There is only so much decorating you can do in a bathroom. The pure function and purpose of the bathroom already dictates items that need to be selected and incorporated in the room such as a tub, toilet, sink, faucet, cabinetry, countertop, mirror, and tile.
The type and style of finish materials which are present in your bathroom are the foundation of the design of the space so the accessories you use should not be limited to the items you place on your countertops and shelves in order to create a décor theme.
To the trade, bathroom accessories are basically the hardware that is used to hold towels and other articles stored in the space. Most bathrooms have at least one towel rod and a toilet paper holder at the minimum. From the essential minimum there could be towel rings, hooks, shelves, double towel rods, towel racks, soap dispensers, tumblers, tissue covers and canisters as well as decorative toilet brush containers.
Most hardware and home improvement stores have at least one aisle dedicated to bathroom accessories and carry a few brands with different finishes and styles. If you want to create a modern and minimal décor for your bathroom space then the hardware style should be in a chrome, nickel or stainless steel finish. You could choose either polished or matte and the look would still remain modern. There are also acrylic and frosted glass options which can elevate a modern theme.
If you want to create more of an old world – European look then you should choose finishes such as bronze, copper or polished nickel. For a Victorian look you would want iron or polished chrome with white porcelain accents and for a traditional look you could use brass, gold, chrome or bronze.
The finish of your hardware and accessories sets the tone of your décor. These days brass is not as popular as it was 30 years ago when polished chrome became the standard finish used and about 15 years ago oil rubbed bronze came into “vogue” and has remained a favorite finish for many.
Do’s and Do Not’s for accessorizing a bathroom
Do change out your towel bars, toilet paper holder and other hardware to update the look of your bathroom. Nothing outdates a room quicker than old hardware.
Do not mix too many finishes in the same room; try to keep your accessories all in the same or similar finish. For example if you have brass plumbing fixtures and want to update your accessories than one way to do this is to find chrome fixtures with brass accents.
Do update your light fixtures while you are in the process of updating bathroom accessories. Lighting is an essential element that makes a décor statement.
Do not accessorize your toilet with seat, lid or bowl covers. These items, while still on the market, are not trend setters for decorating.
Do install the proper size accessories and appropriate quantity. If you need a lot of storage for towels then consider a double towel rod or a towel rack.
Do not overcrowd your countertop with accessory items; keep things to a minimum of essential items. If you have a very small countertop or a pedestal sink then consider installing some accent shelves to store the essential items.
Do take time to shop and select your bathroom accessories as there are over 20 different manufacturers and a world of style and design to choose from so that you can make your space personal and unique.