Heat of the Moment


Now that winter’s creeping up, my thoughts turn to all things toasty and finding ways to keep warm. In the kitchen, it’s all too easy to forget a good heating plan, so here’s my pick of the most efficient, stylish ways to cosy up.

Oven ready

Bring natural heat into the kitchen and combine it with your cooking with the Hergom Laredo stove-oven from Eurostove. Designed to fit against a flat wall or into a corner niche, it’s a large capacity stainless steel oven with generous viewing window, which is kept clean thanks to the Airwash system. It’s priced from £1,890 (www.eurostove.co.uk)


The Hergom Cares design is a woodburning oven that features a porcelain enamel cast iron front, stainless steel top frame and chrome bar handles. Priced from £4,084, a ceramic top plate provides medium heat and, when lifted, provides access to a hotter cast iron hot plate. There’s also an optional warming drawer that sits beneath the oven (www.eurostove.co.uk)


Radiating style

The Radiator Centre has a fantastic range of unusual shapes and sizes in its large collection of radiators and towel warmers. The Suoni in metallic silver comes in two sizes and a full range of RAL colours to complement or contrast with your kitchen scheme. You can even have individual elements coloured separately to turn your heating into a wall-hung work of art. It’s priced £749 (www.theradiatorcentre.com)


The Format radiator, shown here in RAL9010, is a modern twist on a classic design with its gently curving shape. It costs £780 (www.theradiatorcentre.com)


Bring a splash of colour into the room with the CD radiator, shown here in RAL3020 Red and priced £426. Available in heights from 30mm to 2300mm and numerous lengths up to 1.2m, choose from the full range of RAL colours as well as chrome on selected sizes. (www.theradiatorcentre.com)


Ultra practical, the Allday rectangular design in white is a unique radiator that allows for a choice of accessories that can be fixed into the radiator, such as hanging pegs, towel rails, key cases and shelves. It’s priced £2,987 (www.theradiatorcentre.com)


Tall order

The Radiator Company also has a fantastic range of unusual, innovative and simple designs to suit your scheme. I love this Metacrylic model in Flora Nero, which costs £3,273.60 (www.theradiatorcompany.co.uk)


For something more straightforward, how about the Ottimo vertical radiator, £694.94,


Or the Water Lily in matt grey, £562.80 (www.theradiatorcompany.co.uk)


Consider updating your thermostat too. The 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostat has a large display and saves energy as it automatically adapts as your life and seasons change, literally programming itself after about a week’s use. It’s easy to install and even knows when you’re away as it can use sensors and your phone’s location to check if you’ve left, then sets itself to an Eco Temperature to save energy – and pounds. Style-wise, it comes in copper, stainless steel, black or white so there’s a design to suit every home. It costs £199 (www.nest.com)


“Towel warmer and radiator design has evolved in recent years, especially in Britain,” says Steve Birch, sales director at Vogue (UK), “meeting consumer demand for products that are both stylish and functional. Open plan kitchen living interiors have definitely influenced this want for more extravagant heating solutions, with many new-build properties adopting this layout. The easiest way to calculate the heat output needed is to use a BTU calculator and many manufacturers provide this on their website to help you select a product with the correct output.”

Vogue (UK)’s Design Collection includes two of my favourites – Mode II (from £210) and Serenade (from £199). Both are made from high quality mild steel and can be finished in a variety of colour options and textures to suit any size and style of kitchen. www.vogueuk.co.uk



I also can’t resist this Time towel rail in a sleek anthracite finish from Aestus, priced from £454, and the undulating Wave design, priced £342. www.aestus.co.uk



Smart gets smarter too with Worcester’s latest app update for its Wave smart control. More and more of us are turning to internet-connected heating, so Worcester, Bosch Group, has revealed a brand new update that enables existing and newly installed Wave controls to work with smartphones, tablets and even Apple and Android smart watches. It also incorporates self-learning technology to take into account how you use your heating and hot water, and programming the system in the most efficient way. Wave costs around £250 when installed by a qualified heating engineer. www.worcester-bosch.co.uk


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About Hayley Gilbert

Hayley Gilbert is a freelance interiors journalist with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Specialising in all things kitchens, Hayley has contributed to a wide range of consumer titles such as Beautiful Kitchens, EKBB, KBB, Grand Designs, House Beautiful and Ideal Home, as well as national newspapers including The Sunday Times.... @HaylGilbert / hayleygilbertblog.wordpress.com

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