for certain rooms in the home, such as in the basement, a baseboard heating system may be for you. Since heat rises, a heat source at floor level makes a lot more sense when it comes to circulating heat and warming a room more evenly.

If you’re going to go the baseboard heating system route, it might be wise to protect them with snap-on baseboard heater covers. These make the system look more stylish. If you have an older system, these easy-to-install baseboard radiator covers can make it look like new again.

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A mobile home is something you usually associate in your mind as being cramped and inferior. But done right, mobile
home design can make a mobile home comfortable and stunning. Here are a few interior decorating ideas to make even a mobile home glamorous.

Wood floors

Most mobile homes come standard with carpeted floors. But there’s so much more of a wow factor when you have wood flooring. Since you remodel from the ground up it’s the logical place to start. Tear up that carpeting and install
wood flooring or laminate if you want the look without as big an investment.


A higher-grade material for the kitchen and bathroom counters is another way to spruce up a mobile home. Granite is the undisputed king of kitchen countertops but it’s also the most expensive. Quartz is a less porous (read “easier to clean”) material that costs much less and has a very elegant look.

Home office

Want to make your mobile home more professional, create a home office. Since space is limited, you don’t have the
luxury of a dedicated home office. You can, however, create an office nook in the bedroom. Purchase a small but nice computer desk and chair. Put your desktop or laptop there, and voila, a home office.

Less is more

Real estate is your limiting factor when decorating a mobile home so you have to be especially judicious about what stays and what goes. Ditch the huge TV stand, mount an ultra-slim flat screen right onto the wall. Install a floating shelf or two nearby to place your Blu-ray player and movies. You have to be smarter about creative storage solutions. Everything should double as extra storage. A coffee table needs a shelf below; an ottoman needs to open up to reveal hidden storage. Move things off the floor. Pendant lights instead of lamps, mounted coat hooks rather than a coat rack.

Baseboard heater covers

Does your mobile home have a dated-looking baseboard heater system? Cover it with a snap-on cover. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and they make your mobile home look much more modern.

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You don’t have to be a professional interior decorator to make bold interior design choices. Here are just a few ways you can add some drama to your interior design without calling in a professional decorator.

Invest in a large area rug

Area rugs are an often under-utilized design element which is too bad because they can add a layer of depth to your interior design that you just can’t get any other way. Area rugs come in a wide variety of materials, colors, and patterns so you’ll be able to find one that fits your design scheme no matter what it is. If you’re feeling adventurous you can go with brighter colors and out-there styles for your rug to really add some flair.

Go gray

A good rule of thumb when interior decorating is to go with a neutral color for a base that will offend the least number of people since you’re eventually going to sell your home one day and you want the paint color to appeal to the widest number of people possible. But beige and off-white can get old fast. If you want a good middle ground—something a little daring but not too risky, grays might be a good choice for a base color. It will go with anything so it’s easy to work with when picking out furniture and other accessories for the space.


An exciting trend in interior decorating is steampunk. Steampunk embraces vintage elements from the 1800s and blends it with more modern elements. Achieving a steampunk look is as simple incorporating some brown leather furniture and ornate clocks. Emphasize gears and machinery in your design choices. You can’t go wrong with an antique record player either.

Incorporate floral

Floral prints don’t count. Real floral elements. That means living things that require taking care of. If you don’t have much of a green thumb you can purchase hardier plants that can survive a few missed watering and a few days without sunlight. Pick plants with scents you like. Sure fake plants are much easier but it just isn’t the same and the scent and beauty that comes using real plants in your home is worth the investment of time and money.

Modernize your old baseboard radiators

Many older homes still use baseboard heating systems. They’re actually very efficient at heating the entire home compared to other types of heating systems but some of the older ones can be pretty unsightly. For a small investment of your time and money, you can install snap-on baseboard heater covers to give an older heating system a brand new look. It’s a lot cheaper than tearing out the baseboard radiators and having a whole new heating system installed.

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Americans spent around $400 billion on remodeling and home improvement projects in 2015. Home remodeling projects can cost quite a bit of money but they don’t always have to. In fact, there are plenty of smaller scale projects that the average homeowner can do him/herself. Here are four simple home improvement projects that you can do yourself without having to pay a professional.

More energy efficient windows

You can easily spend several thousand dollars to have a contractor come in and install energy efficient windows throughout your home. Since new window installation is beyond the ability of the average homeowner, though, it’s not a job you can do yourself. What you can do though is fix your existing windows to make them more energy efficient. For just a few dollars, you can buy self-stick weather sealing from your local hardware store. Then, simply cut the strips according to the dimensions of your window and apply them. You can cut your heating/cooling costs significantly with just one afternoon of work.

