If you’re not sure where to start when looking at bathroom sets here is our easy buying guide for choosing accessories which will look great in your bathroom.
1. Consider What You Need
As bathroom sets come in all different combinations of items from just a few items to everything you could possibly want to use in your bathroom, think about what you need before you begin looking. What is essential for you and what would you be paying for in a set that you really don’t need or want?
Consider which of the following items would be essential, useful or nice to have
- soap dish
- toothbrush mug or holder
- lotion bottle
- storage pots or jars
- tissue box cover
- toilet roll holder
- shower curtain
- bath mat
2. Think about Color and Materials
If you have not yet chosen a color scheme for your bathroom you will have more choice. However if you already have your paint and tile colors in mind you can just look at the options which will suit your bathroom decor. One thing to remember is to consider whether your bathroom falls in the warm color range (think creams, terracotta, wood, gold and other natural colors) or whether you are looking at cool clear shades (think white, grey, black and chrome). The former would look good with wooden or cream accessories while the latter would be better with white, clear glass or stainless steel.
3. Set a Budget
Consider how much you have to spend on your bathroom set so that you don’t go looking at sets which are way over budget. But do be open to something which is truly spectacular. It is pointless spending thousands remodeling your bathroom and then losing the opportunity to enhance it with something great. You also don’t want to go too cheap and make your bathroom look awful with ugly white or colored plastic bath accessory set.
4. Go Browsing
Take a look at the many options available online to get ideas. Chances are you will come across something you love and if it meets your requirements for price, color and make up of items then you may just want to order it otherwise create a short list of your favorites.
5. Evaluate Your Short List
Match your favorite bath sets against the following criteria
- Is the bathroom set within budget?
- Does it include all the items you want?
- Will you use all the items that are included?
- Can you buy items individually?
- Are the colors in keeping with your bathroom color scheme or the kind of look you might like for your bathroom if you have not decided on one yet?
- Does the price include shipping charges?
- How quickly can you have the bathroom accessory set delivered?
6. Choose and Make your Order
Make your final choice from the bathroom sets on your short list, make your order and then all you have to do is wait for your bathroom accessories to arrive and make your bathroom great!
If you are planning a new bathroom color scheme it is useful to think about where bathroom sets fit into the picture because you truly can get them in every color but sometimes it’s worth starting with a set of accessories and building your bathroom color scheme around that.
You’d think it would be easier to start with the big areas such as tiles or flooring (once you have chosen your main bathroom fittings) but that’s not always the case when you want something special. The thing is the tendency is to go for neutral colors in these areas which don’t add much to your (inevitably) white sink, bath tub and toilet and then you have lost an opportunity to make a great scheme.
Think above all about the effect you want to create with your bathroom before you choose your colors.
All white accessories have a classic go-with-everything feel but you have to be careful that they are not just a little too boring especially if you have an all white bathroom. Could being a little more daring with your soap dish and toothbrush mug give your bathroom a much needed boost?Similarly a chrome bathroom set goes well with chrome shower fittings and faucets or taps but if you want something a bit more colorful, how about these ideas?
- a blue mosaic bathroom set incorporating turquoise, royal and navy shades goes well with many bathrooms and you can use the blue colors to match up towels and other accessories without being too limited with your choice.
- a wooden bathroom set goes great with either cream or white and can help give your bathroom a colonial feel especially if you complete it with wooden shutters or blinds and some large green plants.
- a bright lime green bathroom set can look good in a fun bathroom. Think shower curtains decorated with cartoon frogs.
- a set of red accessories would look good in a pure white bathroom and a red bathroom set could be teamed with other colors such as navy blue for a nautical look or with green (think summer poppies in a vase).
- a black bathroom set can be effective for a monochromatic look which can be very sophisticated. It is also reminiscent of the art-deco era. Think black and white tiles on the floor and thirties shaped bathroom fittings.
Apart from these color ideas there are also many bathroom accessory sets available locally and online with decorative and fun motifs. Have fun exploring what is out there from dolphins to cartoon characters (great for kids’ bathrooms). Simply choose from the huge range of bathroom sets out there and you can add a new lease of life to your bathroom, matching your tiles and flooring to your new theme.
Here are some questions that have been asked about bathroom sets. If you don’t find the answers on this page, you can contact us with a question (see Contact Us link below)
Q. I have a granite counter top in my bathroom. What kind of accessories would go with this?
A. A granite counter top is generally in the cool end of the color spectrum so I would choose chrome, white china or stainless steel accessories.
Q. How far is too far with matching items in a bathroom accessory set?
A. Well it depends on a number of things. In particular how large the room is and therefore how close together the items are. A lot of items matching can be overpowering in a small bathroom but would not be a problem in a large one.
In any case, it almost always looks good to have matching soap dish, toothbrush holder, toilet roll holder and lotion bottle so I wouldn’t worry about going that far in any bathroom. And you can generally have a matching wastebasket because that is down on the floor and separated from the other items.
Where you have to take care especially in a small room is if you have all your curtains or blinds, shower curtains, towels and the bath accessories I listed above all matching – that would be a step too far in my opinion but it’s also a question of what you like. It is YOUR bathroom and you get to choose!
In some instances, and you can see this in some of the sets displayed on this site, manufacturers have tackled this issue for you by creating items that tone in well without being overpoweringly similar.
Q. Where can I buy bathroom sets?
A. I would browse around online – you will find a whole lot of them and you can shop conveniently 24 by 7 every day of the year from your sofa! Also take a look at the sets displayed here for some great bathroom accessories at reasonable prices.
Q. I have had a separate bathroom built for my kids. Can you buy bathroom accessories with a kids’ theme?
A. Yes, there are some lovely accessories available just for kids and you can create a very attractive bright room for them full of color. I have seen a lovely bathroom set with ducks on it but there are also other “non-ducky” themes and some great shower curtains and accessories with cartoon characters which suit older kids too. Think about pictures on the walls and bright soft fluffy towels and a bath mat for splashes of color too. By the way make sure the bathroom sets you are considering for your kids are shatter-proof because broken glass or china can be dangerously sharp.keep looking »