Bath Accessories

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Even a light touch in the mix of bath accessories and your personal style can make your master bath a refuge. It can transform the half-bath off the downstairs hall into gracious refresher room worthy of a five-star hotel. The Gilded Age porcelain towel rack, the marble soap dish and water cup, the rubbed bronze doorknob ... no matter what your final choice, such details are what make the difference.

The Gamut of Bath Accessories

The very first of bath accessories to come to mind are probably shower curtains, wicker baskets for laundry, tissue paper holders, rugs and wall decor. After that come towel racks, toothbrush holders, toilet paper spindles and clothes hooks. These are among the easiest to install.

A more luxurious touch might include an electric towel warmer. These come in several models: freestanding, wall mounted, and portable. They also come in enough finishes that you can be confident they will blend in visually with the rest of your decor and other bath accessories. Towel warmers, remember, are not designed to make towels hot. They are designed literally to warm them and can help dry them after use.

Other decorative touches in the way of bath accessories might include teak bath stools, soap dispensers, towel rings, robe hooks or shower racks. You might want more wall shelving for towel storage or toiletries. Additional medicine cabinets or lighting might also be in order. The list is endless. The variety of finishes for all of these bath accessories--from burnished bronze to painted wood to painted porcelain to oiled teak to wrought iron to brushed chrome--is almost confounding.

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