Building your own home office

A home office can cost thousands of dollars, but you can also do it for much less and without sacrificing one of your bedrooms. To start, remove the door from a closet that’s large enough. Next, remove any hanging rods and built-in cubbies that will interfere with your office space. Put in an inexpensive desk, an office chair, and as much shelving as you like and you’ve now got a small home office converted from a closet. It should only cost a few hundred dollars at most and a few hours of your time.

Build an outdoor patio

A professionally built backyard deck can cost as much as $20,000. Even a simple patio can cost several thousand depending on how big you need it. But you can build one yourself without having to deal with mixing and pouring concrete. You can purchase pre-cut interlocking patio tiles in a wide range of styles from your local home improvement store or from an online retailer. In the course of a single afternoon you can build your own backyard patio for entertaining guests.

Install baseboard heater covers

If you have an older home with baseboard heaters, you could spend thousands to have an HVAC specialist come in and replace them with a more modern heating system. Or you can spend much less for baseboard heater covers. They simply snap into place on top of the baseboard heaters and make an outdated home look much more modern. You should be able to do your entire home in under an hour.

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The decision to move in together is a serious one and not to be taken lightly. Of the many considerations you’ll have to make, one of them is how you’ll merge two different interior design styles into one space. It doesn’t have to be as difficult as it might seem. Here are some tips.

If possible, move into a new space

The housing market being what it is, this may or may not be possible depending on where you live but it’s significantly easier to move into a space that’s new to both of you. Think of it as starting off with a fresh slate. A neutral space is much easier to work with as you both bring in different furnishings and accessories to fill it.

If this isn’t doable then one of you will be moving into the other person territory. For obvious reasons, this presents its own challenges. The person whose space it was initially is going to have to make some sacrifices to make room for the furnishings and accessories that the other is bringing into the equation. A willingness to compromise is going to be a big test for your budding relationship.

Don’t worry too much about matching

The best interior designs tend to be somewhat eclectic, meaning that they incorporate a variety of styles and tastes. A mistake many couples make when they cohabitate is thinking that they need to replace all of their furnishings to select new ones that match perfectly. Avoid this mindset and whatever you do, don’t go out and purchase a whole collection. You may throw out some things and make some new purchases together but embrace the idea that your two different styles can work well together.

Some things will need to be purchased new

Art, collectibles, and other accessories and knick-knacks belonging to each partner can be integrated fairly easy into a cohesive interior design. There may need to be some sacrifices on both sides but for the most part, there shouldn’t be a need to go out and purchase new accessories.

Larger pieces that need to be functional and comfortable for each partner such as sofas, a mattress, and a dining table set should be purchased together. You can each sell your old furnishings to start a budget that can go towards these new purchases. Make a day out of it and head to a local furniture store and spend some serious time shopping for new furnishings for your new life together.

Striking the masculine-feminine balance

Each couple will have to decide how to strike this balance. Some choose to have a more masculine design for one room and a more feminine design in another while others aim for a balance in every room of the home. A great way to find a balance is to mix masculine textures like reclaimed wood or leather with a more feminine color palette—pastels and softer colors. You can also do the opposite by incorporating softer textures with a more masculine color palette.

A third approach is to go with a neutral design that isn’t feminine or masculine. For example, a black and white color scheme is completely neutral and can look great in any space.

Don’t rush it

Finally, and most importantly, don’t be in such a hurry to completely decorate the space. The best interior designs evolve slowly over time. It’s okay if the design is a little sparse at first. Take time to really fall in love with pieces before you purchase them and choose to spend a little more on high quality pieces that will last a long time.

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​Depending on your skill level, a DIY project can range from smaller jobs that can be done in a weekend or even a day to large remodels that take weeks or months. People consider DIY home improvement for all kinds of reasons. Most enjoy rolling up their sleeves and doing the work themselves and many do it to save money. But if you aren’t careful, a DIY project could end up costing more than you anticipate and you may regret not hiring a professional to begin with. The key is to create and stick to a budget.

Creating a budget

Before you can create a budget, you’ll need to do a lot of research regarding the project you’re considering. Make sure you fully understand the scope of the project and all it entails. Do research into the materials that you’ll need for the project and don’t forget to also include the cost of any special tools that you don’t already have into the estimated cost. When creating a budget, estimate high so that you’re more likely to spend less than you anticipated rather than more.

Preparing for contingencies

Ideally, the home improvement project will be completed without any setbacks but you should always plan for something to go wrong. As you begin work, you may uncover some damage or problem you didn’t know about previously or you may find that the project will require tools or materials you hadn’t considered so you should set an additional 15% of your budget aside just to be safe. Best case scenario, there are no setbacks and your project is under budget. Worst case scenario, there are setbacks but you’re prepared to incur the additional costs.

