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Yes, a nice radiator…

The humble radiator… so functional, so essential… but not always particularly attractive. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Radiators can be beautiful objects too! As a plumber’s daughter, to me, a nice cast iron radiator with a good-old copper pipe connection is a thing of beauty that can be a focal point if done right. There are so many beautiful radiators available to buy and there’s something for every budget.

Designer radiators and nice radiators

Credit: HO RETRO – Finned Tube Radiator

If you’re looking for something really different, or perhaps a feature piece to stand out in the room rather than blend in, there’s so much to pick from. From single beautiful bars to paper clips and firehoses – the only limit is your imagination…and perhaps your budget.

Credits: Both by Tubes Radiatori pics via Archello

Cast iron radiators now fetch a pretty penny on auction sites and the reclaim companies have cottoned on to our new found love for them. A nice radiator can change the feel of the room. Stripping out the boring conventional 1990’s radiator and installing a cast iron one, or even a nice modern bar radiator, can make an instant impact to your room.

Credit: Farrow and Ball

Credit: Plaza Nuova

Some people have made focal points from nice radiators, making them jump out of the wall at your with bright or contrasting colours or just getting something that little bit different. The effect can be fantastic!

We’ve collected together some of our favourite radiators from the web. Feel free to suggest others!

Blog post originally written in October 2017 but refreshed and updated in March 2019.

Anna Tonkin

I love interiors! I've always enjoyed styling my home and my husband will tell you I'm always moving things around and trying something new. My favs include Mid Century Modern and Ecclectic mixes of contrasting themes such as classical design and pop art.

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