Akka Radiator from The Radiator Centre featured at TheEssexBarn.com

When we moved into The Barn I was immediately impressed with the two statement radiators in the master bedroom. Rather than being the ugly sisters in the corners they were a feature of the room and from a practical point of view the vertical style meant that wall space was immediately free for other furniture.

Radiator in master bedroom at The Barn

I’d love to have more statement radiators, perhaps modern for the gym or traditional cast iron in the parlour but how do you go about choosing a statement radiator and can they work in any setting? I asked Nick Duggan, Director of The Radiator Centreone of the largest online providers of the very best designer radiators, for his thoughts and advice…

How to choose a statement radiator - TheEssexBarn.com

How does a statement radiator differ from a standard one?

Statement radiators are generally those that people are happy to put on show and not hide behind their sofas. Such is the variety of shapes and colours available on the market, a radiator can make a valuable contribution to a room’s design and layout, rather than be that white panel that you would want to hide away and ignore.

Mod-u radiator from The Radiator Centre featured at TheEssexBarn.com

What advice would you give for making a statement radiator a feature in a room?

Nowadays, you can almost consider radiators in the same way that you would potential curtains, as they provide an opportunity to work with colour (whether subtle or bold), textures and shapes. There are no hard or fast rules as to what will or will not work, but don’t lose sight of the fact that the radiator is there to heat the room. You don’t want to be left with a beautiful room which you cannot enjoy because it is too cold.

The Radiator Centre featured at TheEssexBarn.com

But isn’t statement heating just for large rooms?

Definitely not. The smallest cloakroom can benefit from the addition of something that differs from a standard chrome towel rail. Even in the smallest of rooms, wall space is important. Being able to put a vertical radiator on a piece of wall too small for anything else has real advantages.

How efficient are statement radiators?

Some statement radiators can be very efficient. Manufacturers are increasingly aware that ‘energy efficiency’ is an important part of the design process. As a result, aluminium radiators, which use less water, take less time to heat up and are recyclable, are now available in an increasing number of interesting styles. There are also ranges that are to get the most out of the energy efficient heating systems, such as ground-source or air-source heat pumps.

Cast Iron Radiator from The Radiator Centre featured at TheEssexBarn.com

Can you install a statement radiator on a budget?

Most definitely. Some ranges cost little more than a basic white panel radiator, so there are no excuses!

SV Radiator from The Radiator Centre featured at TheEssexBarn.com

Would you consider using a statement radiator in your home? For more guidance The Radiator Centre website has a great help section with information and advice on choosing a radiatorinstalling a radiator and troubleshooting & maintenance.

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  4. Emily August 17, 2016 at 11:35 pm Reply

    Wow, there is no questioning those radiators certainly do make a statement! They’re gorgeous, all of them. Really hard to pick a favourite amongst them, but if i had too, i’d say the silvery looking cast iron ones. They look amazing set against those curtains and flooring, which look stunning too. Now you have me thinking, i wonder if my other half will mind if we redo our bedroom, again, haha!

  5. mummyofboygirltwins September 17, 2015 at 8:16 am Reply

    Wow I knew radiators came in different shapes and sizes but not colours and so much choice! I always thought they were super expensive too! Love the cast iron ones 🙂 Lovely to have you again and thanks for sharing with us 🙂 Jess xx


  6. Beth @ Twinderelmo September 16, 2015 at 8:33 pm Reply

    i had no ideas that radiators could be so funky! These look just gorgeous and the colours are amazing. I’m so behind the times here aren’t I?!?

  7. Fionnuala September 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm Reply

    Oh Michelle, some of these are really fabulous. I love the old-style cast iron ones. My sister-in-law (the same one who is doing a boot room and who, incidentally is also called Michelle!) has these radiators in her hall and I jsut adore them.
    Fionnuala from http://www.threesonslater.blogspot.com

  8. Mum in Brum September 16, 2015 at 9:57 am Reply

    We opted for a statement radiator in our kitchen and I absolutely love it! They are so much better than the standard white ones and create a real feature on a blank wall. I love the coloured square ones you’ve featured. Great article #HomeEtc

  9. Potty Mouthed Mummy September 16, 2015 at 6:51 am Reply

    What a fab idea! I’m forever finding ways to conceal our drab radiators and never considered this. Wonderful inspiration xx

  10. You Baby Me Mummy (@YouBabyMeMummy) September 15, 2015 at 11:07 pm Reply

    Oh I love all of these, radiators are so ugly so these are awesome. Our landlord put in storage heaters into our house last year! They are sooooo ugly! Thanks for linking to #TheList x

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) September 16, 2015 at 6:44 am Reply

      I know right? I was immediately impressed with how many different styles there are and I’m already mentally changing all the ones at The Barn! x

  11. Honest mum September 14, 2015 at 6:27 pm Reply

    Darling I know this sounds a bit naughty (!) but this post is radiator porn. I am literally drooling over the stunning pieces from modern, vibrant radiators to ornate pieces. I adore how original your posts are, you are a creative pioneer when curating your pieces, so proud of you and this blog x

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) September 16, 2015 at 6:47 am Reply

      Oh *blush* thank you so much Vicki for your kind words! I’ve loved pulling this piece together – which was easy as all the radiators were SO lovely. I’m mentally changing all of ours now! Much love to you xx

  12. Louisa September 11, 2015 at 11:06 pm Reply

    Thanks for some great tips. I hope to install statement radiators in several of our rooms as we redecorate them. I think we may as well make a feature of them #thelist

  13. Mrs Tubs September 11, 2015 at 10:39 pm Reply

    Wow, those are amazing! Not appropriate for our house, but wonderful in the right place. Hope you’re well. #theist

  14. Lizzie Roles September 11, 2015 at 2:37 pm Reply

    This is a really beautiful post, I’ve never seen such a beautiful and contemporary mix before. I didn’t even know radiators like these existed! I love the square one’s in different colours! Stopping by from #thelist

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) September 13, 2015 at 7:01 am Reply

      Hi Lizzie! They’re fabulous aren’t they? I love the square one too – wouldn’t it look fab in a playroom?! x

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