Stretching your budget

There are good ways you can stretch your budget and bad ways. Don’t use inferior tools or materials to save money
because your finished project will be of poor quality. However, that doesn’t mean you always have to use premium materials. Granite or marble counter tops in the kitchen or bathroom, for instance, are extremely expensive while quartz is much cheaper and just as durable. You know what you can afford so plan accordingly.

Stick to your plan

The number one reasons that home improvement projects go over budget is homeowners changing their minds. Before work began, you should have had a clear plan in place and you should stick to that plan throughout the course of the project even if new and exciting ideas occur to you afterwards.

Bring in the pros

Finally, you need to recognize your own limitations when it comes to DIY. There are some projects you should never even attempt to do yourself such as electrical, plumbing, and roofing work since these require a license and it may
not be legal to do so. But there are some projects that you shouldn’t do even if you’re allowed to if you don’t feel you have the necessary skills or tools. You’re sure to go over budget if you attempt a project beyond your skill level and have to bring in a pro to correct your mistakes and do it right.

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​Humans are living at a faster pace than ever before. In today’s hectic world, it’s more important than ever for people to have a place they can retreat and recover and prepare for another day. The bedroom is the ideal room in the home to serve this purpose. Homeowners should view their bedroom as a quiet retreat and there are a few things homeowners can do to achieve this. Here are seven tips to follow to turn your bedroom into a quiet retreat.

Plan for function

When you’re doing interior decorating, regardless of which room you’re working in, you need to focus on function first. It doesn’t matter if it looks good if the space isn’t comfortable to you and isn’t functional. For the bedroom then, you want to start with the mattress since the primary function of your bedroom is sleeping. There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a mattress. You have to think about size (queen, king, California king), firmness (plush, firm, extra firm), and composition (pocketed coils, memory foam, or hybrid). Keep in mind that depending on your bed, you may or may not need a headboard and this will determine which headboards you can buy. Other functionality considerations are blackout shades if you plan on doing a lot of sleeping in and reading lights for late-night reading. Also consider a dresser for storage.

Figure out the mood and aesthetic that works for you

The bedroom is a place of rest and relaxation so you need to make it a quiet place that sets the right mood for you. The word “quiet” means something different for everyone though. For most, it will probably mean soft, neutral, cool colors such as muted grays or blues though some might prefer brighter colors and patterns.

Create balance

Every room in the home needs a focal point, and in the bedroom, that’s usually the headboard. If you’re going to go with a large, patterned headboard that really stands out, then the other furnishings should be a little neutral so as not to compete with the focal point. However, you can also go with a more neutral headboard and more brightly colored bedding to make the bed itself the focal point.

Have space on both sides of the bed

Something about having the bed pushed up against the bed makes the space look more confining. Though you want to get the most out of your square footage, it’s better to center your bed so there’s at least 30 inches of space on each side so you can easily climb into bed from either side. Some nightstands on each side provide plenty of tabletop space and storage.

Choose appropriate lighting

Each bedroom needs a central, overhead pendant light to illuminate the entire room upon entering. This draws the eyes upwards and adds a decorative element. Bedside lights are also a must but it must be tall enough (at least 28 inches or so) to have a presence next to the headboard. You can hang sconces over each nightstand if you don’t want bedside lamps that take up tabletop space.

Select the right bedding

Only you know your sleeping preferences. Do you want a mound of pillows and a pile of blankets or do you want to take a more minimalist approach for bedding? The bed sheets themselves can become part of the decorative design so consider patterned sheets as opposed to solid. Choose high quality bedding that will really stand out.

Buy a rug

No one wants to wear shoes when they’re relaxing in the bedroom so invest in a good-sized rug, especially if you have hard floors so your room is cozy and warm. If possible, try out the rug in the store by placing your bare feet on it to make sure you like how it feels.

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​The majority of remodels end up going over-budget. At best, you end up spending more than you thought you would and money is tight for a bit while you play catch up. At worst, you run out of money before the project is completed and can’t pay your contractors. Then you’re stuck living in a construction site while you scramble to come up with some more money to get the job finished. You don’t want this remodeling nightmare to happen to you so here are some finance tips for your next home remodel.

Compile your wish list

Start out thinking about the remodel as if cost wasn’t a factor. Then start thinking about the cost of the various things you’d like to do. From there, narrow down your list to those things that are the biggest priority for you and your lifestyle.

Carefully select your contractor

Don’t hire the first contractor who makes a bid, even if the price is right. Get at least a few estimates and compare them. Don’t automatically go with the lowest. Go with the best value, even it will cost you a little more. Don’t be afraid to haggle prices with the contractor.

Set a budget and stick to it

Never you into a remodel with an open-ended budget. Work with your contractor to determine an accurate and realistic budget for the work you want done. As the project gets underway, don’t start adding on to its scope. Stick with your original plans.

