Bathrooms are often smaller than other rooms in the house, which makes clever design not only important but also a challenge. The radiator needs to provide warmth to the room, but it also needs to look beautiful.

Output

Any radiator’s primary role is to provide enough heat to warm up the room. So, the first thing you need to understand is how big the space is you’re trying to heat, and then to calculate the heat output required. Given that bathrooms are often wet, and that you want to be warm when you step out of the bath or shower, the general consensus is that the bathroom temperature should be slightly higher than the rest of the house, at about 24 °C. Insulation will help maintain the temperature and therefore make the radiator more efficient.

Aluminium

The modern option is aluminium and in many ways it is a better metal for use in bathrooms than iron or steel that has been used historically. It is resistant to rust, which is clearly a positive for use in a moist bathroom, and it is also lighter, so mounting it on a wall is a real possibility rather than having to take up valuable floor space. Aluminium will also conduct heat better, which means it heats faster and consequently requires less energy.

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Towel radiators

Towel radiators are much more efficient today too, and as well as being able to dry wet towels, they can also heat a bathroom as well. If you would prefer, and for an added dash of luxury, combine a wall-mounted towel radiator with underfloor heating.

For more ideas on how to choose the perfect bathroom radiator, see the suggestions from Houzz.

Once you have worked out how to heat your bathroom, you can move on to planning the rest of the room and whether plumbing work is required. Beyond that, the fun really starts with the aesthetics and choosing the décor. Pick a colour scheme that works for you and your family. Blues and greens can be very relaxing, and are often used in bathrooms, though many prefer white and accent colours as white is associated with cleanliness, which is important in a bathroom.