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Design Dilemma: Decorating Around Radiators

Many homes, especially older ones like mine, have unattractive radiators in each room. Although they are much needed for many months of the year, radiators can be an eyesore year round!

Here are some ideas for making your radiator less conspicuous.

Paint It:

Paint is probably the easiest and least expensive fix.  In the room below, the radiator is painted in a dark shade resembling the wall color, which helps to hide it.

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Remodelista

You could instead paint the radiator in a way to make it stand out as a feature, as done in the girl’s bedroom below.

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Lush Home

Shelf or Table It:

The entry table below camouflages the radiator underneath.

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The Design Chaser

This demilune table hides the radiator below it:

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Better Homes and Gardens

By installing a shelf above the radiator, this homeowner created a bar:

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Domino

The homeowner disguised their radiator below with a desk, turning the space into a little study area:

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Lonny

Install a Cover:

In the photos below, the radiator covers serve as both a table and display area.

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Better Homes and Gardens
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House Beautiful (header image)

The radiator in our master bedroom:

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Below, the radiator is cleverly hidden in the bottom cabinet of a built-in bookcase.

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Domino

The radiator below is disguised behind a simple curtain cover.

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Domino

Turn it into a Window Seat:

In our apartment, the radiators have covers that I painted the same white as the moldings, and we use them as window seats. Our dining room radiator is below:

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Here are some other examples of radiator window seats:

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Freshideen
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Massucco Warner Miller
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Shelterness

Below is our family room. The window seat on the far left is actually hiding a radiator. It provides extra seating for guests.

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The next below is a corner of our formal living room, which has a radiator running along a whole wall under the windows. Adopting the same approach as used in the family room, we disguised this radiator as a window bench. You can see a little of the bench/radiator on the far right of the picture.

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I hope this post provided some ideas and inspiration for those of you in a home with radiators. See you tomorrow for another post!

 

9 thoughts on “Design Dilemma: Decorating Around Radiators

  1. When I click on the comment button, it’s says the page can’t be found. I love the covers over the radiators. So pretty!

    On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 3:36 AM, Blue and White Home wrote:

    > blueandwhitehome posted: “Many homes, especially older ones like mine, > have unattractive radiators in each room. Although they are much needed for > many months of the year, radiators can be an eyesore year round! Here are > some ideas for making your radiator less conspicuous. Pain” >

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    1. Thanks so much for letting me know about the comment button. I’ve been having some tech related troubles the last couple of days and hope to take care of them soon! I appreciate you visiting!

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  2. I love the clever camouflage techniques that were used. I prefer the “hidden radiator”. Thanks for another great blog post, Elizabeth!

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