Clarendon RoadContemporary Dining Room, London
In the kitchen the wall is utilised to store bottles of wine in a vintage wine rack. A new glass extension to the rear lets in light. The wall has been left in its raw brick state and has been painted with a magnetic paint.
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Get heatedThe thing to remember with radiators is that your period house wouldn’t have had them originally anyway. You’re not actually reinstating anything, you’re simply looking to introduce a solution that’s either unobtrusive or aesthetically pleasing. If your budget is tight, then good-quality panel radiators are efficient and can be paired with more traditional cross-head valves. Paint them the same colour as your walls so they blend in – you’re not trying to make a statement with this design. In a modern extension attached to a period property, very contemporary radiators look fantastic, as there’s no need to ape the original style of the house. Column radiators are a beautiful addition to a room, and are available at a number of price points. You can install a mixture of column widths – from two to four – depending on the heat output required.
Camouflage itIf a radiator cover just doesn’t appeal, or if you don’t have space for one, you could consider painting your radiator instead, in order to blend it in with your wall colour. This works especially well if your wall shade is very dark, like the brick wall in this dining room. Use a specialist radiator paint, or ask an expert to do the job for you.What do you think of these radiator ideas? Add your suggestions to the Comments below.
Join the dark sideIf white is too dazzling for you, go dark. In this dining area, the black wall adds depth and a cosy feel. Painting bricks a darker hue also hides a multitude of sins if the brickwork is grimy or a patchwork of different shades.
Brave blackEmily’s gala dress? All black. Andy at the end of the movie in Paris? Sporting an inspired black outfit. It’s a fashion classic and yet many of us are often hesitant to go all out black in our homes. In the right space, however, it can look so good. In a bright space, a black scheme is eye-catching, bold and downright daring, while in small spaces, a dark but soft hue (think Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe) is all kinds of cosy and comfort. And if you’re really looking to make a space stand out, get creative with a bit of brickwork and paint it black rather than whitewashing it – très chic.See more ideas for grey rooms