Create Counter Space
If you don’t have a windowsill or ledge nearby, you can still make a place to put a book or beverage. Position a small standing shelf or table near the side of the tub, or invest in a caddy—designer Amy Sklar will sometimes use a wood cheeseboard as a makeshift one. “I love a special spot to put a candle or nice glass of wine, but I don’t always love the way traditional tub caddies look, so my secret source is the kitchen section,” she says. “Cheeseboards are much more chic.”
Pull Up a Seat
Your bathroom should be a place to relax and unwind, so make it an area that you can actually spend some time in by adding a place to sit. Find a garden stool or chair for a convenient place to kick back when you’re waiting for the tub to fill or you’re drying off. “Small stools of various heights are great to use,” online decorating site NousDecor’s Chief Designer, Mark Cutler, says. “I especially like to introduce natural textures, like wicker or carved wood—these pieces can make a dramatic statement.”
Bring Nature In
Add some life to your calming oasis with flowers, plants, and herbs. There are tons of potted plants that thrive in the humidity of a bathroom and keep the air clean. And, as Jessica McCarthy of the interior design site, Decorist, points out, due to the general moisture of this room, the plants will require less maintenance. And if you’re worried about where to fit one, they can really go anywhere. “Find unique places in your bathroom to add plants like the ledge of your tub,” McCarthy suggests.
Brighten Your Supplies
Instead of a standard bath items, upgrade for some chic-looking soaps and towels that will make your bath feel more luxe. “I chose fun accessories in bright colors to let the tub shine,” Designer Karen Vidal says (see the gorgeous Turkish bath towels in the photo). “I love to use beautiful soaps and sponges to decorate a niche.” In the below bath she added sumptuous patterned towels and a ceramic vase to accent the white tub and bold tile.