How to Safely (and Stylishly) Disguise Your Unsightly Radiator

Keeping warm in the winter isn't always cute, but we're here to help.

Photo © Gaelle Le Boulicaut/Lonny
Photo © Gaelle Le Boulicaut/Lonny

Marble fireplaces, wide-plank wood floors, ornate crown molding—the number one perk of living in an older apartment or antique townhouse has to be the charming architectural details that come standard. But if you have one, you know they also come with a less desirable feature: the not-so-cute radiator. Sure, they may keep you warm, but we can agree that they aren't always the prettiest things to look at. So in the spirit of making your home as darling as possible this fall, we've rounded up four fixes—from insanely simple to permanently perfected—to transform that dated, functional fixture into a design-focused accent. Read on to see just how stylish your radiator can be. 

Photo © Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny
Photo © Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny

cover IT with a table

Let's start with the easiest: cover the pesky heater with an industrial table, top it with a lamp, plant, and other tchotchkes, et voilà! You have yourself a console table that conceals an eyesore while serving as a functional piece of furniture. #designdoublewhammy

Photo © Genevieve Garruppo/ Lonny 
Photo © Genevieve Garruppo/ Lonny 

CAMOUFLAGE it WITH FURNITURE

This clunky white radiator in a 125-year-old home is strategically surrounded by other white-washed pieces—a bedside table, an upholstered headboard, a tall wardrobe—allowing the eye to pass right over its metal coils and be mistaken for another piece of pale furniture.

Photo © Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny
Photo © Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny

HIDE it WITH ART

We're all about art in unexpected places, especially when the strategy is utilized to blur the lines between form and function. Here, interior designer Juan Carretero installed a homemade #shelfie over the hefty heater in his living room to create a built-in easel that displays large pieces of framed art and other decorative accents. If you're trying this in your own home, just be sure a little dry heat won't damage the items you place there.

Photo © Gaelle Le Boulicaut/Lonny
Photo © Gaelle Le Boulicaut/Lonny

paint it over

If you're not familiar with Manish Arora's fantastical Parisian apartment, it's time to get acquainted. Hot pink, bright orange, and electric blue are just some of the hues the fashion designer fearlessly put to use in his flat. When faced with the reality of domineering radiators, he painted right over them to blend in with the rest of the walls. Now the heater reads like a 3D art installation.

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