Not everyone can have a sprawling bathroom with floor-to-ceiling marble tile, an extra-wide soaking tub and a roaring fireplace. But everyone can have a bathroom that feels luxe, no matter how old or small.
With a just few small accents, you can take your space from plain to polished with minimal effort. All you need is an edited selection of products, a functional space and matching linens.
If you’re hosting a holiday gathering or having house guests, it may be time for a quick refresh. Here’s how:
Raise the curtain
It’s not enough to have a shower curtain, and using a curtain liner alone is a rookie mistake. What you need are a liner and a curtain, ideally a curtain that falls all the way to the floor for a more sophisticated look.
Step it up: Replace your shower curtain liner every few months to keep it fresh.
Swap the bar
No one wants to wash their hands with a sticky soap bar that’s been frothing in a grimy puddle by the sink. Spend a few extra dollars on bottled hand wash that smells nice and isn’t too harsh on the skin.
Step it up: Pair your hand wash with a moisturizer. Your guests will appreciate the nice touch.
Make the mat count
Contrary to popular belief, your bathmat doesn’t have to match your towels. It should, however, complement them. Choose a durable indoor/outdoor 2- by 3-foot rug in a low-maintenance flatweave.
Step it up: Try a vintage kilim style for an elevated look.
Hit the bar
Hooks are great, but they don’t dry towels evenly. Use a towel bar and hang wet towels on it after each use. Smelly towels are never a good thing.
Step it up: A heated towel bar will speed up the drying process and keep your bath sheets extra fresh.
Do offer guest towels
There’s nothing more uncomfortable than washing your hands in someone else’s house only to realize that the only towel in sight is a used bath towel. Hang a fresh set of hand towels for guests by the sink.
Step it up: When hosting a dinner party, pick up an inexpensive set of linen guest towels and a dedicated hamper for guests to toss them into.
Ban personal products
No one wants to know what brand of dental floss you use or how many facemasks you own. If your beauty products don’t all fit in a medicine cabinet, store them in a closet in another room — but not in plain sight in your bathroom.
Step it up: Get a simple, small tray to keep a few products for your guests: Moisturizer, air freshener and breath mints would be welcomed.
Throw in the towel
If your towels are mismatched or worn, spring for an upgrade. Classic all-white towels are easy to bleach and easy to replace, and you’ll never have to worry about whether they match.
Step it up: Complement your white towels with a set of navy, charcoal or black washcloths for removing makeup. That’ll help keep your whites white.