How to Choose the Right Bathroom Accessories and Fixtures

Bathroom accessories

Your bathroom is a space where you start and end your day, so why not make it a place of comfort and beauty? Bathrooms may not offer the design flexibility of other rooms in a house, but there’s ample room for creativity when it comes to accessorizing.

Bathrooms typically consist of a shower, sink, mirror, storage shelf, and toilet. So, unless you completely remodel this area, there is hardly too much more you can do with it. The good news, however, is that you have unlimited options when it comes to bathroom accessories.

If you want to achieve an entirely different look, you can cleverly play with colors, lights, and other accessories to blow your client’s mind away! In this post, we tell you how to choose the right bathroom accessories and fixtures.

Assess Your Needs and Space

Before diving into the world of bathroom fixtures and accessories, take a moment to assess your needs and the available space. Here are some essential factors to consider:

Bathroom Storage Space

Bathroom Storage SpaceSource: Anne Linde
Bathroom Storage Space

Is your bathroom lacking in storage? Do you find yourself struggling to keep your toiletries organized? If so, you’ll want to focus on bathroom storage solutions. Consider adding shelves, cabinets, or even floating storage units to keep your bathroom clutter-free.

Every bathroom requires effective storage for toiletries, towels, and essentials. Start by assessing the available space and then plan your storage solutions accordingly.

Bathroom Storage Ideas

Bathroom Storage IdeasSource: Wisdom Istone
Bath Tub

In smaller bathrooms where bathtubs may not fit, consider stylish enclosed shower spaces. Enhance these areas with elegant faucets, showers, and curtains to add a touch of sophistication. If you have more space to work with, explore options like freestanding bathtubs:

  • Clawfoot Tubs: Clawfoot tubs have a traditional design and are raised from the floor.
  • Pedestal Tubs: Sit on a pedestal base and come in both traditional and modern styles.
  • Corner Tubs: Provide a cozy feel with their back against the wall.
  • Specialized Tubs: Some tubs offer features like air systems and whirlpool/Jacuzzi systems.
  • Unique Tubs: Stand on their own on the bathroom floor.

Choose from various bathtub materials, such as fiberglass, stone, marble, or ceramic tile, based on your client’s preferences and budget.

Bathroom Size and Layout

The size and layout of your bathroom will greatly influence your accessory choices. In a small bathroom, space-saving accessories are key, while a spacious bathroom allows for more creative freedom in your selections.

User Preferences

Who will be using the bathroom? Are there specific preferences or requirements to accommodate family members, guests, or children?

Choose Bathroom Colors to Create a Coordinated Look

Bathroom ColorsSource: Profilo Smart
Bathroom Colors

Once you’ve identified your bathroom’s needs, it’s time to create a cohesive design that ties everything together. Choose a color scheme that resonates with your bathroom’s overall design. Coordinating your accessories with the existing color palette can create a harmonious look.

Opt for muted and pale colors over bright or neon shades, as they create a serene atmosphere. Limit your color palette to no more than three dominant colors to avoid overwhelming the small space. Remember that understated decor works best in bathrooms due to their limited size.

Define Your Bathroom Design and Aesthetics

Your bathroom should reflect your personal style. Do you lean towards a modern, minimalist look, a classic and traditional design, or something in between? Having a clear vision will make it easier to select items that fit your design concept.

Bathroom design can be any one of the following:

Minimalist Simple Bathroom Design

bathroom designSource: Technova
Minimalist Simple Bathroom Design

As the term suggests, this type of design looks elegant yet sophisticated. It’s clean and bold, with just a couple of standalone accessories that make a statement on their own. Minimalist design makes the space look classier and more expensive in spite of its sheer starkness.

Cozy Bathroom

This design has a gentle, warm, and inviting touch to it. The colors, patterns, and accessories used in this case are gentle and blend well with each other to give that soothing, relaxing feel to the space.

Contemporary Bathroom Design

These bathrooms are designed to look chic and stylish. They never feature garish colors or shades and aim to bring a feel of utter opulence. To reinforce that touch of luxury, the accessories may include a rich-looking cupboard, plush rugs, artwork, quaint lights, or even vases, shelves, and other curios.

Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom LightingSource: Profilo Smart
Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom lighting is often overlooked but plays a crucial role in setting the mood. Ensure a well-lit space with both natural and artificial lighting. Choose fixtures that create an inviting and warm atmosphere without being overly extravagant.

