I’m currently working with a lovely client on her gorgeous prewar apartment. A few radiators are awkwardly scattered throughout the space, completely negating the beautiful lines of symmetry found in the original architecture. They’ve presented a little design challenge (which of course, I love!), so I’ve been researching a few ways to go about redirecting attention away from the heat exchangers, while still abiding by necessary safety precautions (those babies get hot!). Here’s what I’ve found, and liked:
A cabinet manufacturer can fabricate custom built-in’s based on the individual space, your specifications and storage needs. The design should be complementary to the existing moldings and architectural details found in the room for a seamless look.
Furniture Placement:A less permanent and more cost-effective option (more ideal for yearly renters) is to place a console or shelf above the radiator, treating the radiator as an actual piece of furniture.
Radiator Cover:The most traditional way to redirect attention is with a radiator cover. They are available in a variety of styles and price points – from custom fabricated options (also available through many cabinet manufactures), to off-the-shelf models found online or at your local hardware store, to homemade versions for the adventurous DIYer.
No matter which method of disguise implemented, keep in mind you are trying to avert attention from the radiator. Style with pretty accessories that are appropriate for the location (no bars in the bathroom, please!), hang art and/or mirrors on the wall to assert intention on placement, and incorporate the design in a way it works best for your every day.