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Wondering how to use bathroom accessories? Rules & guidelines for the perfect bathroom
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Wondering how to use bathroom accessories? Rules & guidelines for the perfect bathroom

Posted by Rebecca Doody in DIY advice | 1 year ago 5 min read

Looking to add accessories to your bathroom but don't know where to begin? With these rules and guidelines, we'll help you on your way.

Let me guess... You’ve been browsing through inspirational bathroom photos, maybe even watching a few home renovation shows? Seeing all those beautiful bathrooms has given you the motivation to get some decor and accessories to spruce up your drab-looking bathroom. But now that you have bought all these items, what do you do with them? How and where do you even place them? With so many different things to consider, it can be more difficult than it looks!

Bathroom accessories (like soap dishes, towel rails, toilet brush holders or even a bathroom mirror) are a great way to revive a bathroom. And, we want to aim to use these accessories in a way that provides not only looks good but also provides maximum utility as well. After all, bathrooms are often small spaces and it’s important to maximise every last inch to keep them from feeling cluttered and messy.

In this blog post, we'll be going through some of the common accessories that you’d be considering adding to your bathroom, and where best to place them, from a stylistic and practical point of view. You can even use this guide to figure out what’s missing from your bathroom. So, keep reading to find out more!

Key considerations for the placement of your bathroom accessories

There are a few things that you must always be mindful of when adding accessories. First off, you'll want to put them in logical places that are easy to use! Put yourself in the shoes of someone who will be using your spruced-up bathroom for the first time, and think about where things should be intuitively placed. you'll want the things that are frequently used in easy reach, and not stored in cabinets or inside drawers. Convenience is vital to the creation of a good bathroom, as it can be a nightmare to dig for things when you’re still half-asleep and scrambling to rush out the door.

Toilet paper holders

The general area in which your toilet roll holder needs to go should be obvious, but where do you want to put it specifically? Many opt for 1 of 2 options: placing it on the wall or the side of a vanity unit that is (often, but not always!) beside the toilet. This ensures easy access to toilet paper from the toilet itself.

Orchard Lunar toilet roll holder

Another option is more circumstantial and depends on the build and layout of your bathroom. You can opt to place the toilet paper holder directly opposite the toilet seat. Of course, with the limited reach of our arms, this would mean that your adjacant bathroom wall would have to within reach of the toilet seat

A more unique option that is often overlooked is the usage of a freestanding toilet paper holder. As this can often eat into your floorspace, it's not the best option for everyone, but it is definitely something that not many other bathrooms have.

Bathroom butlers

Regardless of where you choose to mount it, it’s important to also consider the height of your toilet paper holder, making sure it isn't too high or too low. Consider the different kinds of people that will be using the toilet, both young and old, and their difference in mobility. Ensuring that the holder is accessible to everyone is extremely important to creating an inclusive and enjoyable bathroom and toilet. 

Soap dispensers and toothbrush holders

For hygiene purposes, you definitely need soap in your bathroom, and, more often than not, you will likely need a toothbrush holder as well. With soap dispensers (or even a soap dish if you use a bar soap), you can choose to either keep them as an item on your sink top, ensuring that it is within reach of the sink as well as on a surface that is water resistant so you don’t damage anything. It’s also important to consider that you should ensure that it doesn’t block anything while being easy to reach as well. Alternatively, you can also opt to wall mount your soap dispenser, meaning that you free up space on your vanity unit or sink area. This option does require a little more work, but it may be worth the effort if you wish to achieve a clean, clutter-free look.

Soap dispensers

You can also find bathroom accessory sets that come with matching items, including soap dispensers, soap dishes, plus tumblers for toothbrushes and other items. By getting a matching set, you can create that sense of stylish cohesiveness that helps tie the look of your bathroom together.

Shower baskets and shelves

Whether you have a shower, bath or both, you’ll need a place to put your soaps, shampoos, conditioners, flannels and sponges, as well as other essential items. There are a few places where you can choose to put a shower basket or shelves. Many opt to install one in the corner of their shower. Picking one that is appropriately sized to hold everything you need is important, as having a crowded and over-stuffed shower caddy or shelf will make your shower look messy and disorganised. Ensure there is enough free space for everything, meaning it not only looks neat but is also easy to access.

Shower caddies

Cohesiveness without the fuss

If you’re not confident about sourcing individual components separately that maintain visual and stylistic consistency, you can opt to purchase bathroom accessory sets. These often come with everything bundled together and are all designed in the same style and colour, which makes them a great plug-and-play option for creating a beautiful bathroom. Additionally, these sets often come cheaper than buying the individual accessories, meaning you can save a few quid too!

Navagio bathroom accessory range


With that, we’ve come to the end of this article about how to place and position your bathroom accessories. Of course, the list of bathroom accessories we've mentioned in this article isn't exhaustive. There are many other items you can add to your bathroom including towel rails, a toilet brush holder or even plants for your bathroom countertop.

The best place to put your bathroom accessories is exactly where you need them, without creating undue mess and clutter. By thinking a bit about how the item will be used and about how it looks relative to other accessories, you can totally transform your bathroom without tearing everything out.

Accessories are an extremely accessible and easy way to makeover your bathroom, making your space more beautiful, convenient and welcoming too! Use your bathroom accessories to assert your individual style (be it modern or traditional) and personality, and don’t let trends sway you away from what brings you joy.

Shop bathroom accessories

To transform the look and feel of your bathroom, not to mention improving its usability, check out all the stylish bathroom accessories available right here at Victoria Plum. With a great selection of bathroom accessory ranges to suit bathrooms big and small, why not get started today by clicking below?

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More inspiration and advice on bathroom accessories

Whether you're wondering exactly which bathroom accessories you'll need or simply pondering over a toilet roll holder, at Victoria Plum, you'll find all the advice you'll need to make an informed decision.

In need of ideas? Why not check out some of our inspirational articles? We'll show you how to accessorise a bathroom to achieve 3 different looks, take a long, lingering look at the best bathroom mirrors and demonstrate how to maximise space when accessorising a small bathroom.

Author, Rebecca Doody

Posted by Rebecca Doody in DIY advice | 1 year ago

Originally from Somerset, Rebecca is our resident copywriter who takes care of all things product related. Rebecca loves the modern interior style with both neutral and bold influences to create a statement look.

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