Prepare for contingencies

Never assume that everything will go smoothly because in all likelihood, it won’t. Whatever your budget is, increase it by 10-15% so you have a little extra when the contractor says “uh oh.”

Review the contract before signing it

Any reputable contractor will give you a contract in writing before work begins. Don’t just sign on the dotted line. Read over it. Make sure you understand everything and that you are in agreement with it. If there are discrepancies between what you’ve envisioned and what is planned, or if the cost is more than you anticipated, discuss it with the contractor before signing.

Understand how you’ll be paying

Most contractors will take a down payment before getting started and you’ll pay the rest in installments throughout the project. Never pay 100% up front. Find out the payment schedule before work begins and make sure that payments are always tied to milestones in the project, not arbitrary dates regardless of how much the contractor has actually accomplished.

Save all your receipts

Keep track of all your receipts. If you’re the type of person who frequently misplaces things, consider scanning them into a digital document so you can pull them up on your computer. This may be a lifesaver if there’s ever a discrepancy in cost between you and the contractor.

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​After paint color has been chosen and the walls are painted, furniture is the next big interior design decision to make. Furniture is second only to paint color when it comes to the effect it has on a space. Since furniture takes up so much real estate, it’s important to put a lot of thought and planning into selecting the right pieces. Here are some tips you’ll want to keep in mind.

  • First, look at what you have. Do an assessment of your current furniture. Is any of it worth keeping? If it’s cheap or outdated, throw it out. If it has sentimental value, consider reupholstering it or giving it a new look somehow.
  •  Purchase larger items first. It’s easier to purchase smaller items that match with larger items so get the big things first. Start with sofas, loveseats, big recliners, area rugs, and dining table sets and only then turn your attention to end tables and smaller furnishings.
  • Comfort is critical so sink your money into seating. If you’re on a tight budget, plan to use the bulk of your decorating budget on seating. If nothing else, you at least want to make sure that you have very comfortable seating. If the coffee table or dining table and chairs set is a little on the cheap side, you can live with that and upgrade later, but nothing is worse than a couch you hate to sit on.
  • When possible, buy things that last. Unless your budget is very tight, aim to purchase furniture that is durable and will stand the test of time. Don’t feel like you have to buy all your furniture in a month’s time. You can add pieces over time as you save up for them.
  • Take advantage of holiday sales. National holidays are a great time to purchase furniture as you can usually get some kind of deal like free delivery or big discounts. You can also check out clearance items or second-hand stores. Remember that used doesn’t necessarily mean poor quality. You can sometimes find great furniture of high quality for a low price on Craigslist. Sometimes just the right piece to finish the look for a room is sitting in a yard sale or antique shop somewhere waiting for you to find it.

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​Putting up new family photographs or paintings in your home is one of the fastest and most cost effective ways to give a room a new look. It’s also a relatively simple project that you can usually do in an afternoon. Though it’s a pretty easy DIY interior decorating project, it is possible to mess it up. So if you don’t want your photos or paintings to look slightly crooked or random holes in your wall, then follow these seven tips.

  1.     Find the center. No matter what space you’re working with, you always want to find the center first. This applies whether you’re hanging a single frame, or a group of them. You can either find the center of the entire wall or the center of a piece of furniture. For instance, if you plan to hang a group of frames over a sofa, then first find the center of that sofa and mark it on your wall.
  2. Map things out. Before you hammer in the first nail, you need to have the layout completely mapped out on your wall. To do this, trace each frame that you plan on hanging on butcher paper and then use painter’s tape to attach them to the wall where you think you want them. From there you can rearrange the layout until you’re satisfied without putting a dozen holes in your wall. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t have frames within six inches of the edge of a wall as it makes the wall looked over crowded.
  3. Consider a ledge. You might want to think about whether a picture ledge would look good on the wall. The advantage to a picture ledge is that you only have to install it once and then you can swap out photos and artwork as often as you want without putting more holes in the wall. When installing a ledge (or a large frame) just make sure you’re putting the nails or screws into wood and not just drywall.
  4. Use the right hardware. Depending on what you’re hanging, you may want to use a picture hanging kit instead of just using nails. They tend to be more secure. You may also need screw anchors if you’re hanging something heavier into drywall.
  5. Decide on picture height. Keep in mind that the center of your photograph or painting should be at eye level for the average adult. This is especially important if you’re extremely tall or extremely short because you’ll have a tendency to hang your frames too high or too low.
  6. Mark everything first. Now you can mark the top of the frame with a pencil and from there you can mark the exact location or locations where you will hammer in the nails. This step is crucial if you want to avoid unnecessary holes in the wall.
  7. Hang the picture. You’re finally ready to actually hang your frames. Hammer in the nails being careful to do it exactly where you’ve marked it. If you’ve done everything right then when you place the frame on the wall, it will be level, centered, and at just the right height.

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