Bath Décor: How Minor Accents and Upgrades Can Elevate Your Bathroom’s Style

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Today, you can come across plenty of bathroom décorating ideas suitable for anyone’s taste. Although they look quite gorgeous on the internet and on magazine pages, not all of them are necessary and practical for your specific needs. Every time you see a beautiful bathroom design, remember that it’s been carefully staged to look like that, and the pictures are heavily edited afterwards to lure you in.

That said, you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune or remodel your bathroom from scratch to achieve a look you love. In addition to the main elements, there are plenty of accents and upgrades that can boost your bathroom’s style while also providing practicality and comfort.

Quality Bath Towel Sets

Towels are practical bathroom essentials that aren’t much talked about. Most people only use one or two towels for all their needs, but you’ll be surprised to learn that there are four different types of bathroom towels, each with its own purpose. These are the washcloth, hand towel, bath towel and bath sheet.

Washcloths are the smallest towels and they’re often used for drying your hands, or exfoliating your body while in the shower. Hand towels are the standard-sized towels we use to dry our hands and faces every day. Bath towels and bath sheets are used for drying up after a bath, with bath sheets being the largest choice available, suitable for wrapping yourself up comfortably after a bath.

Quality Bath Towel
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Getting a quality set of towels will not only satisfy your practical needs, but can also be a viable décor option. A quality bath towel set is comfortable and soft to the touch. These towels are usually made from premium 100% cotton fabric. They come in a plethora of colours and have a strong fade resistance. You can pick a colour that matches your existing set-up, or go for a bathroom towel set in an eccentric bold colour that will act as an accent in a neutral bathroom.

Luxury towels have superior moisture-wicking and quick-drying properties. They have rich colours and textures, and can last you for a very long time if you take good care of them.

What Is the Best Material for a Bath Towel?

A bath towel set can be made from bamboo, cotton, or blends of cotton and polyester. The best choice for most is usually 100% cotton. To create towels, cotton is woven or knitted as terry cloth, with many protruding loops of thread that allow maximum water absorption. The first terry cloth was produced in 1850 in England. 100% cotton towels have the best durability and strength, while being soft and soothing to the skin.

Bath Towels
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Wall Lights

You don’t have to look at lighting as just a functional tool that helps you carry out a certain task in low light conditions. Lights can be both practical and stylish, often used as décor pieces. Layering light is a key element in any successful bathroom design. The main 3 layers of light that should be present in any room are:

  • Ambient lighting;
  • Accent lighting;
  • Task lighting.

Wall lights are stylish, functional and versatile lighting elements. Using a dimmer switch, you can adjust them both for ambient and task lighting. The bathroom is the first room we visit in the morning and its design can often set your mood for the rest of the day. LED vanity lights are a popular choice for bathroom task lighting; however, they have some drawbacks. The cool white light can sometimes be harsh and unfriendly to the eyes. Its intensity can also drop shadows on your face, making getting ready in the morning a challenging task.

Two wall lighting fixtures on either side of the bathroom mirror gives you sufficient illumination for your tasks while being soothing to the eyes.
The best thing about wall lighting is its versatility. They’re available in different designs and you can easily fit them in any interior design scheme. Shade materials range from concrete and metal to glass.

Positioning

Generally, wall lights should be positioned around eye level or 1.5-1.7 metres above the ground. Ideal spots are on either side of the bathroom mirror, or on the sides of an art print (if you choose to use one) as an accent light. If you’re using multiple wall light fixtures, it’s best to place them around 2.5-3 metres apart.

Colour Temperature

The colour temperature is measured in Kelvin and it describes the colour of the light that a fixture provides. It’s good to combine lighting elements with different colour temperatures. Warm light at 3000k is used for ambient lights, while 6000k is cool light we mostly find in task lighting fixtures. Neutral light at around 4000k is ideal for wall lights next to your bathroom mirror.

Wicker Baskets

Wicker décor is a growing trend that’s versatile enough for any room of the house. Although it’s mostly used in living rooms, it can easily fit into your bathroom design. Wicker baskets are stylish and practical. What makes them so good is that they can be used both as décor and storage space. The soft earthy tones add warmth to a neutral utility room.

Wicker Baskets
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Wicker baskets help you save up space in a small or medium-sized bathroom. You can use them for storing towels, first aid kit, toiletries, makeup and other essential bathroom products. A popular trend is fitting planters into wicker baskets. The greenery of the plants combined with the wicker basket can greatly transform an ordinary-looking bathroom. The basket needs to be waterproof or at least water-resistant to some extent so it doesn’t get damaged by the humidity.

Bottom Line

The fact that your bathroom is mainly a utility room doesn’t mean you should spend less effort when designing it. After all, this is where we have the most alone time, relaxing with a refreshing shower or a long bath. Choosing the right décor can be challenging. A lot of options available on the market are mostly focused on aesthetics and don’t do much to improve the overall mood of the room. A few design elements such as a quality towel set, soothing wall lights and wicker baskets can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in your bathroom. Apart from their aesthetic value, they also have a practical function.