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In our younger years, we shopped for bathroom essentials that primarily served a function. A plastic shower curtain, a metal trash bin, or a cheap, over the toilet etagere, sufficed our needs and got the job done. However, as we get older and move out of our starter apartments, our tastes get more refined. We realize that just because a bathroom accessory is functional, doesn’t mean it has to compromise our overall aesthetic. Every bathroom necessity—ranging from textiles to storage solutions—can complement the overall style of your bathing space versus compromising it.
And, the abundance of gorgeously designed products available on the market today makes decorating the space incredibly easy. To make your shopping experience even easier, we found a handful of favorite bathroom necessities—gorgeous bathroom rugs, unexpected bathmats, and stone accessories—that double as decor.
Here, the best bathroom decor.
Best Bath Mat: Mosa Bamboo Natural Bath Shower Mat
If a bathroom rug or bath mat is way too conventional for you, this bamboo bath and shower mat will add a sense of nature into your bathroom. Made out of genuine bamboo, it has a simple yet elegant look. While you won’t have to worry about constantly laundering it, keep in mind that because it's made out of natural wood it needs to be kept in a well-ventilated place after use. While primarily for indoor use, it can also be used for an outdoor shower—or even just an outdoor mat.
Best Towels: Stone & Beam Casual Sculpted Criss Cross Cotton Bath Towels Set
There are so many things to love about this gorgeous set of towels. For one, the minimal crisscross design is actually sculpted into the fabric through a special weaving technique, giving a three-dimensional look that will add texture and interest to your space. Fringe trim further builds on that texture, while sewn-in loops make for convenient hanging. They're available in two neutral shades that will complement a variety of different aesthetics. Also, if you're looking to upgrade your entire towel collection, we suggest adding a set of Stone & Beam's multi-striped cotton towels into the mix for an eclectic look.
Best Soap Dish: Creative Home Genuine Charcoal Marble Stone Soap Dish
As functional as they are chic, marble accessories are a no-brainer addition to your bathroom space. This hand-crafted marble stone soap dish is durable, easy to clean, and incredibly affordable. For a truly cohesive look, you can opt to buy the matching tissue box cover, tumbler, toothbrush holder, or soap dispenser—all for less than what one of these items would cost as a luxury home boutique.
Note that there might be some color variation with your purchase.
Best Bathtub Tray: Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray
There are so many bath trays and caddies to choose from, but we have never encountered one as versatile as Royal Craft Wood’s luxury caddy. The multifunctional tray, available in five different finishes of waterproof bamboo, can be used in the bath or even as a bed tray. A variety of slots safely keep your book, tablet, wine glasses, favorite candle, or a bar of soap, while two removable trays can hold both bath and spa accessories. Its extendable handles ensure that it'll fit any sized tub, while non-slip silicone grips prevent it from sliding.
Best Stools: Serena & Lily Dip Dyed Stools
There are a few products from the coastal cool Serena & Lily collection that have achieved cult-like status in the interior design world, and their dip-dyed stools are definitely on the list. Handcrafted out of solid teak in Indonesia, these perfectly simple stools are then dip-dyed in either white or navy paint. The result? An understated yet impactful addition to your bathroom. Use them as a stool next to your tub to keep your bubble bath or magazine handy, or buy a small and large size and use them to display your plants. Either way, your bathroom will thank you.
Best Accessory Set: Perigold Kohler Artifacts 3 Piece Set
While Kohler is best known for their classic sinks, bathtubs, and toilets, they also have a collection of equally high-quality bath accessories. Part of the Artifacts collection (which includes towel rings, faucets, and other hardware), this three-piece glass accessory set has everything you need to hold bathroom staples like soap, Q tips, cotton balls, and more. Available in five different finishes, the clean, vintage-inspired set—which includes a tumbler, soap dispenser, and tray—is neutral enough to complement a variety of different aesthetics. As with other Kohler products, it's treated with a finish to help resist corrosion and tarnishing.
Best Etagere: Frontgate Belmont Etagere
If your bathroom is short on storage, an etagere is a perfect solution. And, unlike those plastic shelves from college, the Belmont collection from Frontgate will elevate your entire bathroom. This sturdy steel and aluminum shelving unit, topped with beveled tempered glass, is a refined piece of furniture for your bathroom. It is perfect for showing off your towels and grooming products, picture frames and candles, or even small plants. And, if your bathroom floor is a tad uneven, don’t stress: it even has adjustable feet.
Best Rug: Parachute Speckled Hand Knit Bath Rug
In recent years, bath mats—whether made of microfiber or terry cloth—have become a little antiquated in the interior design world. Instead, designers and influencers have been gravitating toward using actual rugs in the bathroom. Parachute, one of our favorite direct-to-consumer homeware lines, has come up with the perfect part-bathmat mostly-rug solution to your problem. This bohemian-inspired, hand-knit rug is made out of thick cotton yarn and finished with tassels on each side. It will add some much-needed texture to your bathroom, while still keeping it oh-so-cozy.
Best Standing Rack: Hinoki Wood Standing Rack
From fixtures to accessories, chances are you already have a lot of metal in your bathroom. Adding some well-intentioned wooden pieces can majorly transform your space. This Hinoki Wood Standing Rack from The Citizenry is a perfect (and sustainable) resting place for your towels. It features a simple, organic design and is constructed out of high-grade, locally-sourced Japanese hinoki cypress. If you get sick of it in your bathroom, it can easily transition into the living room, as a place to display your favorite throw blankets. Each rack is handcrafted and takes a week to complete.
Best Shower Curtain: Anthropologie Tasseled Antioch Shower Curtain
There are tons of beautiful textile shower curtains that can serve as an added layer of luxury to your bathroom. We are majorly crushing on this chic linen and cotton curtain, from bohemian favorite Anthropologie. Available in both white and ochre, the elegant curtain is finished with crochet trim and rows of color-coordinated tassels to add a touch of artsy charm to your space.
Best Canisters: CB2 Almanzo Amber Canister
Bathroom design trends have changed over the decades, but like your favorite pair of denim, apothecary jars are still a favorite bathroom accessory. These amber glass bath canisters from CB2 will add a serious flair of timeless vintage to your washroom. Their simple shape and wide mouth are perfect for storing everything from cotton swabs and Q-tips to bath bombs. They are also cool enough to display on your bath stool, etagere, or bookshelf. Complete the look with multiple canisters in different sizes to take advantage of this stylish storage solution.
Best Hamper: West Elm Bamboo Hamper
A clothes hamper doesn’t have to be an afterthought—and nor should it. The space-saving design of West Elm's Bamboo Hamper offers a stylish and practical spot for your dirty clothes, easily pulling down and opening up to display a fabric liner. It also has a shelf to store clean towels plus extra space for other bathroom essentials (ideal for smaller spaces that don't have much storage). Its neutral palette—bamboo with a whitewashed finished—is subtle enough to work in a variety of aesthetics.