Incorporating Traditional Radiators In Design Schemes

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2024

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When it comes to interior design, upgrading the staple details of a room such as doors, lighting and radiators can make a big impact. They are integral to every home but so often overlooked. Traditional radiators made from cast iron blend function with style, making them an excellent choice for those looking to liven up their interior spaces.

Traditional Radiators

A Brief History of Traditional Radiators

Cast iron radiators first appeared in the mid-19th century, revolutionising home heating. They were much safer and more efficient than open fires and quickly became a staple in homes and public buildings. However, with the advent of modern heating systems, these traditional radiators fell out of favour in the mid-20th century.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of cast iron radiators, driven by a renewed appreciation for their classic design and robust performance. Homeowners and designers alike are rediscovering the unique charm and practical benefits of these models, incorporating them into interior design schemes for their aesthetic as much as their heat output. 

How To Choose The Right Cast Iron Radiator? 


The heat output of a radiator is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). By inputting a room’s dimensions, Trads’ BTU calculator will help determine what size radiator is needed to adequately heat the space. Over or under-sizing can affect comfort and energy efficiency. Our traditional radiators are created by hand-assembling sections, giving greater control of BTU than ready-made models. The depth or number of columns in a radiator greatly affects heat output. If a tall radiator suits a space but the room is small, opt for a slimmer design to avoid overheating.


The placement of a radiator can impact its efficiency and the overall look of a room. Radiators are typically placed under windows to counteract cold drafts, however, they can also be positioned to highlight architectural features or create symmetry in a room. Ensure there is enough space around the radiator for proper heat circulation. 

Creating A Centrepiece 

A beautifully designed cast iron radiator can serve as a stunning focal point within a room. Choose an ornate model and place it in a prominent location where it can be admired. This works particularly well in entryways, living rooms or dining areas. Chunky models suit industrial style properties and the sleek lines of our contemporary range are ideal for modern interiors. The colour and finish of traditional radiators can also add to their prominence.  


Don’t shy away from colour. Brightly coloured radiators can add an unexpected element of interest to your interior. Vibrant reds, deep blues or lush green can transform a heating system into a piece of art. All of our traditional radiators are available in over 10,000 colours and finishes from popular brands like Farrow & Ball and Roberson Liquid Metal, and we offer a paint match service with any wet sample. Click here to request a colour swatch.  


Radiators can create symmetry in design for a harmonious look. Placing identical radiators on either side of a fireplace or at both ends of a large room can balance the space and enhance its visual appeal. When adding additional radiators into a space, be sure to accurately calculate BTU output and reduce the size of each model if necessary. 

Art Movement Inspirations

Cast Iron radiators may have originated during the Victorian era, but their design evolved with the ages. Art Deco radiators feature geometric designs and bold lines, perfect for modern interiors. Art Nouveau designs, with their flowing lines and nature-inspired motifs, can add a touch of organic elegance to a property.

View Trads’ Collection Of Traditional Radiators

Incorporating traditional cast iron radiators into interior design schemes can ignite warmth and style within a space. Trads offers a wide range of radiators to suit any design aesthetic. Visit our website or book a showroom tour to explore the full range. 

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