Designer radiators have come a long way in recent years to establish themselves as more than a simple utility, and are now being developed with enough personality to exhibit genuine self-expression in your personal tastes.
Few people ever think about integrating the visual appearance of something they typically associate with heating their home with the fundamental aspects of interior design.
However, a designer radiator can be both a focal point and even a talking point when it is used to maximum effect.
The variety of radiator designs now available is quite simply astonishing in comparison to the invariably bland offerings of yesteryear.
In some cases modern designer radiators can almost be compared to works of art, such is the visionary insight of the designers and the complexity of the finished product.
Although it is almost universally accepted that kitchen design absolutely must include the integration of utilities with the other aspects of the design, in other rooms of the house the incorporation of utilities with design concepts often falls short of the mark.
With a more comprehensive approach to the design of your entire home, radiators need not be the hidden sources of warmth, but rather an encompassing part of the overall look.
An eye-catching designer radiator can easily form the focal point of one wall, or a particular section of the room, giving visitors cause to offer admiring glances as they feel the warmth cross the room.
And without ever compromising substance for style, a designer radiator can provide the necessary heat to shun the cold winter temperatures, while giving the Joneses something to think about next time they visit for coffee! However not all designer radiators need to be flamboyant fashion pieces.
There is a wide choice of cleverly styled radiators now available that are specifically designed to fade into the background, providing ample warmth without blowing the proverbial 'hot air' about the way they look.
These radiators are not so much a statement piece as a practical design that lends itself perfectly to your colour scheme and takes a backseat in your vision for the design of your room.
With so many options on the market, it is remarkable that in the vast proportion of British households the poor old central heating system is never given the credit it deserves.
Instead it is left to expel its life-giving warmth through the most out-dated and ugly of radiators that do nothing for the contemporary interiors of our homes.
Perhaps now is the time the British householder must look beyond the bland and express themselves with a hot new look in their heating system.