Clerkenwell Flat 2Contemporary Kitchen, London
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As well as the style of your radiators, have a think about where they will be positioned in the room. A common spot is under a window, but there’s plenty of debate about whether or not that’s a good idea. On one hand, some heat will be lost through the window as warm air rises from the radiator, but on the other hand, the cold air created by the glass causes a chilly downdraught, which is counteracted by a radiator below it. You may have no choice but to install a radiator under a window, as this area is often redundant and leaves the rest of your wall space available for furniture.Here, a zingy yellow radiator complements this bright kitchen, but is neatly positioned under the breakfast bar – another otherwise redundant space.
79 Use Colour Wisely Part ll: Decorate with tones of one colourKeeping to one hue in your small kitchen will help maintain an aesthetic that oozes control and calm. Here, different shades of blue on the units create a soothing gradient effect, while a white backdrop – and minimal accessorising – keeps the room from looking colour-cluttered and potentially smaller as a result. The spike of neon yellow is so small it doesn’t impinge on the space.
Transform a radiatorIt’s a simple update, but painting radiators will give a room an instant lift. You might decide to disguise your central heating system by painting radiators in the same colour as your walls, or overhaul them with a pastel or bold paint to make them a design feature in their own right. Just make sure the paint is suitable for use on radiators.TELL US…Do you have any quick and easy decorating ideas? Share them in the Comments below.
Perfect fitThe quality of the fit is the most important element of any kitchen project. It’s crucial the fitter is confident in what they’re doing. ‘Your retailer will be able to recommend someone if they don’t have their own fitters on board,’ advises Tough. ‘Always seek recommendations and always ask to see examples of their previous work.’Davonport adds, ‘Don’t just choose the first installer that comes along because they’re cheap, as you may end up having to hire a new installer or pay out more money for new kitchen units, simply because they’ve not been professionally fitted to a high standard.’