20 Brilliant… Bathroom Accessories

Image: Dunelm

It’s Thursday which means it must be time for the first in my series of Thursday shopping posts. Why Thursday? Well we’re all too busy on Friday looking forward to our wild weekends aren’t we (i.e. tidying up, perhaps a takeaway watching Strictly if you’re lucky) and any earlier in the week and, well, it’s just too much like Monday.

So Thursday it is and given my post earlier this week on things to think about when you’re planning a bathroom update it seemed a good idea for the first of my 20 Brilliant… series to be on bathroom accessories. After all, it’s very well picking out the perfect loo, the most beautiful tiles and some glimmering taps but, as ever, the devil is in the detail and it’s only when you add those finishing touches that it all really starts to come together.

First up, it’s the most glamorous accessory of them all – toilet roll holders. This has long been a bit of a neglected category with many a rubbish chrome horror hanging limply from the wall (hello downstairs loo roll holder). But the day of the good looking toilet roll has arrived! I love this black version from Ferm Living but I also love a simple basket if you can get away with it (it all depends how good the family aim is if you know what I mean…)

Black holder: Ferm Living; Vera holder: Anthropologie; Jute storage basket: H&M; Concrete Cloud Shelf: Lyon Beton.

We’ve also come a long way in bath mats over the last few years.  What used to be beige, bobbly, purely practical items have now become a really cool and easy way to add a bit of colour and/or texture to your bathroom.  I love the colours in this Anthropologie mat but also the White Company version for relaxed, natural cool.


 Coloured bath mat: Anthropologie; Round bath mat: H&M; White bath mat: The White Company; The Loo bath mat: Anthropologie

Building on your textiles, the array of great looking guest or hand towels out there means it’s possible to build in more pattern and texture without spending a fortune.  Just don’t let anyone actually dry their hands on them.

Beetle towel: H&M; Teal towels: Margo Selby at John Lewis; Blue striped towel: Scottie & Russell at Trouva; Green towel: Babooshe at Trouva

If you have the space in your bathroom it’s a lovely idea to introduce some seating, even if just a simple stool.  I’ve found ours to have a myriad of purposes including somewhere to park your bum when you’re bathing the kids (or whoever you might bathe!), something for kids to use to reach the sink or for a leg up into the bath or just for a good old Instagram photo (come on, you know it’s true).  We have a vintage footstool in ours at the moment but I love the new H&M furniture items for adding different textures and materials to the space.

Oak bench: Frontline Bathrooms; Stool in metal and leather: H&M; Nordic wooden bench: Rockett St George: Moroccan stool: Tine K at Trouva

Last but not least – the plants.  What is a bathroom – or any room in fact – without a million plants.  In all seriousness, my bathroom plants have fared better than most of the rest of the house and I don’t think the bathroom would look anywhere near as inviting without them.  We have a couple of large planters in there but I love the hanging planters from Tom Raffield and Rose and Grey for a really luxe look over the bath.

Faux hanging encil plant: Rose & Grey; Morvah hanging planter: Tom Raffield; Industrial shelving unit: Rockett St George; Black planter: Ferm Living

That’s my round up for this week.  If there’s anything you’d love to see covered in my 20 Brilliant… series do let me know, I’d love to hear from you!