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Bath Linens

Because bathrooms often have neutral color schemes, one of the best ways to add some flavor and color is through the use of bath linens. By merely swapping out your bath mats and towels for newer, brighter models, you can easily turn a bland bathroom into a relaxing spa retreat or a colorful, kid-friendly haven. Here's how to effectively decorate with bath towels, bath mats and shower curtains.

What type of material is best for my bath towels?

Have you ever wondered why one towel is fluffy and soft, while another is heavier and denser? The material factors in, of course, but also of importance is the kind of yarn used. Light and fluffy bath sheets have a longer pile and are constructed using low-twist yarn. Heavier, denser bath sheets have a high-twist yarn and shorter piles, making them perfect for absorbing moisture. While the options for towel materials are numerous, here are the most effective and popular materials:
• Egyptian cotton: The fibers of this luxurious material are extra long, creating an extra-plush feel.
• Turkish cotton: This superabsorbent and plush cotton is the pinnacle of luxury. With even longer fibers than Egyptian cotton towels, Turkish cotton towels are thicker, softer and more absorbent.
• Terry cloth: This affordable natural fiber is extremely absorbent and makes a great material not only for a set of bath sheets but also for a cozy bathrobe.
• Bamboo: If you’re looking for an ecofriendly natural material, bamboo is for you. Bonuses of bamboo towels include antimicrobial qualities, super-absorbency and a soft, cozy feel.

What is the best choice for my baby towels?

You’ll want a warm, fluffy towel to reduce heat loss when you remove your baby from a nice, warm bath. The best option for this is a hooded towel, since most body heat is lost through the head. Make sure you have your baby’s towel within reach before bath time starts, so you can quickly wrap him or her up against the cold when it’s time to get out of the tub. If your baby has sensitive skin or is prone to rashes, be sure to wash your baby towels with a hypoallergenic detergent and avoid scented fabric softeners and dryer sheets. You might also want to check for loose threads and tags that might irritate your baby’s skin and remove them before use.

How do I care for my towel sets?

After investing in a new towel set, you’ll want to make sure the towels maintain their original softness and fluff for as long as possible. Here are a few towel care do’s and don’ts to get you started:
• Prewash your towels: You’ll want to wash your new beach towels or bath sheets before using them to set the color and improve their absorbency.
• Avoid at all costs: Contact with skin-care products and fabric softeners can damage your new towel. Skin-care products have been known to bleach and fade textiles, and fabric softeners can have the opposite effect than intended, stiffening your bath towels and reducing their absorbency.
• Wash with vinegar: Adding a dash of vinegar to the wash can help eliminate any musty smells and break down any unwanted residue.

Should my towels, bath mats and shower curtain match?

Instead of trying to piece together a collection one by one, invest in a towel set, which often includes multiple hand towels, washcloths and full-sized towels. If you need more than one bath mat, try to find a matching pair so they don't clash. Although the towels and bath mats don’t need to match, they should be complementary colors or include only one pattern. After all, you don’t want the room to appear too busy or overwhelming, especially if it’s a small space.

Once you have the perfect towels and mats, be sure to pick out a shower curtain that blends well with your other colors. Even though there are a lot of beautifully patterned shower curtains out there, be wary. Because of its larger surface area, a complex, multicolored curtain can appear gaudy or over the top. Once you’ve found the perfect fit, keep it nice and clean for years to come by purchasing a shower liner to act as a water barrier.

How do I select the perfect bathrobe?

If nothing sounds more relaxing than wrapping up in a cozy, soft bathrobe, you’ll definitely want to make sure you choose the right fabric. Here are some pros and cons for some common bathrobe materials:
• Microfiber: These fibers are finer than silk and are typically create a lighter and more breathable fabric. However, this superabsorbent option can run on the upper end of the price scale.
• Cotton waffle material: You’ll know this fabric when you see its distinct checkered pattern. Cotton waffle robes tend to be reasonably priced, but you’ll want to opt for one that‘s preshrunk.
• Cotton terry: Egyptian and Turkish cotton are perfect for luxuriously soft and absorbent bathrobes. They can, however, be somewhat bulkier and are prone to shrinking.
• Cotton velour: With a feel similar to velvet, these robes are soft to the touch and extra warm. They can be slightly bulky and expensive, and if you opt for this choice, you’ll want to be sure that your bathrobe’s cotton content is no lower than 80 percent.
• Silk and satin: These lightweight materials are perfect for a summer robe; however, they don’t have nearly the absorbency that a cotton robe has.
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Featured Reviews of Bath Linens

