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    Decorative heating and lighting

    Away from soft furnishings, there has been a revolution in domestic radiator design. Although essential for warmth the radiator has always been one fixture that has provided little creative scope other than applying a fresh coat of paint.

    ...domestic radiators are now being designed to decorative in addition to their primary purpose of heating the room
    Grid style radiator

    Image supplied by Bisque Radiators

    The simple lines and organic shapes of nature can also be found in contemporary table lamp design
    Table lamp

    Image supplied by Leigh Harmer

    Following a trend popular throughout Europe, domestic radiators are now being designed to be decorative in addition to their primary purpose of heating the room. The innovative designs utilise a range of shapes and eye-catching finishes, transforming what was once an essential but dull fixture into an attractive, architectural feature that serves only to enhance the room’s appeal.

    Designs include the tall “waved” panel that lends softness to the radiator’s appearance; panels in a trellis-effect; robust tubular designs; and for those with a taste for the avant-garde, radiators in ornate baroque designs are also available. The finishes applied to this new style of radiator are equally diverse ranging from mirror smooth, copper-etched, feather-ground aluminium and brilliant colour.     

    Designer radiators work with all central heating systems and have BSP (British Standard Pipe) connections and will accept manual and thermostatic valves. Furthermore, many of the new designs can be made to measure ensuring the most practical use of space.

    The simple lines and organic shapes of nature can also be found in contemporary table lamp design. Table lamps incorporating natural stone or wood as part of their base with shades in materials such as copper and wooden veneer, not only provide light, they bring interesting textures to the room.

    Another trend in lighting to look out for next year is a variation of the angle-poise desk lamp. Designers have taken this common item of office furniture, greatly increased it in size, fitted a large shade and dimmer switch, and produced a versatile, freestanding floor lamp capable of illuminating the room at different levels and angles.

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    Laminated radiator

    Image supplied by Acova