Decorative Bath Decor
Think the Garden of Eden or the Roman Baths. Your bathroom, guest bathroom, or powder room can be one of the most fun rooms in the house to decorate. Although, we take bathroom sets (like toilets, sinks and bathtubs) for granted, a decorative bath was not always the way it is today.
In the Middle Ages, baths were public places for socializing, celebrating, swimming gossip, etc. Kind of like modern day health clubs. However, when the plagues came, baths went out of fashion.
Don't tell your kids but King Louis the XVI (1754-1793) is said to have had only two baths in his life, both leading to him getting sick. Luckily, there was revolution in bathing around the time of the French Revolution. In Paris in 1790, there were 150 baths but by 1800 there were 300. Neverthless, bathing and bathrooms weren't exactly de rigueur. An 1801 survey showed that among 66 mansions, only 21 had private bathrooms. Too bad, I would have liked to see the decorative bath at a place like Fountainbleu.
Queen Elizabeth had a bathroom. The flush toilet was invented for her in 1596 but it was not until the end of the 19th century that the invention began to appear in British homes. (Even today, the British are not known for their bathroom plumbing or their decorative bath decor.)
Leave it to Benjamin Franklin to bring the basics of bathroom decor to this country. He brought the first bathtub to America and used to write in the bathtub. Early to bed, early to rise. When did he get into the bathtub? It wasn't about a decorative bath for him. It was more functional than that.
It was not until 1810 that the first 3 piece bathroom set arrived in America(toilet, tub and sink). And not until 1851 that The White House had a bathroom set, for which Millard Fillmore was widely criticized. Such spending excess! Imagine, a decorative bathroom set! What the tabloids would have done with that.
You don't have to be a President, a King or a decorator, or excessive, to have a decorative bath. Afterall, most bathrooms are quite small compared to other rooms. That make decorating them a fun project you can tackle in a weekend. Our decorative hooks, designer shower curtains, tub mats and mirrored waste baskets make it easy to have a decorative bath.
Bathroom Accessories As Seen In...
Decorative Things has been making bathroom accessories for many years. Our bathroom decor has been featured in Elle Decor, Domino, House and Garden, House Beautiful, Real Simple, Country Living and others. Our signature bathroom sets are wastebaskets and vanity trays made of fabric. But we've branched out to mirrored bathroom accessories and cork accessories too. Our mirrored wastebaskets and mirrored tissue box covers are totally glam but are also quite neutral. Mirrored bathroom accessories really go with almost any decorative bath decorating schemes.
Once you've picked out a wastebasket, other bathroom decor can orbit around it. Our selection of Caspari guest towels is broad enough to go with almost any of our wastebaskets. Creating a decorative bath can be all about how you mix and match bathroom accessories. Our black and white Pierre Frey stripe guest towels are super with the mirrored wastebaskets and the green John Derian ferns look great with them too. Putting fern guest towels with mirror makes it look like you have plants in your bathroom decor.
Whether it's a hot bath or a cold shower, decorative bath accessories add to the experience and help make your bathroom decor, refreshing, rejuvenating and refined. There are complete books about different bathroom decorating styles. Marble, cedar, tile, brass, silver, the materials are endless and absorbing. Ahhhh...bathing is a wonderful ritual. A decorative bath is something you can appreciate every day. But don't forget, the whole point of all this decorating is to enjoy the simplicity of a bath. Sometimes an outdoor shower is the best of all.