If your bathroom renovation isn't on budget this year, don't despair. Instead, try changing your shower curtain.
A new shower curtain is one of the easiest ways to improve the look of a bathroom, says Regan Baker, an interior designer based in San Francisco: "Even if you don't have great tiles, you can always have a fantastic shower curtain."
Ms. Baker recently had a bespoke shower curtain made for one of her own bathrooms – in bold swirls of yellow, green, and blue – to match the hand-painted Porter Teleo wallpaper that covers the wall. “That's a focus,” she says.
But you don't have to go that far to get a good shower curtain. Many manufacturers offer appealing options – from those that offer a touch of color or pattern to more subtle, textured neutrals.
A glass door is nice, but as Ms. Baker points out, shower curtains have certain advantages: They can be pushed aside to allow more freedom of movement “when you need to bathe a dog or a child”. . "
Do you need a separate liner curtain? Most of the time, yes, said Ms. Baker. If your decorative curtain does not repel water, it should be combined with a plastic or water-repellent fabric insert.
How high should a shower curtain hang? The decorative curtain should "hang an inch or two above the floor," she said, and the liner should be shorter so it doesn't touch the bottom of the tub.
What about the hardware? If you're using a standard hooked shower rod, try matching the finish of the hardware with other accessories in the room, suggested Ms. Baker. For a minimalist alternative, consider a castor ceiling track instead.
Beacon shower curtain
Shower curtain made of canvas with brass eyelets
$ 198 at Quiet Town: quiettownhome.com
Shower curtain with a waffle pattern
Textured shower curtain made of Turkish cotton
Starts at $ 169 at Restoration Hardware: 800-762-1005 or rh.com
Navy Imperfect Plus shower curtain
Percale cotton shower curtain by Ashley Goldberg
$ 78 at Schoolhouse: 503-782-6118 or schoolhouse.com
Inside the Tide – Shower Curtain Crashing Waves
Shower curtain made of polyester by Monika Strigel
About $ 65 at Society6: Society6.com
Turkish shower curtain
Turkish cotton shower curtain with fringes
$ 89 at Parachute: 888-967-8832 or parachutehome.com
Sign up here to receive weekly email updates on residential real estate news. Follow us on Twitter: @nytrealestate.