Make a style statement with heating choice
RADIATORS, once the ugly ducklings of the home and usually ignored unless they didn’t work, have undergone a transformation. They’ve been given a radical makeover by designers and have evolved from functional metal slabs into virtual sculptures and wall art that can blend elegantly into the background or make a dramatic statement. Textured slabs, coils, ladders, poles, mirrored radiators, and even wooden radiators are just a few of the choices offered by today’s radiator companies. So if you still have clunky, clanging radiators, surely it’s time you joined the radiator revolution. A Hose radiator, from £941 from MHS Radiators, is really unusual. It’s made from more than 20 metres of double-lined steel braided hose which is rolled over a polished stainless steel hook. Make a talking point with a Leaf electric radiator, from £2,398 from Bisque, made from laminated wood. It has a radio-controlled programmer for temperature and operating times. Colour has taken rooms by storm, and there’s no reason why radiators can’t follow the trend. Some companies offer a bespoke colour finish service for radiators so they match walls and furnishings and blend seamlessly into a scheme, while others have a kaleidoscope of colour choices for individual models. If you’re stuck with existing radiators, give them a makeover. Hammerite’s Radiator Paint costs from £9.99 for 500ml. It’s possible to match a radiator to walls if you paint it with emulsion and then apply International Radiator Clearcoat, which prevents emulsion cracking when put under stress from the radiator heating up and cooling down. It costs from £9.49 for 500ml. If you’re after a sleek, steely, slightly industrialised look, there’s plenty to satisfy you both from specialised companies and on the high street. Radiators are a must in bathrooms and it’s standard to have heated towel rails, but nowadays these can come in all shapes and sizes. Those heavy cast iron Victorian-style radiators might be regarded as metal dinosaurs by those looking for something sleek and skinny, but they’re hugely popular with vintage fans and definitely add instant character to a room. Many companies offer modern versions of these old classics or originals can be found in reclamation and salvage yards, but make sure they’ve been reconditioned before you buy as they can have cracks that aren’t visible.