Make a style state­ment with heat­ing choice

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - HOME STYLE -

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.

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