Consult with your client to understand their desired bathroom ambiance and tailor the lighting accordingly. Generally speaking, you need to fix at least one overhead light (fixed or suspended) and a bright enough light just above the mirror.

Prioritize Functionality

Functionality is key. Ensure that the accessories and products you choose align with the practical needs of your bathroom:

  • Toilet: Select a toilet that fits your bathroom size and style preference, considering factors like one-piece vs. two-piece and flushing mechanisms.
  • Shower/Bathtub: Decide if you want a shower, bathtub, or a combination. Think about water-saving and safety features.
  • Sink and Vanity: Choose a sink and vanity with ample storage that matches your bathroom’s style.
  • Faucets and Fixtures: Opt for fixtures that enhance the overall look and include features like water efficiency and ease of use.

Essential Bathroom Accessories

AlabastroSource: A Casa K
Aurelia Marble And Brass Toilet Brush CleanerSource: The Decor Remedy
BinarySource: Vogue UK
Speckled Bath SetSource: Casa Decor
Small Bathroom Wall MirrorSource: OMK 1965

Now, let’s delve into the essential bathroom accessories that can truly transform your space:

Shower Curtains and Liners

Shower curtains are not only functional but also a great way to add a pop of color or pattern to your bathroom. Look for curtains that reflect your personal style and enhance the overall ambiance.

Towel Bars and Hooks

Proper towel storage is essential for keeping your bathroom tidy. Install towel bars and hooks at varying heights to accommodate different towel sizes and heights. This not only adds functionality but also visual interest.

Soap Dispensers and Dishes

Keep your soap organized and within reach with stylish soap dispensers and dishes. Choose options that complement your bathroom’s design, whether you prefer modern, rustic, or traditional styles.


A well-lit, high-quality mirror is a must for any bathroom. The right mirror can enhance your daily grooming routine and make your bathroom feel more spacious. Consider illuminated mirrors for added convenience.

Toilet Accessories

Upgrade your toilet brush holder and tissue dispenser to match the overall aesthetic of your bathroom. These small details can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of your space.

Personalize Your Space with Bathroom Decor

Bathroom Wall DecorSource: Jacuzzi
Bathroom Wall Decor

To truly make your bathroom unique, consider adding personal touches that reflect your style and personality:

Bathroom Wall Decor and Art

Add framed art, decals, or decorative shelving to your bathroom walls. These elements can serve as focal points and express your individuality. Consider waterproof art for added durability.

Bathroom Plants

Introduce greenery to your bathroom to create a serene atmosphere. Plants not only purify the air but also add a touch of nature to your space. Select low-maintenance varieties suitable for a bathroom environment.

Bathroom Rugs and Mats

Choose soft and absorbent rugs and mats that not only provide comfort but also complement your bathroom’s decor in households with children or elderly individuals. Consider rugs with interesting textures or patterns to add visual interest to your bathroom floor.

Maintenance and Durability

bathroom light fixturesSource: Industville
Bathroom Lighting

When selecting bathroom accessories, it’s important to think about long-term maintenance and durability:

  • Easy-to-Clean Materials: Opt for materials that are easy to clean and maintain. Accessories made of glass, metal, or plastic are typically easier to wipe down and keep looking fresh. Consider how well each accessory will withstand daily use and moisture.
  • Quality Over Quantity: It’s better to invest in a few high-quality accessories that will stand the test of time than to fill your bathroom with cheap, disposable items. Quality accessories not only last longer but also contribute to a more upscale look and feel.


By following these steps, you can create a bathroom that not only meets your practical needs but also reflects your unique style and preferences. Whether you’re aiming for a spa-like oasis or a functional family bathroom, a thoughtful selection of bathroom accessories and fixtures will transform your space into a sanctuary of comfort and beauty. With the huge variety of options available to you, accessorizing your bathroom will be a pleasurable experience. Only take care to ensure that you plan in advance, and never use colors and materials that are too bright or too bold.

image sources

  • Showcase-2: Anne Linde
  • Diva: Wisdom Istone
  • Bathroom-colors: Profilo Smart
  • Modulo: Technova
  • Bathroom-lighting: Profilo Smart
  • Alabastro: A Casa K
  • Aurelia-Marble-And-Brass-Toilet-Brush-Cleaner: The Decor Remedy
  • Binary: Vogue UK
  • Speckled Bath Set: Casa Decor
  • Small-Bathroom-Wall-Mirror: OMK 1965
  • Contento-1: Jacuzzi
  • Brooklyn-Bathroom-Globe-Pendant: Industville
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