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Top 7 stylish bathroom accessories: Must-have bathroom decor to elevate your space

An often neglected room of the home when it comes to styling is the bathroom but with just a few stylish pieces, you can give your bathroom a fresh new feel.

Replacing your bathroom decor is one of the most affordable ways to update your bathroom and there’s no shortage of fabulous and affordable products to choose from.

Here are our must-have stylish bathroom accessories!

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1. Tray or trivet

We talk all the time about how using a tray or trivet is an excellent way to elevate your interior styling! They create the perfect base for styled arrangements ā€” instantly making a collection of small objects look as though they’ve been thoughtfully placed and belong.

There are plenty of styles and materials of trays on the market now, including travertine, marble, terrazzo, shell inlay, resin, bamboo and concrete. Find our favourites below or be inspired to DIY your own.

Placing luxe bathroom accessories on a tray is one of our favourite bathroom vanity decor ideas. It also looks just as good by the bathtub on a small stool or side table.

Shop our favourite trays and trivets

Terrazzo square tray
Terrazzo square tray
Marble tray
Marble tray
Marble tray
Marble tray
White concrete tray
White concrete tray
Terrazzo square tray
Terrazzo square tray
Marble tray
Marble tray
Marble tray
Marble tray
White concrete tray
White concrete tray
Terrazzo square tray
Terrazzo square tray
Marble tray
Marble tray
Marble tray
Marble tray
White concrete tray
White concrete tray

2. Hand wash

The days of having to transfer your hand wash into a pump vessel are over since hand wash bottles have become decor pieces in their own right. This product is front and centre on your vanity. So if you’re decorating your bathroom on a budget, we suggest spending a little on a hand wash that will elevate your bathroom. Find our round up of the best hand washes here.

Of course, if you prefer a soap dispenser, you can find these in so many colours and materials. Our faves are those in earthy colours and materials, such as sage green or travertine.

Green tone bathroom styling
Loving this green colour story in our Griffith bathroom project | See all photos here

3. Pots or hanging planters

Plants are a good idea in any room of the home ā€” especially the bathroom. Whether it’s a small pot plant on your vanity, a freestanding pot by the bath or a hanging planter, you really can’t go wrong!

These are the top plants that thrive in a bathroom, including our fave Devil’s Ivy which is so easy to propagate.

If you lack a green thumb, you can also use artificial plants for the same visual impact. Check out our round up of the best places to buy fake plants online.

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Terrazzo outdoor planter
Terrazzo outdoor planter
Ribbed ceramic planter
Ribbed ceramic planter
Seagrass hanging planter
Seagrass hanging planter
Ceramic pink pot
Ceramic pink pot
Pot and plant stand
Pot and plant stand
Planter stand
Planter stand
Seagrass plant stands
Seagrass plant stands
Two set white pots
Two set white pots
Terrazzo outdoor planter
Terrazzo outdoor planter
Ribbed ceramic planter
Ribbed ceramic planter
Seagrass hanging planter
Seagrass hanging planter
Ceramic pink pot
Ceramic pink pot
Pot and plant stand
Pot and plant stand
Planter stand
Planter stand
Seagrass plant stands
Seagrass plant stands
Two set white pots
Two set white pots
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Image via @bettina_brent

4. Towels

You would have heard us say before that towels can be like art for your bathroom. Add a pop of colour and softness to your space with patterned, textured or colourful towels. Because switching your towels and bath mat is one of the easiest ways to freshen up your bathroom.

To elevate the look of your bathroom, you can also try different towel folding techniques. We share easy step-by-step instructions with photos to master 2 of the most popular towel folding styling ideas.

Towels can be like art for your bathroom
We love how these checkered towels add pattern to the bathroom in our Style Curator studio. Find more check home decor ideas here

5. Candles

When they’re burning, candles provide ambient lighting and will fill your space with a heavenly scent… and when they’re not, they make for a fab small bathroom decor piece. Perfect for placing on the vanity or keeping in the bath niche ready for your next relaxing soak. A small candle in your shower niche or ledge is also one of our favourite shower decor ideas. Team it with a luxe body brush for a perfect bathroom styling moment. Find some of our favourite candles here or check out this DIY to make your own.

Candle burning in bathroom

6. Stool or bath tray

It’s hard to see a bathroom in a magazine that doesn’t have this styling essential! Stools work especially well near a bath to hold body products, candle, book and other items you want within easy reach. Alternatively, you can find some great bath trays on the market now or make your own.

Bath trays are functional and stylish bathroom accessories
A bath tray is one of our favourite bathroom decor items

7. Art

We get asked all the time if art in the bathroom is a good idea and we say, why not?! Of course, we wouldn’t go placing expensive artist prints or canvases in the space as moisture from daily showers could damage them. But if you have some affordable wall art or other bathroom wall decor that makes you happy, and won’t be damaged from moisture, why not fill a blank wall or rest one or two along a ledge in your space?

Installing wall shelves is becoming increasingly popular in bathroom decorating again and this is the perfect spot to rest one or two smaller artworks. This is also one of our fave cheap bathroom ideas for small bathrooms where you need additional storage.

These are our favourite bathroom decor ideas but the list goes on! You may like to check out our article on top 50 home decor for more suggestions, such as using an abstract statue, colourful bath mat, wooden side table by the bath, vase of flowers, stylish body brushes and more. Whatever stylish bathroom accessories you use, check out our bathroom styling tips here.

More bathroom inspo

Bathroom decor
Creating a small styled arrangement or vignette on a tray like this is a beautiful way to decorate your bathroom

Disclaimer: This post was first published in August 2020 and continues to be updated with latest information and images. It contains some affiliate links. This means that when you click on a link and purchase something from that site, we may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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