Heating & Cooling: Stylish? You Bet!

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As much as we want to express our style in our homes, there are some things we have to work around. Heating and cooling systems, and the functional elements that go along with it is certainly one area we have to seek to integrate into the way our spaces look. After all, comfort is about all five senses

But, how do you approach integrating things like electric heaters, vents, and other heating and cooling elements into the aesthetics of your room? Heating and cooling expert James Bentham is here to provide a couple of pointers, not just on how to integrate a practical element of your home into your design plans, but how those elements can actually become useful accent pieces.


One element of home decor that is rarely discussed in interior design magazines is the heating and cooling system in use in the home. This vital part of the home’s infrastructure is generally overlooked since the primary element is usually located in a basement or even outside the main building. However, the component parts of the heating and cooling system can often serve as accents to the existing decor or as focal points for living areas, making them a useful element of the interior decorator’s toolkit.

Vent covers and air diffusers

While most homeowners with a central air conditioning system choose standard wall and floor vent covers by default, designer vent covers and air diffusers can add a splash of vibrant colour to complement the overall room design. Homeowners can choose from a wide range of colors and styles including painted metal, natural wood and elegant nickel, brass or bronze metallic finishes.

These versatile vent covers and diffusers can also be purchased in a variety of designer shapes and configurations to suit almost any home decor, from classic art deco to contemporary cutting-edge designs. As part of an overall decorating scheme, these small items can make a big impact on the appearance of any room and should not be overlooked when planning the decor for a new home or redesigning the interior of the existing home.

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Electric radiators

These unsung heroes of the interior design world can easily blend into the background in neutral hues, but slim line electric radiators can also serve as beautiful and elegant accents to the decor inside the home. Depending on the model chosen, air circulation patterns within the home usually require that these reliable workhorses have plenty of clear space around them in order to ensure proper heating.

As a result, most slim line electric radiators are designed to fit directly into or against a wall and are available in a wide range of styles to complement almost any decor. Bright white radiators are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, but chrome finished or mirrored radiators can work well with more modern home designs. In most cases, wiring for the electric radiator is concealed behind the unit or inside the wall, saving interior space and ensuring the safety of residents and guests inside the home. By integrating the electric radiator unit into the home’s overall interior design, homeowners can get the most out of these systems both in functionality and in sleek good looks.

Practicality and style

For too long, heating and cooling solutions have been overlooked or concealed as elements of home decor. Today, homeowners have literally hundreds of beautiful choices in vent covers, air diffusers and electric radiator choices that can serve to complement the interior design while performing a valuable function in maintaining a comfortable temperature inside the home. Thus, these systems constitute a near-perfect combination of style and substance and can help to make any home a unique and functional, liveable work of art.


Thanks, James!



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