Whether we care to think about it or not, one of the most important rooms in the home is the bathroom. It is the one room that all of our guests are likely to visit at one time or another.
For that reason, attention to detail in decorating that room is just as important as any other room in the house. Paint colors or wallpaper, furnishings, wall art and accessories should be chosen to fit the theme of the room. Most of all, the linens should be coordinated to match.
Unfortunately, many people cannot find or simply can’t afford the luxury linens they want for their bathrooms. Like me, they get frustrated having to settle for second, third or even fourth best.
However, that doesn’t have to be the case. It is possible to decorate linens to fit just about any bathroom theme. Here are favorite ideas that I have used over the years.
Mix and match various colors and textures to create a unique linen design. Pull coordinating or accent colors out of the bath’s shower or window curtains, the wallpaper or even the tile.
Use different weights and fabrics for towels and wash cloths. If you can’t find what you want, make your own with fabric that can be found at any craft store.
Hang some of your bathroom linens up and roll others, putting them into metal or wicker baskets. Let them become a part of the overall decor; not just utilitarian objects.
Embroider, crewel or cross-stitch bathroom linens with your family’s initials, a motivational word (e.g., hope, love, or laugh) a favorite saying (e.g., Home is Where the Heart Is) or even a pattern or design. Let the embroidered towels stand on their own or mix them with some of the other decorative options included herein.
Add fabric to towels. Choose a fabric that matches or coordinates with the shower or bath curtains.
Stitch it on by hand or use a sewing machine. If you don’t sew, use iron-on fusible webbing to secure the fabric in place. Be sure to follow the fusible webbing instructions provided with the product so that it will last the desired length of time.
Accent towels with ribbon or braiding. Grosgrain ribbon works best for this purpose; however, silk ribbon can also be chosen as long as it is washable. For braiding, choose the same type that is used for decorative pillows since it usually launders well. Sew everything into place or use fusible iron-on strips that can easily be found in most craft stores.
Use ribbon flowers and insects to decorate your linens. Create your own unique pattern or use a pre-created design from a magazine or pattern book. Hand-sew everything into place or use washable fabric glue.
Add beading to towels. This can be done alone or in conjunction with other decorative designs like ribbon or braiding.
Attach metalwork pieces such as old coins, broken broaches and other decorative jewelry pieces. These work well for this purpose. Be sure the items chosen are not too heavy for the linen fabric and be sure to secure everything into place.
Consider adding Scotch Guard or some other form of fabric protectant to your linens. This will help prevent them from collecting dust and also make them easier to clean.
Wash decorative linens by hand or on delicate cycle in the washer in order to preserve them. Lay flat to dry.