Waking up to a warm bathroom on a chilly morning is one of life's little luxuries. But having a standard radiator sat unloved in the corner is no longer an option as the latest designs come in all sorts of innovative shapes and sizes.
By Hayley Gilbert
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Today's bathroom heating designs offer something for every taste, from chunky industrial pipes for modern lofts to undulating wave formations for contemporary homes, and with multifunctional pieces that double as towel warmers, mirrors or shelving units, you'll also be getting more for your money while saving space in this smallest of rooms. You can even buy reconditioned radiators for an authentic look in a period home.
Manufacturers are constantly launching a variety of shapes and sizes such as wall-mounted heated shelving cubes and angular boxed designs. The latest trends also include curved profiles, connecting rails, coiled springs and ladder styles. A new radiator can in fact become a work of art for your bathroom wall. If you are also considering installing underfloor heating, it's still worth having a radiator on the wall to dry towels and keep robes warm.
Stainless steel is one of the most popular materials, with brushed and satin finishes softening the industrial effect. Glass is gradually taking off with heated glass panels that look stunning on decorative tiles. Composite stone and resin offer a more versatile solution as they can be produced in virtually any shape and colour.
If you love the old school cast iron column radiator, there are plenty of products out there from the likes of MHS Radiators and The 21st Century Radiator Company. However, for something with a slice of history check out your nearest architectural salvage yard for some hidden gems.
Some radiators will be heated by the central heating system while others will be operated electrically. Think about the costs involved before you purchase, and ask your supplier for advice. The benefit of an electric model is that it will heat up quickly as soon as you plug it in while a central heating version will take longer. Dual fuel models run on electricity when the central heating is turned off and are ideal for chilly summer evenings when you don't need to heat the whole house.
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