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Some bathroom collections have an exhaustive range of accessories , but for the purposes of ticking off the list, we’re recommending you choose around four items. A wall-mounted toilet roll holder; a toothbrush holder/beaker; a soap dish or hand soap dispenser, and toilet brush. Of course, if you are including a bidet or have double basins, adjust the list accordingly.
TYPES OF BATHROOM ACCESSORIES
Toilet roll holder
Wall-mounted models must be fixed professionally and securely; it’s the one item that will get wobbly very easily as it’s constantly in use! Ensure the spindle is easy to use and replace.
If you have counter-top space, a freestanding dish is a good choice; wall-mounted models can get knocked and if your chosen design has a drainage hold in the bottom it will drip onto the surface. A liquid soap dispenser is more practical – and can also be used for shampoo, conditioner and body lotions if you’re after a very co-ordinated look.
We favour a plain beaker in ceramic or glass on the counter-top, but teamed with a toothbrush rack or holder which can be fixed to the wall.
A toilet brush is a must-have, but something that’s not discussed very often! A ceramic brush container is a good choice, as it’s easy to keep clean and sparkling.
Towel Ring or Rail
Position a towel rail just above a radiator to air and warm towels without blocking the radiator completely; if a towel ring is your preference, the same rules apply as with a toilet roll holder – fix it into place accurately and with easy access.
A shower caddy always seems like a good idea, but as with a toilet brush, be prepared to keep it absolutely clean and sparkling, wire and mesh designs tend to look scruffy if not properly cared for.
A matching pair of robe hooks adds a gorgeous finishing touch to the new bathroom, especially if you add new fluffy towelling robes as well. Beware of having hooks that project too far, especially if they’re being used on the back of a door. It may be advisable to install a matching doorstop too, or have the hooks positioned on the wall, avoiding door/wall clashes.
STYLES OF BATHROOM ACCESSORIES
Traditional bathroom accessories
Generally available in gold and chrome finishes, often with porcelain details – look at the St James Collection for the perfect interpretation of traditional bathroom accessory styles.
Modern bathroom accessories
The range of finishes is far more more eclectic and luxurious in the contemporary ranges; a lot of the designs are very sleek and angular; modern finishes include black and rose gold metallic, as well as bright vinyls and acrylics.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS FOR BATHROOM ACCESSORIES
Once your main suite, shower and tiles have been chosen, bathroom accessories can be seen as a touch of fun and frivolity. Look at colourful designs from stores such as Heals and The Conran Shop, once you have chosen your main items, the scheme can be updated with a change of accessories.