Reflecting on radiators
Right so it’s 2018, the start of a fresh new year and we all feel the need for some change. Something that makes us feel good. Something that brings a little more light in to our lives during the Winter months and amongst the political darkness right now. Alright so Eskimo can only really make your interior lives better but it’s a start? Beautiful radiators that ensure warmth and light, can at the very least, get you some satisfaction. We have some stunning reflective finishes, whether you want a radiator that is also a mirror, the warmth of polished brass accents in your room, or the chrome styling cues of a 1950’s aircraft.
There are all sorts of tricks you can use to make your home feel brighter, but using reflective surfaces is one of the easiest ways as you know. Eskimo’s Outline SUPERMIRROR radiator range offers you the space saving and light giving option of a radiator which is also a mirror. And with our Hinge & bracket option, you can hide all the valves and ‘gubbins’ so that this piece really does work as a mirror*.
Most people are fascinated by mirrors and reflections. This is not a new phenomenon: in ancient Rome, Seneca mocked the amount of money that the Romans were willing to pay for a mirror. Given that mirrors are ubiquitous objects nowadays, used in both large and small spaces to open up and bounce light, it makes sense to combine two essential every day objects. And the perception of space helps give the illusion of more more more. You know the saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? While that’s pretty solid advice for acing an interview, don’t stop there. The sentiment can just as easily be applied to decorating the rooms in your home. Smart interior designers have used a concept called Perception of Space for decades, to make home’s appear more spacious and to make sure that rooms are as user-friendly as possible. Essentially, it just means using visual tricks to alter how you view the space around you. If you want a room in your home to appear larger, choose furniture that is scaled to size and slimmer, place a large mirror or, hey, a SUPERMIRROR radiator on the back wall, and create depth with wall hangings. The psychological effect of interior design on your subconscious is one that Eskimo is always mindful of. Believe it or not, the choices that you make when deciding how your home will look have a documented effect on your emotions and perceptions. The colour of the walls in your kitchen might be contributing to your anxiety and your brand of couch could lead others to assume that you’re standoffish. Now I know we can all be in danger of going a little OTT on this front, sure. But the sensible stuff like the importance of light being uplifting and positive. The human need for a sense of space and how colours have a definite effect on or moods and emotions, are worth taking notice of.
Reflective radiators are not only fun, practical, beautiful, they offer a touch of luxury too. Are you shaking your head in disbelief that Brass has been making a comeback? You shouldn’t be. No matter what decade you hail from, brass has always had a presence let’s face it. We all know that if you wait long enough, everything comes back in style and the teenage 80’s nostalgic residence within Eskimo design team agreed with a lot of you out there in creating our Outline BRASSY radiator. However, this is not the brass of the 1980s, nor is it your grandmother’s brass. It’s a transformational, warm, reflective real metal and you control its style. Remember great grandma polishing her brass ornaments around that fireplace? It’s very therapeutic. Well, if you like BRASSY highly polished, book yourself in for a good ole buff from time to time. Otherwise love the natural evolution of this stunning metal.
Brass is much more understated and luxurious than it used to be. Instead of appearing common, it is an element of the overall design of a room that shows just a hint of luxury. Just like jewellery trends swinging from silver to gold, the decor aesthetic has recently transitioned from stainless steel and nickel to brass. Decorating trends are going more reflective and shiny, with Lucite and brass coming to the forefront. The thing about brass is that, when it’s done in a tasteful manner, it never really goes out of style.
Chrome in the home has joyfully moved out of the bathroom and into slickly modernist lamps and other furniture pieces. RON and Leggy RON radiators in polished aluminium enable you to carry those accents to your heating product design, creating rather a splendid reflective feature that exudes quality. Using metal is hardly new. Medieval nobility used wrought iron in their homes long before we thought of it. More recently in the 20th century, trends shifted through the decades. In the Twenties, chrome was the thing for fixtures, accentuated by plenty of polished mirrors. The Sixties and Seventies saw Brutalist metalwork become popular, again with chrome featuring in a big way too. In the Eighties, gold and brass were de rigueur in smart interiors, before gold taps in the bathroom started to look less chic and more super-rich ostentatious. Our modular, elliptical RON radiator range crosses the boundary between contemporary and classic. Its styling cues include 1950s aircraft technology and the traditional schoolhouse radiator. As a result, it will happily sit with any interior scheme, from ultra-modern to period. RON in polished offers you the opportunity to add powerful, chrome accents to a room.
We’ve looked back. We’ve looked forward. One thing is for sure, reflective radiator finishes are here to stay. So consider them when designing your next interior scheme. They are practically perfect for solving your heating and aesthetic issues and being the ‘World’s best radiators & towel warmers’ you’ll reflect on your choice as shiny happy people.