18 Jul 2013
Otherwise known as the jewellery of the bathroom, bathroom accessories have the ability to visually transform a bathroom space, as well as add functionality and comfort to the room.
However, with the wide selection of bathroom accessories available on the market, it is not always easy to decide which ones to choose. Craig Taylor, from Bathroom Butler, offers insight into how to go about making the best choice.
Decide on what you need
Before you go shopping, Taylor advises that you take a long hard look at your bathroom and decide on which accessories you can’t do without. There are what is known as the ‘basic eight’, which includes towel rails, bathroom shelves, toilet paper holders, towel rings, soap dishes, toothbrush holders, toilet brush holders, and robe hooks. "Look to see which of these you will need – for example, if you have a double basin vanity, you will need two bathroom shelves to be positioned above each basin, as well as two soap dishes, two toothbrush holders and two rowel rings.”
Today, however, he notes that there are a multitude of other useful products that can be added to the list of bathroom accessories. This allows you to fit your bathroom out to your individual specifications – for example, if you live in a very humid area, then a heated towel rail will help keep your towels dry, or if you are elderly and struggle to get in and out of the bath, then a grab rail is an essential addition as well.
A sense of style
To ensure that your bathroom looks well put together, Taylor says it is important that all the bathroom accessories match one another, and that they complement the fittings in the room. "Any bathroom composition that mixes gold faucets with silver accessories for example, will look mismatched and thrown together. If you have chosen faucets with a polished silver finish, then try and find accessories to match,” he says.
Style is another element to consider. It is no use choosing ornate accessories for a contemporary bathroom, and vice versa. When it comes to style, it is better to err on the side of simplicity. Bathroom Butler has found that accessories with simple, clean lines offer a more timeless design that doesn’t date. "The more contemporary styles complement both contemporary and more traditional bathroom settings equally well.”
A functional “fix”
He explains that clean, minimalist lines are the hottest bathroom design trend at the moment, and that this reflects in the design of bathroom accessories as well. The slick, contemporary bathroom trend is reflected in the aesthetics of modern bathroom accessories and in the seamless way that they are fixed to the wall.
Taylor says that bathroom accessories in a silver-coloured finish are the most popular. Before, many bathroom accessories were finished in chrome. However, the drawback of chrome is that although it offers a highly polished aesthetic, there is a possibility that it would flake and peel. Today, he says the material of choice is stainless steel as it doesn’t rust, flake, peel or dull, and it is strong and easy to maintain and clean. Stainless steel bathroom accessories come in two main finishes – polished (shiny) and brushed (matt).
He notes that another major benefit of stainless steel is that it has excellent green credentials. Many homeowners want to be environmentally conscious but they don’t want to sacrifice style or functionality either. Stainless steel accessories offer them the ideal way of doing this as it is 100 percent recyclable. Unlike glass and paper, as long as you don’t add any other products into the stainless steel mix, it can be melted down and used again as is.
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