There are many aspects of interior design, from patterns and colour schemes to layout and furnishings. Paint, wallpaper and flooring are obvious concerns, whilst homeowners often go to great lengths to choose the right furniture, floor coverings and wall hangings. When attention is focused on the main subjects of home improvement, however, several important areas of the home risk being overlooked. Radiators, for example, do not always feature in design plans.
Utilities Need Not Be Ugly
Radiators obviously serve an important function in the home, keeping rooms heated to a desirable temperature. But it is arguably the functionality of radiators that causes them to be omitted from plans to improve the interior design of homes. People do not always recognise the potential to improve that which is considered functional or necessary. The problem is that radiators are not always the most aesthetically pleasing of utilities in the home.
The radiators that emerged during the latter half of the twentieth century in Britain were often designed with cost and practicality in mind, thus limiting their aesthetic appeal. Still used in homes across the country, many old-fashioned radiators can be described as bulky, loud and ugly. More importantly, the majority are inefficient compared to modern-day alternatives such as Stelrad.
Form and Function
Stelrad Radiators are available in a range of sizes, shapes and styles, enabling homeowners to find models that are in keeping with the appearance of their living spaces. When choosing radiators, buyers must consider at least three points: how the radiators will be used, where they will be positioned and how well they should blend in with the décor.
On the first two points, the functionality of radiators is likely to be determined by their location. In hallways, radiators typically provide ambient warmth and they are often used to dry damp clothes such as rain-soaked coats. In living and reception rooms, radiators serve more or less the same purpose, but their positioning may affect the overall layout of furniture, such that some models might protrude from the wall to an extent that limits the arrangement of sofas, coffee tables and bookcases. The same is true of bedrooms, whilst in the bathroom radiators should be much smaller and slimmer; indeed, heated towel rails, ultra-slim radiators and vertical tube heaters often work well in bathrooms.
On the third point, radiators need not be hidden from view. Stelrad and several other manufacturers produce models that are designed to stand out. Customers can choose from a range that includes classic column designs, tube-on-tube radiators and single-panel heaters, which feature smooth lines that work especially well in minimalist homes. Not only are modern radiators pleasing on the eye, but also they are tested to rigorous standards and operate at optimal efficiency, ensuring that buyers can comfortably warm their homes at the lowest cost and without sacrificing design or layout.