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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

Superior Egyptian Cotton Kids Hooded Unisex Terry Bath Robe, Large, Pink
Bath Linens
September 20, 2017
Robe Rave: I am very pleased with this product. It arrived quickly and efficiently. Purchased as a Christmas present for my grand girl, I am excited to see her reaction because it looks and feels so cozy. The color (sage) is the appropriate seasonal color. For the price, it has all the qualities of a Turkish towel and in comparison shopping exceeds expectations. I enthusiastically recommend this bathrobe.
Dobby Terry 6-Piece Cotton Towel Set
Bath Linens
January 4, 2016
Wonderful towels: I bought these for my home and actually bought more for my 2 daughters as party of my Holiday theme of "daily luxuries" because I just love these towels. They get better with each washing.
Plush 100% Cotton Towels, Super Soft 6-Piece Bath Towel Set, Copper
Bath Linens
January 20, 2017
Copper Towels: Absolutely LOVE these towels. They match perfect in my master bathroom. I have some black wrought iron fixtures and towels, antique copper mirror & accessories and these towels are perfect. Nice and soft, fluffy and so far wash up well.
InterDesign Poly Shower Curtain/Liner Extra Long
Bath Linens
September 20, 2016
Exactly what I was looking for: Product was exactly what I was looking for - fabric/poly liner with weighted hem and reinforced grommets. I would describe the liner it as mid-weight. Not one of those heavy duty commercial weight liners.
Alice Ruffle Shower Curtain, White
Bath Linens
May 4, 2016
Perfect shabby chic look: This was just what I was looking for for my bathroom. Looks very girly which I love. Washes nicely. I put it in the dryer for 5 mi Utes and hung it damp. All the wrinkles came out. I highly recommend
Ciottolo 2-Piece Bathroom Rug Set, Blue and Brown
Bath Linens
February 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.
Mykonos 2-Piece Cotton Bath Mat Set, Tan
Bath Linens
January 21, 2018
Beautiful and updates any bathroom: This item is beautiful and has truly updated our bathroom. It arrived on time and the items are exactly what they look like in photos if not better. Service is outstanding. Very modern yet classic look. I think you will be happy.
Davenport 2-Piece Bath Rug Set, Gray
Bath Linens
May 28, 2017
I like it but the colors are a bit different than I expected: I like the feel and thickness of these mats. The only surprise is the area that was called gray has a very light greenish tint to it. The beige area which is what I really wanted to match was exactly what I thought it would be. Luckily I found towels that were called "sulfur gray" which matched the gray of the mats perfectly. The brown wasn't as dark as I expected but it was ok for me.
Anya Teak Wood Mat
Bath Linens
October 18, 2017
Great quality , great design!: Item arrived just as pictured. Unique design adds interest as it breaks up the horizontal lines of my floor and wall tile. Quality shows in rich, bright wood tone finish and in sturdy rubber pads on the bottom. Using it in place of a rug in front of my vanity - dimensions are perfect!
Growers 6-Piece Towel Set, Teal
Bath Linens
July 13, 2017
Love this towels: Highly recommend these towels, I bought a few sets in 3 different colors. Washed and dried as instructed, towels held up beautifully. These towels are very soft and durable, a pleasure to use. I will be buying more of these!

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