DESIGN DETAILS RADIATORS
Gone are the days when a steel-panel radiator was the only option for efficient home heating. Here’s how to find a model to suit your interior
Traditionally, radiators were always positioned in the coldest part of a room – usually under a window. This was the most efficient way to counter both the chill given off by the surface of the glass, and draughts as they came in. This is still the case in older houses (such as in this period property; above), particularly if windows aren’t double glazed. However, if a house is well insulated, radiators can be fitted wherever you like. ‘A slim design could be positioned in an awkward corner or any other redundant area’, says Barbara Payne, head of design and marketing at Bisque ( bisque.co.uk). ‘Sizes can even be made to order, and angled or curved to fit a particular space.’
The amount of heat output you will need depends on the volume of your room – use an online BTU (British Thermal Units) calculator such as B&Q’S (diy.com) to assess what size radiator you will need. Radiators also now come in a wealth of shades and finishes, and can also be colour matched to perfectly suit your design scheme. ‘Classic matt white looks good in lighter rooms,’ says Guy Morgan Harris at Morgan Harris Architects (morganharrisarchitects.com), ‘ but we often go for pure black or metallics, such as anthracite or bronze, all of which work well as part of a darker scheme’.