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Modernise your home with Victorian radiators

Modernise your home with Victorian radiators

Posted by Nicky Kingston in Inspiration | 4 years ago 3 min read

Whilst it may seem like a paradoxical statement, a traditional style can often help modernise your home. In this article, we show you how to bring a fresh new look to your interiors with a Victorian radiator.

We constantly look to the past for inspiration for today and that applies to everything from fashion to interior design. There are designs that are simply timeless and Victorian radiators certainly fall into that category. Whether you opt for classic traditional products or models with a contemporary twist, they bring style and elegance to any home. Below are a few tips on what to look out for when shopping around and how to make the most of a Victorian radiator.

Size and space

While Victorian-style radiators bring real character, you first need to ensure it will produce enough heat for the room. In order to do this you must calculate the BTU to see how much output is required by the radiator you want to purchase.

The Heating Co. Santa Fe stone grey vertical double column radiator 1500 x 380

For example, this wonderful Santa Fe stone grey vertical double column radiator creates an output of 3357 BTUs, which is suitable for mid-sized rooms. Generally, radiators with a high number of tall columns such as this will produce a good amount of heat and may be the only one required for the room. However, always double check the BTU requirement first to make sure.

Radiators like the Santa Fe are also a good option for rooms with narrow dimensions, balancing out the look, so the space feels less closed in and more expansive.

Style considerations

Many people choose Victorian radiators for their unique style and traditional design. They work perfectly as the centrepiece for the room and blend in seamlessly with classic décor styles such as wooden floors or rustic interiors.

White Victorian radiators look great in neutral surroundings and can always be updated and painted if the interior changes at a later date. If this is something you need to do in future, be sure to use a good quality emulsion paint before covering it with a clear radiator overcoat.

Victorian radiators also fit into more contemporary settings due to their minimalist design, making them a smart choice for almost any room in the home.

Smaller rooms

Heated towel rails are always a good option for smaller bathrooms and may also generate enough heat without the need for an additional radiator. While not strictly Victorian in design, they can still match the décor of your home as they are look just as traditional, in particular, the simple chrome designs preferred by many.

Corso white 2 column radiator

If a radiator is needed for a more compact space, products like the Corso white 2 column radiator (pictured above) look outstanding in smaller bathrooms, emitting up to 2245 BTUs. The durable steel features a high quality white powder coating that makes it perfect for complementing a range of interior designs.

Mix past and present

Victorian radiators are not all throwbacks to an older era, as manufacturers continue to make new and updated versions that blend together modern and classic designs. A good example of that would be the Santa Fe traditional radiator (pictured below) that looks traditional while also feeling ideal for contemporary and eclectic master bathrooms and ensuites.

Santa Fe traditional radiator

Polished chrome is timeless and gives you the flexibility to redesign the bathroom without having to rip everything out and start again from scratch. This product in particular has a heat output of 2365 BTUs which works well in the majority of bathroom spaces.

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At Victoria Plum, you’ll discover a wide range of Victorian radiators not just for your bathroom but for your whole home. If you’re searching for something more designer, we have a great selection of stylish, contemporary radiators from brands such as The Heating Co., Reina and Terma. Simply click on the image below to begin browsing.

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Author, Nicky Kingston

Posted by Nicky Kingston in Inspiration | 4 years ago

Nicky is our resident Stylist and loves bringing new and exciting bathroom trends to life. Nicky’s passion for design led to a 1st class degree in Surface Design & Textiles, before earning a reputation as a home stylist in London.

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