11 Stylish Ways to Enhance—or Hide—Your Radiators

With much of the nation experiencing the bitterest temperatures on record, many of us are appreciating our radiators like never before. Why not show that love by considering one of these decorative finishes or encasements for our trusted cold-weather friends?

  1. Painted Beauties

    Painting Radiators

    Make your radiator part of the room's decor by painting it a coordinated color. "Spice it up with a gradated ombre pattern," suggests stylist Janet Lee, of LivinginaNutshell.com, "or highlight it with a hot color that contrasts with your wall."

    Aimee Herring/Living in a Nutshell

  2. Always in Style

    Yellow Kitchen

    A built-in radiator cover fronted with grates fits seamlessly into traditional interiors and offers a prominent resting spot for houseplants or other displays.


  3. A Grand Entrance

    Foyer Decor

    The functionality of a foyer radiator does not have to dash your dreams of an elegant entryway. A built-in bench like this one offers a stylish perch to slip on shoes and prepare for the day ahead.

    Related: Make an Entrance: 10 Inspirational Foyer Ideas


  4. A Modern Twist

    Modern Nursery

    Radiator covers can be made to match any decorating scheme from classic to contemporary, as the clean-lined, honey-tone wood design in this urban kids' room attests.

    Related: 12 New Designs to Change Your Mind About Radiators


  5. Kitchen Camouflage

    White Kitchen

    White slats and a butcher-block top help a radiator below the window in this airy kitchen blend into its surroundings.

    Related: I'm Dreaming of a White... Kitchen: 10 Bright Beauties to Behold


  6. A Simple Solution

    White Bedroom Vanity

    Positioning a delicately detailed table directly above a radiator creates a charming vanity area with ample natural light.

    Related: 5 DIY Ways to Organize Your Bedroom


  7. Bookcase Basics

    Built In Bookcase

    The overall plan for a wall of bookshelves cleverly incorporated two covered radiators—a smart solution for this well-appointed living room.

    Related:  Build Up Your Home Library: 10 Inspiring Reads with a DIY Point of View


  8. Simplicity Itself

    White Bathroom

    A small marble slab secured to the wall above a bathroom radiator becomes an ideal spot to rest a scented candle, a bottle of bubble bath, or even a warmed towel.

    Related:  17 Tiny Bathrooms We Love


  9. Best Seat in the House

    Reading Nook

    To create a cozy reading nook, enclose a low radiator in front of a window with a banquette and top it off with an upholstered cushion.


  10. Mix and Match

    Family Room

    Grates for radiator covers come in myriad patterns, so choose one that underscores the overall look of a room, as the radiator grilles in this whimsical living room do.

    Related: What's the Best Color for Living Rooms? The Experts Weigh In


  11. A Unified Look

    Home Office

    In this sunny home office, white-washed radiators were topped with the same warm wood surface as the desk area, drawers, and file cabinets around the room.

    Related: Create a Home Office That Works for You: 10 Expert Tips


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