Jason sent us a good question: "First, thanks for the continually awesome site! I'm buying my first apartment, and it's a great little basement condo in Hyde Park. The only major blemish of the unit is the revealed pipes and radiators...
... hanging from the ceiling. In the past, AT readers have had great suggestions for radiators on every wall but the 5th, so I thought I'd ask for help.
Suggestions for either hiding or successfully accenting the eyesores are much appreciated! Thanks!"
Jason, congratulations on the apartment purchase! Generally, we subscribe to the embrace it rather than hide it school of dealing with "eyesores" if at all possible. In your photos, it looks like the ceiling height is average, not high, so covering them may bring the ceiling height down uncomfortably low (even if just affects the feeling of the space). Also, with the placement so close to the window, you wouldn't want to lose or block any light/view.
First up we'd paint the entire room, ceiling and radiator included, a nice clean white - just getting it is freshly painted will make a world of difference. We would leave the radiator the same color match as the ceiling but would play up the single main ceiling pipe with a shiny, glossy color - since no one will miss it, we'd make it a design feature. We'd go for a metallic silver or perhaps a bright robins egg blue or even a high-gloss red.
Good luck and be sure to send us the after photos!
AT: Readers please weigh in with your thoughts and suggestions for Jason...