The UK's top heating specialists, UK Radiators, might be experts at keeping the home cosy and warm, but they are also on hand to tell us all what trends will be hot in 2024.
Rob Nezard, Managing Director of UK Radiators, shares his insights on the heating trends set to dominate in 2024.
LAID BACK LUXE
Grey tones can impart a sense of sophistication and luxury and are ideal for pairing with more rugged interior choices, such as the industrialism movement. Grey, with its neutral and versatile nature, serves as an ideal backdrop to showcase the raw elements in industrial design.
Rob says: “A muted palette not only complements raw textures such as exposed brick and metal, but it can bring a touch of calm and ensure the space is inviting.”
Alpha - Anthracite Column Radiator
Steel offers the lowest price tag compared to other materials, but it also offers the most diversity in terms of colour and style.
Steel is malleable which allows radiators to be efficient because they can be physically designed to better pass heat from the water inside to the space around them (this is a radiator's job after all, despite some thinking that its job is to “store” heat).
The heat output is also good, the proof is in the pudding with this one - would steel be the most common radiator material if the heat output was rubbish? Steel is a highly durable material which is important as radiators are going to be the victims of some knocks and bangs over time and you want them to withstand that.
Brooding, dark shades are set to take centre stage in 2024.
Rob says: "A black or anthracite radiator will add depth and drama. Mount it to a grey wall or contrast it with white for a more contemporary look."
Elyan - Black Electric Towel Rail
The Elyan elliptical tube style is one of equally spread oval shaped tubes connected to round vertical tubes (these are called collectors) on one side of the towel radiator. It is completely reversible, meaning you can have the collector tubes (the vertical ones) on the left or right hand side. This open-ended design makes guiding towels on and off super easy.
The powder painting gives the metal a perfectly even finish. It's easy to maintain and clean and delivers a good level of heat distribution. Like the flat tube style, this design means that the towel rail has a greater surface area than a ladder towel rail of the same size and therefore more heat output to keep those towels toasty in style.
CHOOSE RAW MATERIALS
Biophilia, where natural materials are embraced, has been a key trend for a number of years, but Rob believes we'll start to see more raw materials incorporated in the home in 2024 - including metallic elements. Think faded metal, unvarnished hardwood and exposed pipework.
Rob says: "A raw metal column radiator complements this aesthetic perfectly, bringing a mechanical, vintage look and a whole lot of heat."
Alpha Raw Metal Column Radiator
The heat output is also good, the proof is in the pudding with this one - would steel be the most common radiator material if the heat output was rubbish?
Steel is a highly durable material which is important as radiators are going to be the victims of some knocks and bangs over time and you want them to withstand that.
“The homes and interiors sector has seen a steady move towards embracing bold design choices and this is now extending to long-term fixtures and fittings including radiators.
Standard white radiators are slowly disappearing as more homeowners banish the bland and inject statement pieces. Radiators that stand up in form and function will reign."
- Rob Nezard, Managing Director of UK Radiators