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

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Style Decorating -

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 ( ‘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 ( 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 (mor­gan­har­ris­ar­chi­, ‘ 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’.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.