Dry yourself off post-bath with a supremely self-indulgent towel—or even better, a super-size bath sheet. Look for smooth-as-silk yet ultra-absorbent organic Egyptian or Turkish cotton toweling. A ring spun towel is the softest and most durable you can buy, with a price tag to match. Bath towels embellished with beautiful borders look modern right now, though if you have sensitive skin, do try to check these out in person—some types of edging, such as ribbon, can feel irritating. To welcome visitors to your updated powder room, make plenty of pretty hand towels available; layer two or three coordinating colors for an attractive effect.
Your brand new rain shower is all about pampering. Even when you leave the stall, continue the theme of sensory gratification as you slip into a delightfully thick terry or fleece robe. High-quality cotton is the traditional icon of after-bath lusciousness, but if the robe’s fabric is viscose woven out of bamboo (yes, it is extremely absorbent), you’ll have the added comfort of its insulating properties, which will keep you cooler in summertime and warmer in winter. Take your pick of lengths and hooded or shawl collared styles.
Speaking of showers, if you decided to forgo acrylic doors or walk-in style in your shower remodel, you’ll need some kind of curtain to contain the spray. Your shower curtain will occupy a substantial expanse of bathroom space, so pick out one which is sure to make you happy. For a compact bath, a gorgeous solid or crisp, small-scale motif that won’t overwhelm is best. In a larger room, you have more leeway, so try a boldly on-trend geo-print, a dramatic ombre effect or an oversized artistic graphic. Don’t forget to select your favorite type of fabric—waffle weave, ruffled, taffeta and real linen are a few of the myriad possibilities.
What could be more pleasurable than the feel of pile carpet under your toes as you step out of your just-installed soaker tub? While wall-to-wall bathroom carpeting can definitely be a drag to keep free of dirt, odor and mold, why not go for a plush but practical area rug that can be tossed into the washing machine on a regular basis? Microfiber bath rugs are highly absorbent, yet quick to dry, minimizing the possibility of mildew. Mini carpets enhanced with memory foam offer the ultimate in comfort. For style’s sake, dress up your bath floor with chevron stripes or a pleasing pebble pattern … and for safety’s sake, be sure that you purchase a non-skid style.