There are two occasions when we notice the radiators in our homes - when we're looking at houses to purchase or rent, and when they appear back on our radar as the cold weather sets in. Although working rads are a godsend, keeping us warm through the damp chill of winter (and a little before and after as is the norm with the weather in the UK!), decor-wise, they are something of a disruption. Radiators take up precious wall space, restricting our choices for the placement of furniture and accessories, and depending on the state of what you inherited when you bought your home, they can be unattractive and not particularly complementary to your personal decor tastes. The usual approach is to make them look as invisible as possible, by opting for a neutral colour that doesn't draw attention, so they blend with the walls.
But what if your radiators could be a thing of beauty, to be admired rather than hidden, and actually raise the style factor of your home? You can now choose from all kinds of feature radiators that range from sculptural design to bold colours, in styles that fit any decor. They also come in an endless array of finishes - you can even get chalk board that doubles as a message or art board! Beyond that, radiators offer a blank canvas of sorts, attracting designers who want to put their own fresh spin on the traditional heater, resulting in some interesting collaborations with manufacturers looking to stand out in the market.
Here is some inspiration to spark ideas of how you might transform your own space:
If you're a fan of colour, you can really have fun punctuating your space with bold and bright hues. Some manufacturers offer custom options such as ombre effects in your choice of shades, as well as stripey patterns and iridescent finishes.
Radiators also come in the form of grand sculptural pieces, elevating a home with their distinguished style, or keeping up with a high end space to carry through the aesthetic that has already been established.
We associate radiators with cast iron and metal, so to use them to bring nature into our space is probably the most surprising effect these new designs offer. Finishes come in the look of wood, stone and bamboo, in all kinds of styles, textures and colours. These rads can serve as a feature, or work harmoniously with your decor scheme, such as a walnut ' panel' on the kitchen wall that matches your walnut cabinets.
Now that you're aware of some of the design possibilities the not-so-humble contemporary radiators offer, you may find yourself as excited about picking out a new rad as you would be choosing the perfect sofa or table, or maybe even moreso! Good design is like art; it will make a distinct impact on the look and feel of your home, and reflect your unique personality.