When you think of redesigning your bathroom, you probably imagine swapping out old tile, updating a light fixture, or even getting a new toilet. What you might not realize is that it’s actually your bathroom accessories that totally set the tone for the space.
In most bathrooms, metal accessories make the most sense. Wood can be beautiful, but you do need to pay attention to how well it's been sealed so it stands up to the wettest room in your house. Plastic could work, but it’s not going to be as sturdy, or look as nice, as a metal accessory would.
Typically, silver-toned bathroom accessories have been the go-to metal for bathroom accessories, but there are a variety of metals available now to turn up the style of your remodel. Warm metal accents like gold, copper, or bronze complement a neutral space or bring in an unexpected shot of pizzazz. You see this often in mid-century homes - gold, in particular, is a popular accent in mid-century pieces in general - as well as modern bathrooms and homes.
More, you see those same warm metal accessories in upscale restaurants and cafés as well as Hollywood regency bathrooms. There’s something welcoming and timeless about a gold, copper, or bronze accessory. Metal accents in these tones typically pair best with modern, minimalistic, or monotone rooms. In heavily contrasted scenarios, such as white-on-white tile or black-on-white design, metals in unexpected shades really command attention.
What accessories do you need?
When it comes to putting your bathroom together, you might feel a little intimidated by everything you need to complete your project. However, for the most part, you should think in terms of replacement and utility. Most of the accessories you need will probably already be in your bathroom. Otherwise, if you’re starting from scratch, think of what you want within reach for each task, and design from there.
Here are some examples of accessories you could use:
Tissue paper holders
Shower curtain rods
Shower curtain rings
Toilet tank levers
Though there are so many options for these accessories, consider two things when you purchase them:
Start with a statement piece and then build around it. Choose a faucet you love and then buy accessories that either from the same collection or at least go with it well.
Ensure that you’re not making every single thing in your bathroom the accent metal color. It is supposed to standout for a reason — it needs contrast (neutral, white, wood, etc.) to draw attention.
Next, take a look at some inspiration photos. Notice how these designers utilized a contrasting metal against neutral colors or a minimalistic base. Also take note of what they decided to accent — perhaps the nozzle of a bathtub temperature regulator, or the faucet, but nothing else. There’s plenty to draw inspiration from, especially given that warm metal accents are so on trend.
Once you have a bit more direction for where you’d like to go with your bathroom look, consider some of our favorite gold, copper, and bronze accessories:
Gold & Copper Tissue Paper Holders
You might think that your tissue paper isn’t a big part of your bathroom design, but consider your holder in an accent color; it can totally change the look of your bathroom. You and everyone else who uses your bathroom will definitely take notice.
Gold & Copper Towel Rings
Your towel ring is an important feature in the bathroom because it’s one that you and your guests will see and use most frequently. Towel rings are designed to hold hand towels, as opposed to towel bars, which are meant for bath towels. You typically position the towel ring near the sink for easy access.
Gold & Copper Shelving
Last, your shelving can be a really important feature for a bathroom, not only because it increases storage space, but it also gives you the opportunity to add a functional and beautiful accessory. In this case, it’s another opportunity to add an accent metal.