Down with chrome - the hunt for alternative bathroom accessories

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a rather lovely toilet roll holder, which featured as my hero product that week (take a look here if you missed it). The holder, plus the fact that I have just finished a new bathroom installation, really got me thinking about bathroom accessories and how bloody boring they can be.

When looking for those bathroom essentials such as towel rings, pedal bins, loo roll holders and bathmats the choice out there is really limited. When you have spent a good chunk of money on a new suite, fabulous tiles and the perfect mirror, why then do you have to sacrifice your style and add standard chrome fittings to complete the room?  I say you shouldn't have to and yet that is all that is on offer at the majority of retailers out there.

SO I am taking a stand this morning and sharing some of my favourite alternative bathroom fittings, to save your bathroom from death by chrome...


  1. Toilet roll holders - not the most exciting things, so you would think, but I have found three which are just perfect. This brass and walnut one is from Holly's House, £28.50
  2. This holder is the black version of the one above. They also do this same style in a larger size, perfect as a towel ring
  3. Finally in the toilet roll section, this gem is from Ikea and costs just £2.90
  4. Towel rings are infinitely difficult to find in anything other than chrome, so instead I am going rogue and propose choosing some decorative hooks for your towels instead. This marble hook set is from Anthropolgie priced at £42, or £24 for a single hook version. Perfect with a couple of small hamman towels draped off them
  5. Copper and marble continue to be the materials du jour and this toilet roll brush perfectly combines both to make something which is typically quite, ahem, nasty to something of beauty. It's from Dwell and hold a fairly hefty price tag of £65
  6. I love the simplicity of this swing bin which would work perfectly in so many schemes - this one is also from Dwell and costs £24.95
  7. Another toilet roll brush, this time made from natural materials birchwood and concrete. I love this - totally simplistic but high on design creds. Definitely on my wish list. You can get this one from Amara for £45.25
  8. Finally a bathmat that I can actually get excited about. Having an actual sheepskin rug in the bathroom can only be described as unhygienic, as I imagine they just breed things when they get damp. This cotton version, cut into the shape of a hide is just perfect and adds the perfect amount of quirk and cosiness to the bathroom. I #need this one. From Urban Outfitters for £25
There you have it. I would love to know if you have spotted any other great bathroom accessories out there - I am on a one woman mission to find them now.

H x

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