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How to Accessorize your Bathroom

Buyer's Guide: Bathroom Accessories

When it comes to accessorizing a bathroom, style is key. To really create a room where you can clean yourself, primp and prepare for the day, there are plenty of accessories to help keep things more organized and sanitary. There many products available to help you accessorize you bathroom, and this guide will help you decide where to start.

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Make a List

The first step is to determine which products you need. Towel bars, hooks and other accessories can make a bathroom more user friendly. Think about how your bathroom functions. If you use a robe after showering that always ends up on a heap in the floor, consider investing in some hooks. If you prefer bar soap, you may want a soap dish instead of a soap dispenser. Products that you may want to consider purchasing are: bathroom mirrors, shower caddies and shelves, towel bars, towel rings, soap dishes, soap dispensers, toothbrush holders, toilet tissue holders, bathroom shelves, hooks, shower rods, toilet brush, toilet handles and grab bars.

Style it up

The second step is to determine what you want the relationship between your accessories should be. Are you looking for coordinating items? Or for some contrast? Making this decision at the beginning will help guide your search. Bathroom hardware sets are an easy way to purchase coordinating items. Sets often come with soap dispensers, wash cloth rings, toothbrush holders, or a series of matching towel bars of different sizes. However, if you don't find a set that matches your needs, many pieces are also sold individually.

When choosing you products consider the size of the area you will be placing them in. A small bathroom should have minimal accessories that are smaller in size than a large bathroom. Too many accessories will cause the bathroom to look cluttered. On the other hand, you may need more accessories to fill empty space in a large bathroom.

Also consider the relationship between your bathroom accessories and the installed plumbing fixtures. Coordinate accessories to complement your décor and style.

Toothbrush Holder or Tumbler?

A toothbrush holder features a notch or hook for a toothbrush to hang on while a tumbler is shaped more like a cup for a toothbrush to sit or soak in.

Soap Dispenser or Soap Dish

The soap dish and soap dispenser are used for different purposes, soap dispensers hold and dispense liquid soap and soap dishes protect your counters from soap bars. Depending on your preference in soap, you will purchase your should soap holder accordingly. Soap dispensers come in a few different varieties, including wall mounted dispensers, deck mounted dispensers and counter top dispensers.

Shower Accessories

If you choose to buy a shower curtain, you will need shower curtain rod and shower curtain rings to hold up the shower curtain. Shower curtains are available in different shapes and sizes, so be sure to consider what type you are looking for before shopping. Curved shower curtains give a luxurious feel while complete wrap around bars are sometimes necessary if you don't have a tiled walls for your shower. Straight shower curtains are nice if you have limited space.

Grab bars can be an essential accessory for some bathrooms. They are used as safety handrails to help support those needing aid as they get in and out of the bathtub or shower. Grab bars are attached in strategic places to walls so they are in the correct place to offer a steady brace.

If you have many shower products, you may want to consider buying a shower caddy. Besides determining what size caddy you will need to hold all your products, it is important to think about the location of your bathroom shelf or caddy. Shelf locations can be wall mounted or be a basket that sits in the corner. Some may even stretch from the ceiling to the floor.

What is a Toilet Lever?

A toilet level is essentially just a toilet handle. All toilets come with some kind of stock handle, but an upgrade can do wonders for the look and style of your bathroom.

Start Installing

Most bathroom accessories don’t require much more than being screw to the wall, or having a hook piece screwed to the wall. However, towel bars, towel rings and toilet tissue holders may require some installation.

First, measure the amount of space that you have. If these items are replacing existing products, make sure you get the correct size to accommodate any pre-drilled holes. If your product doesn’t come with a template, it is a good idea to draw up your own by tracing or marking exactly where you want to screw the product into the wall before going ahead with the power tools. If you are installing accessories on tile, you will need specialized tools so the tile does not crack.

Is there a good way to make all my accessories look good together?

Some good rules to follow when shopping for accessories is to get them in the same finish and same style. You are much more likely to have a cohesive looking bathroom if you choose all chrome, all nickel or all brass accessories, and keep to similar size products.

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