Statement Heating – The Next Big Interiors Trend

Statement Heating – The Next Big Interiors Trend

February 18, 2019 0 By Nicola Litchfield

As a practical way to add character, colour and style to any room, designer radiators have become a must-have for home interior projects across the UK. Homeowners are no longer limited to traditional white panel radiators – they can now choose from virtually any colour, size, shape, style or finish they want. Whether it’s to make the most of limited wall space, to work around an unconventional room layout or to create an eye-catching feature, the market for designer radiators is booming.

With demand at an all-time high, manufacturers are responding with more product types than ever before – as well as new tools to help installers guide customers in their specifying decisions. Here, we take a look at some of the products and innovations leading the way in designer heating.


Premium Panels: A step above conventional radiators

Offering a higher-end look and feel than standard radiators, premium panels give consumers the very best of both  worlds – style and performance. David Relihan, Commercial Director at leading panel and designer radiator manufacturer Barlo explains:

“Our premium panels range is designed to bridge the gap between standard panels and designer models. Offering designer looks without the designer price tag, the range is popular amongst homeowners who want to make a heating statement on a budget.”

“From horizontal and vertical models right through to different colours and sizes, there are premium panels to suit rooms of all types. The Barlo Compla has a perfectly smooth, flat front, making it ideal for spaces with a clean, contemporary décor – with horizontal and vertical options. The Ligna is also flat fronted but features decorative grooves for a slightly more traditional aesthetic.”


Make a Statement with Designer Models

From eye-catching vertical options in bright hues for modern living rooms, to traditional multi-column options in muted tones for country kitchens, designer radiators are dominating the higher end of the heating market. David continues: “People want to bring their heating out from behind the sofa and make it into a real focal point. As a result, demand for our Barlo Design range – with its choice of flat-fronted, column or tube radiators in more than 180  RAL colours – has never been higher.

“As well as making a statement, people are choosing designer radiators in their droves as a way to work around limited space or an unconventional floor plan. This is where vertical models really come into their own – with a tall and slim design that’s ideal for rooms with smaller footprints or where a horizontal radiator would be hidden from view by furniture.”


The main designer heating watch-out for end-users and installers alike is matching style with performance. David says this means being aware of heat outputs when choosing, and not letting your home’s interior design requirements eclipse everything else: “Whilst stylish looks and flexibility are a growing priority, radiators still need to fulfil their primary function and provide effective, efficient heating. A case in point is Barlo’s Slieve radiator, which boasts exceptional energy efficiency and best-in-class heat output – with a vertical design that offers consumers the perfect space-saving solution.”


Bring Plans to Life: Designer heating and AR technology

Launched late last year, the Barlo Designer Radiator app is the next-generation way to specify feature heating. It gives consumers the opportunity to virtually ‘try before they buy’ – using advanced augmented reality (AR) technology to help them visualise how different designer radiators would appear, in situ, in their home. The app has been created specifically with installers in mind, presenting them with a brand-new sales tool to help add value when communicating with customers.

Richard Wheeler, Category Manager at Barlo Radiators, says:

“We developed the app to give installers and end users the ability to visualise what feature radiator styles would look like in a particular setting in any room of the house. By choosing Barlo, they can also be confident that they’re getting the very best heat outputs on the market.”

Through the app, users can browse Barlo’s designer radiator range and use their smartphone’s camera to see exactly how specific models would look on the wall in front of them. They can even try different sizes and colours in an instant, making the app the ideal sales tool for installers – whether they’re specifying for a direct designer replacement or offering an upgrade from a standard panel emitter.

The Barlo Designer Radiator app is available on the App Store and Google Play store. Users can request a starter pack through the app (providing access to a Barlo AR wall marker tool for enhanced sizing accuracy), by contacting Barlo Radiators on 01633 657 000, or by visiting



& The Big Cash Bash


As well as being bang on trend with a designer radiator, until the end of March there is another brilliant advantage to buying Barlo. As one of our supporting suppliers, a Barlo purchase means you get DOUBLE entries into our huge cash draw. That’s double the chances of you getting a share of our £65,000 pot!

Remember, you simply open an account, and spend £100 to be entered. Although, you could open an account, buy a Barlo Slieve designer radiator, and be entered 4 times! For more information on the Big Cash Bash have a read of our competition blog, or head to the competition page on the Plumbase website by clicking here.