Welcome to the Only Radiators blog, where this week we check out black radiators.
Vitalise your Décor and Home Heating with a Black Radiator
Let’s be frank – it’s no longer the Victorian era. Times have changed, and so has home heating.
Radiators no longer need be cast iron white-painted monstrosities with all of the charm of a ship’s anchor. Radiators are modern, cutting-edge, environmentally considerate, flexible in material, colour and function.
In this age of experimental interior design, black radiators are one of our most popular options and it’s clear why. They open a range of modern aesthetics, as do their equally classy cousin – the anthracite radiator – and our expansive online store stocks a great bunch of both. It’s no easy pick but here’s a selection of our top 8 favourite black radiators and how they can instantly modernise your home.
The Science Behind Black Radiators
Before we crack on, here’s a little science to see if the appeal of black radiators transcends the aesthetic. We’re not sure how much you remember from secondary school science – but here’s a reminder of thermal radiation theory.
What is Black Body Radiation?
We’re often told it – but why are black radiators better?
All radiators, regardless of colour or function, perform radiative heating.
Convective heating occurs as the radiator heats the air next to the radiator, when it also absorbs said heat to some degree.
What’s surprising is that, in the balance of inward and outward heat, the convection is actually far more significant than you would consider.
Black body radiation tells us that the darker a colour, the better it is at both emitting and absorbing thermal radiation. Matt colours also perform better than a shiny finish.
The same theory tells us that a thin, flat object will radiate heat energy faster than a thicker object. Which is good, as massive home heating technology advances mean black designer radiators are often as slimline as they are stylish.
For this reason, black radiator paint is also quite popular. But remember the thicker your paint, the more you insulate your radiator. So put away your paintbrush and dip into our 8 Black Radiators That Will Instantly Modernise Your Home.
This tall, elegant black vertical radiator is first on our list and for good reason. Hudson know just what they’re doing when it comes to crafting timeless classics, and the Reed is striking as the plants with which it shares a name.
Just 354mm wide and available in 1500 and 1800mm heights, the gloss black presence of the Reed makes it the perfect accompaniment to any bright space. When it comes to black column radiators, this is one of the best.
The Hudson Reed comes with a 20 year manufacturer guarantee as all Hudson rads do. And from just £222.95, it’s an absolute bargain.
The first of our Reina offerings is this lovely black horizontal radiator. Well, anthracite – consider it midnight grey, a carbon-esque finish perfect for any sci-fi fans and lovers of slick interiors alike.
If you are a regular reader here, you’ll know we absolutely love the work Reina do. Still privately owned and doing their own thing to spice up the home heating game, their independent drive is infectious and emblematised wonderfully here.
Minimal, slick, understated (and flat if you recall our earlier Black Body Radiation science class) – Reina nail it with this anthracite designer radiator, available from £228.95 in either single or double panel options.
Back to vertical with this Brenton beauty, another space-age anthracite finish. This matt finish is a fantastic emitter of heat. Simple and single in its available size, this 1600mm tall beast is only 240mm wide and incredibly versatile.
Brenton go back to basics with the Oval Double Panel but that is no bad thing when you consider the wealth of experience behind this leading brand with their flair for combining traditional styling and modern technology.
Warm your hallway or frame your lounge with a pair – the darkness of the radiator perfectly offsets light interiors and enhances dark spaces. And at £119.99 with a 5 year manufacturer guarantee, it’s one of our best value radiators!
From the bottom of this range’s budget to the very top, we bring you one of the best units we stock. Behold the Azimuth, every bit as impressive as its name. This vertical steel black radiator is a formidable unit.
The varying thickness of this tall black radiator’s columns create a memorable visual experience that makes the Azimuth every bit a valid centrepiece of the home as you boost the interior of any room from your kitchen or bedroom to living room.
When you invest in a DQ radiator, you also invest in over 20 years of family-owned experience and renowned customer service. Available for £1,275.95.
Scaling back down to one of our small black radiators, we have our next Reina offering. We won’t bend your ear musing about Reina’s masterful contributions to the home heating market any further. This 550 x 413mm unit is fantastic to add contrast to any quiet reading nook or smaller room in your home.
Available in both single and double panel options, and with a dual fuel option, the Neva is a firm favourite among customers. At £98.95, it’s a wonderfully affordable way to develop a home-wide theme with tasteful placements throughout your property.
And now for something totally different. Phoenix’s Sienna is a black floor standing radiator – the extended legs link the radiator seamlessly to your flooring, enabling you to create stronger aesthetic lines with ease.
Inspect the Sienna from the top and see the mastery of this black radiator design, with simple shapes repeated for a strong design.
All in all, the Sienna is one of the finest horizontal black designer radiators your central heating can power. Available in four widths with a 5 year manufacturer guarantee from just £217.00.
Admire yourself as well your new black designer radiator with this Reed Revive by Hudson. Here we have three efficient heating columns lining both sides of a towering anti-fog mirror.
A great addition for your bedroom décor. Add a fold-out seat to create the perfect setting for preening yourself in the colder months. And even in the chances that the summer is hot enough to not need it, it will tie off any interior with its tasteful style.
Available in single and double panel options from just £302.95.
We finish off with something special, one of our staff favourites and one of Reina’s more experimental black radiators. Admire the zig-zag block aesthetic of the Fiore, certainly valid of its name as a blooming flower of the industrial variety.
If searching for a truly distinct black designer radiator, you may well end your search with the Fiore. As usual, you can also count on Reina for their incredible value, with this unit available at just £377.95.
Black Radiator Accessories
We focused on black designer radiators here but why not consider some black radiator valves to customise your existing interiors with some classy, contrasting touches, or browse our extensive range of anthracite and black towel radiators to bring some stylish heating to your bathroom?
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