"The wind blew as 'twad blawn its last; The rattling showers rose on the blast." — Tam O'Shanter by Robbie Burns.
Whilst our showers here at Victoria Plum certainly don't rattle, we'd like to show you a few ways to accessorise your bathroom in celebration of Burns Night.
What is Burns Night?
The life of Scottish poet Robbie Burns is celebrated annually on his birthday, 25th January, and is commonly known as Burns Night. It's an evening full of tradition, ceremony and speeches, normally accompanied by a meal and a few good glasses of whisky, with the highlight being "the piping of the haggis".
Whilst this event used to be confined to just Scotland, Northern Ireland and Scottish ex-pat communities, over the years its popularity has grown, with celebrations taking place, not just throughout the UK, but also in other parts of the world. Much like St Patrick's Day, you will find anyone with a vague Scottish connection, and plenty without, taking this opportunity to celebrate with their friends.
In fact, the event has grown so popular that, in 2015, discount supermarket chain Lidl started offering cut-price Burns Night clothing, including kilts!
Of course, when Robbie spoke of showers in the excerpt above, he wasn't referring to bathrooms! So, in our own little tribute to this celebration, we've come up with 5 ways to add some Scottish-influenced touches to your bathroom.
1. Add some Highlands-inspired accessories
To give your bathroom a flavour of the wild, rugged terrain of the Highlands, why not add some suitable accessories. Faux stag heads are an on-trend addition to home interiors and would look perfect in a rustic style bathroom.
Give your bathroom a rugged edge with a stag head accessory
2. Add some prickly character with a thistle bouquet
Gather together all those plants and shrubs that evoke Scotland, with both heather and thistles working well. What could be better than all those lovely purples and greens? But be careful handling it—you don't want to get "jagged"!
Why not add some thistles to a bouquet of seasonal flowers?
3. Tartan yourself up
Perfect for those chilly auld winter mornings, a tartan dressing gown will look a treat on you, not to mention brightening up your bathroom.
Check yourself out in a tartan dressing gown
4. Get yourself in a lather with Scottish ingredients
You'd probably be more likely to associate Scots oats with breakfast time and porridge, but when added to soap, you can now scrub yourself clean with such ingredients as oatmeal and heather.
Freshen up with oatmeal soap
5. A bonnie wee bath
And last but not least, to keep the chills from your bones, why not treat yourself to this bonnie wee bath? It's full of wonderful traditional touches...just like Burns Night!
Inspired by tradition: The Bath Co. Traditional double ended roll top bath
Does your bathroom reflect your region?
Whatever part of the UK you live in, we'd love to hear about your regionally-inspired interior design. Tweet us @VictoriaPlumUK.