Make a Statement in Your Bath with Stylish Accessories
Updating the Look of Your Bath is Quick & Simple
Avocado green and burnt orange are two colors you should see in
the produce aisle -- not in your bathroom. If you take a step back
to the 1970s every time you take a step into your bathroom, don't
One of the quickest -- and most simple -- ways to update your bathroom's
style is by replacing the accessories. For less than $75, an entire
set of new accessories can be purchased -- including towel bars,
paper holders, robe hooks and towel rings. And accessories can be
installed in less than two hours -- just in time for a spring makeover.
Choices Abound. Until recently, chrome or polished brass were the
only finish choices in the bath accessory marketplace. Fortunately,
the industry has changed dramatically in the last decade, and manufacturers
now offer dozens of finish and style options in bath accessories.
"The bath accessory marketplace has really come to life in the
last few years," said Mike Bauer, Director of Marketing for Creative
Specialties International (CSI), a leading designer and manufacturer
in the bath accessory marketplace.
"Consumers today have more choices than ever before. From unique
styles in oil-rubbed bronze to contemporary designs in brushed chrome
and even accessories made in dramatic wrought iron finishes, homeowners
have a wide variety of new and innovative design options for the
With all of the new options, Americans still hold true to a traditional
finish. According to a survey by CSI and Rooms of America, a consumer
research organization, chrome is still the most popular bath accessory
finish, but consumers' second choice, brushed nickel, is on the
rise. In addition, other finishes, such as oil-rubbed bronze and
wrought iron, are also increasing in popularity with consumers.
In fact, non-chrome finishes now represent almost half of bath accessory
Once you have selected the specific finish for your accessories,
the next step is determining the style and size you prefer. Should
you choose an 18-inch towel bar or a 24-inch towel bar? Towel ring,
double towel bar or single towel bar, or all three? Mounted paper
holder or a free-standing style? How much is too much? And how do
you ensure that your bathroom doesn't look cluttered?
According to CSI, you should begin by determining your style preference.
Results from the aforementioned survey found that consumers typically
decorate in three primary styles: country, casual/contemporary and
In terms of specific style preferences, 38 percent of the population
decorates in a casual style, often referred to as contemporary.
Following closely behind, 35 percent of consumers choose a traditional
style of decorating. Lastly, 27 percent of Americans decorate in
a country theme, which includes secondary themes such as Shaker,
Country French and Mission.
"Once you have determined your style, you should then take accurate
measurements of your bath," explained Bauer. "The size of your bath
will help you determine the number and type of accessories you will
For instance, a master bath with double-bowl sinks will require
a number of accessories compared to a small guest bath." He continued,
"Glass shelves, soap dishes and mounted toothbrush and cup holders
can create order and keep counters clear. And well-positioned towel
bars not only provide storage close at hand, but also offer a design
element to hang colorful, coordinating towels."
CSI offers the following tips for placing the most common bathroom
Towel Rings Most often used in guest baths, towel rings are typically
placed alongside the sink. Keep in mind that many of the new towel
rings on the market feature stylish designs, making them a beautiful
focal point in a small bath. Be sure to hang the towel ring at a
comfort level for those typically using the bath, including children
or seniors. A good rule of thumb is to leave at least 18 inches
below a towel ring so a hand towel can hang freely. Towel Bars Standard
towel bar lengths are 18 and 24 inches. Hang the bar at a comfortable
height of 48 inches above the floor, making sure to leave enough
space below the bars for towels to hang freely. If the towel bar
is hung in a children's bath, hang the bar at a height of 36 inches.
In either case, be sure to consider the location of electrical switches
and outlets when hanging your towel bars.
To add a stylish element to the bath, double towel bars are an ideal
accessory. In addition, double towel bars are perfect for a family
bath, as a number of towels can be hung on the accessory.
Paper Holders Today's bath accessory collections include a variety
of paper holder options, including traditional wall-mounted, spring-loaded
styles; pivoting paper holders and free-standing paper holders.
Determining the style for your bath is a matter of taste and price.
"For example, a free-standing paper holder is ideal in a bath where
you don't want to drill into tile or cabinetry," explained Bauer.
CSI recently innovated the paper holder category by introducing
a unique pivoting paper holder -- a spring-free product that features
a pivoting arm and an easy-load format. CSI introduced this accessory
in a number of its new spring collections, including its Stockton
line, which features elegant, detailed lines and decorative finials
-- ideal for a traditionally styled bath.
Tooth Brush Holders/Cup Holders/Soap Dish vs. Shelves.
To make sure your bath looks organized and clutter-free, use your
best judgment in determining the proper number or accessories for
your bath. A general rule is two-to-three counter accessories, such
as a tooth brush holder, cup holder and soap dish. If your bath
is small, or features a pedestal sink, you should choose mounted
styles, or perhaps a glass shelf. Shelves can be a handy, space-efficient
alternative to cabinets and are also a good place to display decorative
items, such as votive candles or potpourri.
Easy as 1-2-3 You've picked the finish, style and number of accessories
to match your bathroom décor.
Now it's time for installation -- which is an easier task than
most believe. To ensure an accessory is mounted in the proper location,
some manufacturers, such as Creative Specialties International,
offer an installation template with each product. The template can
be hung and taped to the wall, giving the consumer the exact location
of where the accessory should be mounted. "Thanks to the new templates
and mounting hardware, the installation process has been streamlined
dramatically," explained Bauer. "That's why you can change the look
of your bathroom in less than a few hours. It's the perfect project
for a springtime rainy afternoon." Once the template has been hung,
the second step is to make sure the template is level and the accessories
are in a desirable position. Lastly, position the mounting bracket
over the paper template. After it is in position, screw the self-tapping
dry wall screws (which are included with the accessories) directly
into the dry wall. After the mounting brackets are in place, the
accessories can be positioned over the brackets and tightened with
a simple set screw.
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