Extra Long, "Clean Home" Liner in Super Clear
Bath Linens
Sep 19, 2016
For my grandson: I chose this shower curtain because my daughter said my grandson was feeling claustrophobic in his shower. He really likes this as it reminds him of the shower at his swim club.
Egyptian Cotton 6-Piece Towel Set, White
Bath Linens
Jun 1, 2016
Absolutely the best!: Who would have thought a good quality towel could made such a difference? These towels are a rich light blue color, true to the picture. The price is excellent for a towel set of this quality. But, the biggest 'surprise' to me was how luxurious the feel of thick absorbent cotton is after an invigorating morning shower. I'll never again purchase a thin, low-quality towel. And with these towels, I'll never have to! Highly recommended.
Sheridan 22"x 60" Plush Washable Nylon Rug, Platinum Gray
Bath Linens
Jan 10, 2018
Bath Rugs: They are awesome! Very happy with the quality of the product and the colors. The fit was perfect. We always order from Houzz and never have a problem. The quality of the product is great, and the service is the BEST! Thank you for the prompt service and the quality of products ordered. Always check Houzz before making any purchases! Your the BEST!
InterDesign Mildew-Free Water-Repellent Fabric Shower Curtain/Liner
Bath Linens
Apr 23, 2017
Works perfectly: This is a far superior shower curtain liner, not plastic but polyester, machine washable as often as you like. Doesn't feel freaky if you touch it by accident. Replacing an off-white with white as my shower curtain is white. Probably makes not difference to guests but it does to me from inside the shower.
Flower Drops Shower Curtain, Ivory/ Blue, 72" X 72", Floral, Single
Bath Linens
Sep 17, 2017
Gorgeous!: I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and loveliness of this shower curtain. Its always a little challenging to see online how its really going to work in terms of the bathroom decor, but this is just lovely. I love that the blue butterflies are actually material attached and designed to look like a butterfly. My 2yo loves it especially. Overall an excellent price and very high quality product for the price we paid.
Laural Home Dream Forest Shower Curtain
Bath Linens
Jun 25, 2017
Perfect 4 me: I recently purchased this shower curtain after a long hard look at what is available at many locations. The colors are beautiful. What looks like a metallic gold color in the photo is a a warm flat bronze. Color matching towels offer so many options. I am looking forward to adding this modern comment on nature to my bath.
Lavish Home Quick Dry 100% Cotton Zero Twist 6 Piece Towel Set, White
Bath Linens
Oct 28, 2016
Exactly what I hoped for: Redecorating our bathroom meant new towels. We wanted towels that would dry fast and were soft. I wanted to avoid the deep woven area near the ends of most towels. I liked the pin stripe on this towel. They washed up beautifully, drying quickly and coming out soft and flully. They feel different when drying because there are not loops, but has a velour feel. Over all I am very happy with these towels.
Pebbles Bath Rug 2-Piece Set, Spa
Bath Linens
Feb 22, 2016
Beautiful!: These bath mats are perfect for my bathroom! They married the brown in the tile to the white of the tub/moldings to the cream in the cabinet to the sea salt of my walls all together! They are thick and of good quality.
Chesapeake Bursting Flower 2 Pc. White & Coral Round Bath Rug Set 45953
Bath Linens
Aug 3, 2017
I love these rugs.: I love these rugs. I have orange Daisy's in my kitchen. I wasn't sure if the color since they call it coral but they look great. So I bought another set since I needed 3 rugs. Love love love them
Royale 6-Piece 100% Turkish Cotton Bath Towel Set, Spa Blue
Bath Linens
Apr 30, 2018
Good quality towel set.: A wonderful quality towel set, that includes many pieces. The only problem is the color of the towels. The description says "spa" blue. In reality they are a very pale color that does not match my decor. Therefore, I am returning.

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