From the sleek and contemporary to the classic and elegant, designer radiators come in a wide range of styles to enhance any interior. Offering more than just a way to heat any room in your home, a designer radiator can create an eye-catching focal point and a stylish new look, but without the need for a total makeover. So, if you’re considering updating your home with new designer radiators but not sure where to start, here’s a rundown of the various styles that are available.
Modern radiators for a designer touch
Modern radiators are available in more designs than ever before, and long gone are the days when all you had to choose from was a plain white radiator in a range of sizes. Today, designer radiators come in an array styles, sizes and finishes, which means you can easily find one that will suit the décor of your room.
Designer radiators are a great choice for enhancing a modern interior, and they are available in a variety of colours and finishes such as black, white, anthracite, chrome, red and more to match in with your existing décor. Black and anthracite finishes make a bold, contemporary statement, while white blends in easily with any décor. For a splash of colour and for a striking feature, go for a red gloss finish. You can even choose a designer radiator that matches an accent colour to ensure a cohesive scheme.
When shopping for new radiators, you’ll notice there’s horizontal and vertical designs available. A popular choice with interior designers and homeowners, vertical designer radiators aren’t just an alternative to a horizontal design, they are also ideal for rooms with limited wall space. A tall radiator will heat a large area but without taking up too much wall space and create a stylish feature too.
Some vertical radiators even incorporate a full length mirror, providing more than just a heating solution. Mirrored designer radiators are great for hallways, bedrooms and bathrooms.
If you’re considering a designer radiator for your bathroom, then why not opt for one with a chrome finish, which will blend seamlessly in with chrome taps and accessories.
As well as colours and sizes, there’s also a choice of profiles. Radiators with flat panels help to maximise space and create a sleeker look. Tubular shaped and diamond shaped columns are ideal if you want something a bit more unusual or unexpected.
Although your home may have a central heating system, it doesn’t mean that you have to install a plumbed radiator, you could instead opt for an electric model. The benefit of this is that you can warm your room without having to switch on the central heating.
Electric radiators are ideal for extensions, conservatories and loft conversions where the heating system hasn’t been extended. They are also great for apartments with no central heating.
Electric radiators are pre-filled with a protective solution that prevents limescale and corrosion and are typically hard-wired into your home’s electric system, so you will need to get a qualified electrician to carry out the installation.
Creating a traditional look with school style radiators
If traditional is more your thing, then school style radiators are the perfect option. Old school column radiators suit both modern and traditional interiors, and are great for creating a classic look that will stand the test of time. If you have a big room, why not install two column radiators for a touch of luxury?
In the past column radiators were made from cast iron, and although these were slow to heat up, they did retain their heat long after they had been switched off. But a downside of cast iron is that it is so heavy that it makes installing a column radiator challenging. Today, this style of radiator is constructed from tubular steel, which is much lighter and more heat efficient.
Available in a wide range of sizes, this style of radiator is made up of vertical columns, and is typically two, three or four columns deep. The more columns, the more heat is produced. They are ideal for heating larger rooms with high ceilings, which is a space that requires a lot of heat.
Featuring a bigger surface area than a panel radiator, a tall column radiator produces more heat and increases the temperature of the room faster compared to a standard convector radiator.
Column radiators can be used to enhance a traditional bathroom, kitchen or living space, or you can add a vintage twist to a modern scheme. White column radiators complement any décor, while black and anthracite finishes create a bolder look. They come in horizontal and vertical designs and can be fitted to the wall or mounted to the floor with feet and a bracket.
Finally, complete the installation of your new radiator with a stylish set of valves. Valves come in many designs including traditional and modern to enhance the style of your radiator perfectly.