Published on December 15, 2014

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Photography by Unruh,Lesley A

An exposed heater hardly complements the decor of a space, right? Think you're forced to have it on display? Think again.

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Photography by ANITA CALERO

The top of a radiator can be the perfect place for a shelf. When a piece of wood or stone is placed on top, a bulky radiator becomes a handy side table or bookshelf. If you're using wood, just be aware that it might warp over time.

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Photography by Lesley A. Unruh

For a more subtle and cost-effective approach, opt for a cloth-draped table for the disguise. Using a three-sided skirt sewn from a breathable linen, drape it across a simple console (tall enough that the top sits at least one inch above the radiator).

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Photography by Lesley A. Unruh

An installed radiator (yep, that means custom cabinets were built on supporting sides) results in more space for you. Extra storage room is not only functional, but distracts from the presence of the heater. 

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Photography by LOUPE LIMITED

The subtle contrast between the sleek lines of a delicate frame and a quatrefoil grille provides an effortless, yet ultra chic, cover-up.

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Photography by VON DER SCHULENBURG FRITZ

Vertical slats fastened to a lengthy slab of wood provide added shelf-space, creating an airy feel in this rustic country setup. 

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Photography by INTERIOR ARCHIVES

A lattice screen bolted on a slender box adds a hint of French-inspired elegance to this luxurious dinning room. Complement the fixture with a dynamic sculpture or a heavily framed print. 

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Photography by LESLEY A. UNRUH

Accept it. Before you try and cover up your radiator, try embracing it first. If you do something creative, you won't have to hide it. Simply painting it might do the trick! 
TIP: If your radiator is bare metal, apply a coat of bare-metal primer before painting. Make sure it's completely clean before you start painting, and if there's already paint on it, give it a light sanding.