When it comes to extravagance, the bathroom is the one place in the house where homeowners are most likely to lay it on. But even if you don't want to spring for a spa-style tub or custom-built steam shower, you can still add style and personality with affordable accessories. Streamlined or sculptural, vintage or contemporary, in antique bronze or gleaming chrome, trimmed with leather or crystal, there's a suite of hardware that's right for your space. And you don't have to stop at coordinating your towel rack with your toilet-paper holder; bath accoutrements are increasingly offered as part of collections that also include faucets, showerheads, even toilet-tank levers. Plus, installing a few well-placed hooks and bars can significantly improve functionality and comfort as it unifies the look of a room, all in the space of an afternoon. Here are some choices to get you started.
If you're the type that likes to be surrounded
by nature when nature calls, then consider leaf-sculpted accessories from designer Michael Aram. The oxidized bronze is a "living" finish that will develop a patina over time. Towel bar, about $45; ring, $20; toilet-paper holder, $25; soap dish, $20; Michael Aram