Our expert Celia Rufey answers your interior design questions and decorating dilemmas
Celia Rufey answers your queries.
PROFILE Celia Rufey has been the Homes & Gardens decorating expert for more than 30 years. She has a wealth of interiors knowledge and has also designed her own range of fabrics. CAN RADIATORS BE ORDERED IN ANY COLOUR? I’m planning to update the radiators throughout my house. Do you know of any companies that will finish them in a colour to match my walls? IS, Reading, Berkshire.
Several companies can supply radiators in bespoke colours. Many of the radiators at Bisque, 020 7328 2225, bisque.co.uk, can be ordered in RAL (Reichsausschuss für Lieferbedingungen – find the chart at
ralcolorchart.com) and NCS (Natural Colour System – ncscolour.co.uk) colours, which together number 20,000 and include tints that match well-known paint ranges. As an example, its Classic radiator, H67.5xw67.5cm, in a bespoke colour would cost £850.80.
Also contact The Radiator Company, 01342 302250, theradiatorcompany.co.uk, where the Carmino double horizontal radiator, H64.5xw101cm, costs £1,362, with a choice of 25 RAL colours. Design Radiator, 023
9216 0700, design-radiator.co.uk, can also order some radiators in a selection of RAL colours. For each of these companies, the advice is to choose a radiator style from the website, and then to call to find out which colours are offered for that model.
“We are seeing a trend for striking surface effects for walls, such as hessian or millinery mesh imprinted into textured paint.”
HOW CAN WE JUDGE THE BEST SIZE FOR A NEW RUG? We need a rug to put between two matching sofas that face each other. Should a portion of each sofa be on the rug or should we choose a size to fit between them? JS, London, SW10.
It’s important to decide whether the purpose of the rug is to unify the room or to define the space, says Christopher Sharp of The Rug Company, 020 7908 9999, therugcompany.com.
A large rug is unifying and will allow you to place the sofas half on the rug. To define the space, a smaller rug should sit between the sofas with a sliver of floor still visible. Rug designer Jennifer Manners, 020 3648 6865, jennifermanners.co.uk, whose Gate rug is shown above, agrees, adding that a large room needs a large rug on which part of both sofas can sit in order to establish a cohesive zone within the overall space.