How to Decorate a Radiator Wall

One of the things, i’ve never had to deal with in a Tropical country was having a radiator and it’s one of the challenges I faced in our new home. Inspiration struck when I was looking through My First Apartment Book by Kyle Schuneman, though this is our third apartment, this book still provides invaluable beautiful yet budget friendly decor ideas and DIY instructions.


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I was hesitant to put photo frames directly on top of the radiator because I know heat and changing humidity can affect photos. Then I remember seeing a collection of antique globes displayed using floating shelves in Kyle Schuneman‘s My First Apartment Book and I realized that I could have a photo wall on top using picture ledges instead! I was so was excited to grab a hold of 2 RIBBA Picture Ledges in White from IKEA Berlin.

IKEA Berlin

The exact product is the Ribba Picture ledge
Purchase it from IKEA USA or IKEA Indonesia

Right now I still haven’t organized and framed enough photos, but it’s definitely something I need to do. In the meantime, I casually placed some random photos I already have. I don’t think it’s so bad. What do you think?

I also placed my brass colored standing lamp from ACE Hardware Indonesia, and turned the lamp up, so that in the evenings it can highlight the photo wall.

On top of the photo wall, I mounted an oversized industrial-look wall clock. The size is big enough to fit the size of the  high ceilinged dining/living room. And it also complements the industrial kitchen trolley from KOI Kemang.

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Remember TD’s antique gun? I had a stand build for it so that we could display it too. Without the stand, the gun looks like clutter and can potentially scratch our furniture. I had the teak stand made for cheap at Koncept Gallery Kemang (details below). When we move, we just remove the gun and pack both up separately.

Konsep Gallery

Jalan Kemang Timur no. 52B, Jakarta Selatan 12730 Indonesia
+621 719 2636 | Fax +62.21.719.26.36
Contact: Mela | Mobile +62 817 170 504 |
I had my Batik Stamp Frame done in Konsep too.


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I love the industrial look combined with rustic finish recycled teak of this KOI kitchen trolley (pictured above). Having it in the dining area,  helps keep our table top surfaces clear. (You can see how cluttered out buffet used to be HERE, before we had this kitchen trolley) This is where I have our medicines and vitamins, spices, tea and coffee items. During meal times, spices that accompany the meal are placed on the table. After the meal, we put it back on the trolley to keep the table clutter-free. Vitamins and medicines are also within easy reach after meals.

Koi Kemang Indonesia

Jl. Kemang Raya 72 Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Tel:+62 21 7195668 | Fax:+62 21 7195669

Once it gets colder and we turn up the radiator heat, I’ll be transferring this trolley to another corner because heat is not good for medicine and food products. For now I am enjoying the look of this wall, even if it needs some more work. I will post pictures once I’ve done some improvements. What do you think?

I was inspired to write this post by Le Zoe Musings: Radiator Charm from .

Lovely comments

  1. says

    I love how you decorated the area! I love picture ledges, too!! I wanted to grab the white ones from IKEA, just like the ones you bought, but I couldn’t find them in the U.S. (probably my fault), so I have silver ones I bought from Target in U.S. I also love your oversized industrial clock!!!


  1. […] This is my beloved dining table, which can seat up to 8 people. I got it from KOI Kemang together with the seats. I adore the industrial details like the metal table legs and the steal rod frame of the chairs. I fell in love when I first saw them. Initially I had very dark wood and thick legged dining table and chairs, but when we had an inkling that we were moving to Europe, I decided to get a dining set that had thinner legs to give the illusion of space. Thick wooden legs and dark coloured wood would make our space seem smaller. What do you think? The only drawback of these gorgeous chairs are that the rubber attachment at the bottom that KOI provides sometimes breaks (I know it’s telling me to lose more weight haha!) or gets lose. This wasn’t a problem in Jakarta where we had marble flooring that didn’t scratch easily. Now in Germany we have parquet flooring so before delivery of our furniture, TD and I made sure to get thick, durable and hardwearing like IKEA’s EGEBY sisal carpet that would be able to protect the floor. We got the biggest one (2meters long) and it wasn’t big enough so we got the thin long one too. They only had a 1.8 meter long one which we settled for. I don’t think anyone will really notice hehe. The important thing for me, as a renter, is not to have to pay to fix the flooring after a few years. I also got the industrial-looking kitchen trolley from KOI Kemang. I wrote about decorating our radiator wall with a photo wall HERE. […]

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