Accessories add the final, finishing touches to any room and can help to complement or bring out a particular colour scheme. Using accessories to brighten up a bathroom is an easy way to bring style to your space, but which pieces should you choose?
Whether you're moving into a new home, looking to remodel your bathroom or simply wondering how to spruce up your space and make things look a little nicer, everyone appreciates a good bathroom. But what, if anything, makes a bathroom great?
When making your toilet area more attractive, it’s worth considering how to bring character and convenience to your bathroom décor. There are plenty of things you can do to give your bathroom or cloakroom that one-of-a-kind feel. Focusing on the little things and considering all the needs you might have are the foundations of transforming a bathroom or toilet from boring and drab to amazing and exciting. Since the bathroom and toilet are places that we use to prepare for the day or wind down after a long day out, it’s crucial to make sure that we are satisfied with the space. Your mood is bound to improve when you start and end your day in a bathroom interior that's pleasing to the eye.
Where do I start?
The devil always lies in the details, and when making sure your bathroom is pleasurable to use, there's no exception. We want to focus on the bathroom accessories for our bathroom and toilets. Not only should we ensure that our bathroom has them, but that they work together thematically and conceptually, too.
A bathroom would be amiss without a mirror, towels, toothbrush holders, a toilet brush holder, towel rail, soap dishes and hanging places for robes or clothing. Even focusing on smaller things like soap dispensers and toilet paper holders is important. The lighting and window coverings that we choose to use in our bathrooms can make a great impact on how our bathroom feels to be in and use.
Picking the right towels
You’d think that bathroom towels would be an easy thing to tackle, but there are so many options to choose from. Considering you'll be using said towels often and they come into frequent contact with your skin, a good towel goes a long way in increasing your satisfaction. When picking towels, look for towels with fibres that are 5mm in length. Too short, and they break easily, while if they are too long, they can pile up and become ugly quickly. The fabric density is also very important and choosing 470 g/m2 is the ideal weight. Picking towels with too high a density will mean that they’ll require more thorough washing and longer drying times, while lower weightage towels will not retain their shape and have low absorbency. And of course, if you have multiple towels, you also want to get towel rails so you can hang your used towels and let them air dry.
Shower screens and curtains
Shower screens or (a slightly more old-fashioned method) shower curtains serve an important role in the bathroom. No one likes a dripping wet bathroom, and screens or curtains help to keep all the splash from the shower contained within the shower area. Though their main purpose is primarily functional, it doesn’t mean that looks don’t matter.
The screen or curtain is a big visual grabber for anyone using the bathroom, both literally and figuratively. Choosing the right design is vital to creating a beautiful-looking space. Choose screens or curtains that match the surrounding decor, like the tiles or panels, or choose directly contrasting colours to make the finishes pop. You can use tools to help identify complementary colours. A colour wheel is a great way to identify what works best with the colours you have in the bathroom. Also, ensure that the screen or curtain you pick is a material that is suitable. You want products that will endure plenty of use, so look for hardy materials that are resistant to moisture.
Bath mats are great for adding a bit of visual texture and function to your bathroom. When placed outside the shower door or next to the bath, a mat will take up a lot of the water that drips off from your body, meaning that you don’t make the rest of the bathroom or toilet wet, reducing slip hazards. Sometimes mats come in sets, to match your other accessories.
Not everything needs to have a purpose in a bathroom, and can just be there to help liven the place and make it feel softer. A popular choice to add visual texture to a bathroom is the addition of plants or flowers in the bathroom. You can even add other items like a soap tray for shower gel and other liquid soap or cubbies for storage space. These detract from the harshness that a bathroom can have, adding a touch of warmth to white spaces. Combine these with some wicker baskets for clothes, and you’ll have added a homely feeling to a cold bathroom. If you’re going for a more eclectic feel to your bathroom, look for oddly shaped decorative pieces that will surely grab the attention of anyone who comes in.
How to pick products
It’s important to remember that a lot of the items in a bathroom will be used frequently and exposed to moisture for prolonged periods of time. Choose high-quality fittings and accessories (like shower enclosures and toilets) and items that won’t degrade from use or time. Chrome steel is a classic, clean option that is resistant to such wear and comes in a few options of finish to fit your particular feel.
When picking accessories to add to you bathroom, consider how well each piece fits into your bathroom thematically, as well as the function. Ensure that you have all the things a bathroom needs, like fittings to hang clothes or hold toothbrushes. Focusing on having different components and making sure they all align is key to creating a wholly coherent bathroom or cloakroom space. Whilst the area in your bathroom might be limited, there is no reason why you cannot fit all the essential accessories you need.
Shop bathroom accessories
These stylish bathroom accessories are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to adding a personal touch to your space. At Victoria Plum, you’ll discover a huge selection of finishing touches, designed to complement your style of bathroom, no matter how big or small it may be. Simply click on the image below to browse the Accents accessories range today.