Decorating Around Radiators or Floor and Wall Vents
I've always thought radiators were pretty neat...but then I'm an old house lover, big time. Though some of us have a fondness for old homes, decorating around a radiator can sometimes be a challenge. Actually, decorating around any heat source, even if it's just a vent in the wall or floor, can be a challenge. Worry not...I've have a few solutions I think you're going to love.
Heavy moldings, high ceilings...could it be an older home with a radiator? Or is the window seat hiding a floor or wall vent for central air? Maybe the designers who planned these beautiful rooms will weigh in and let us know. In the meantime, be it a radiator of a badly located central heat and air vent, you have options.
A fascinating fact: Back around 1918 an influenza pandemic hit, and many lives were lost. In 1919, the Board of Health advised folks to keep their windows cracked during the winter to let in fresh air because the flu was an airborne illness. Radiator companies responded by making radiators a lot bigger so they could heat homes while windows were open during the winter. When the depression hit in the '20s folks weren't so worried about the flu anymore and were more worried about saving money. Windows were closed, and radiators were suddenly too hot. Folks soon learned that by painting their radiators with a paint that contained metal flakes, they could cut the output of the radiator by 20 percent. That's why you'll see so many of the old radiators painted silver or bronze.