Home Tour: Cast Iron Radiators Fitted in Victorian Terrace Home
Suzie, our Cast Iron Radiators manager has recently completed renovating her Victorian terrace house. As part of the renovation process she replaced all the modern steel radiators with our own reclaimed radiators. Today she is telling us all about which styles she chose and how she incorporated each one into her design scheme.
Downstairs consists of three rooms, a large open plan kitchen with a dining space and two living rooms. The rooms flow into each other so we stuck to a neutral design scheme with the walls painted in Little Greene paint companies slaked lime, A pure and neutral white made with a combination of minerals to give a warm and soft appearance and wanted to make the radiators in each room features in contrasting colours.
We went for a traditional shaker style kitchen with cabinets colour matched to Little Greene paint companies’ slaked lime dark, oak worktops and fitted a bespoke York stone floor. I decided on two duchess radiators painted in Little Greene paint companies Serpentine. It’s one of my favourite colours for the radiators and compliments the tones in the stone floor so well. Satin nickel accessories finish the look and fit in with the other fixtures in the kitchen. The radiators are situated under the two windows in the dining space of the kitchen. Standing at 26.5” High and being quite narrow take up little room yet heat the room which is approximately 20m2 perfectly.
In the front living room there is a large bay window with a low windowsill. For this reason I went for a low warehouse radiator in a hand burnished finish. These cast iron radiators are a rarer model but there are many short and chunky styles available. The finish on the radiator gives it an industrial look and it makes a real feature under the window.
On the opposite wall in the corner I went for a tall princess style painted in foundry grey. The larger sections on this radiator ensure a high heat output so it keeps the room really warm. Both radiators in this room are fitted with chrome accessories which create a lovely contrast against the reclaimed pine flooring.
In between the kitchen and front living room we have another living area, where the reclaimed pine flooring runs throughout and there is a chimney breast opening with a wood burning stove in a soft grey colour. On opposite walls I opted for two tall duchess radiators finished in Farrow & Balls ‘Moles breath’ which is a similar grey to the stove.
The hallway and landing are painted in Little Greene paint companies French grey which is a lovely chalky soft grey that works beautifully against the original coving and other features that are painted in white. In the hallway I used a rare model of the duchess with scrolls along the top and kept things simple upstairs with a tall duchess. Both are finished in Pewter sparkle which is a textured paint that has a slight sparkle when the light catches. It is a darker grey so makes the radiator stand out against the light grey on the walls. Both of these spaces are quite narrow so the duchess radiators work well for sizing.
To maximise wall space in the master bedroom for furniture, I decided to situate the radiators under the two windows. I chose the wide school style which is a simple looking design and has a really high heat output. They are finished in a creamy white paint colour called Buttermilk. The bedroom is painted In Farrow & Balls ‘slipper satin’ which is a cream with pink and grey undertones.. I used satin nickel valves and sleeve kits to compliment the electrical fixings in the room.
I love dark rooms and as most of the house is quite simple and light I decided to paint the spare bedroom in Farrow and Balls Stiffkey Blue with a copper bed frame and copper geometric lighting. I kept the radiator simple in Farrow and Balls ‘Wevet’ which is very white and is a great contrast against the dark blue hue of the wall. Antique copper Valves where used to compliment the rest of the design scheme.
In the bathroom I have a towel radiator situated next to the shower but it doesn’t quite heat the entire room which is quite large, so I chose a small but elegant duchess radiator. The bathroom is very simplistic with the walls painted in Farrow & Balls Cornforth white. I chose a metallic grey paint with a slight sparkle in it called Foundry Grey. I opted for chrome valves to match the rest of the bathroom suite.