Choosing a shower curtain is often a somewhat secondary decision when people are renovating their bathroom. Shower curtains are thought of more as a functional product than as a decorative one, and so quite often people do not spend any time thinking about how it might fit into their design. In my opinion, a shower or bath curtain is as important a part of the finished look of your bathroom as any accessory, rating up there with bathroom mirror cabinets and light fittings. In this article, I'll take a look at the things to consider when choosing bathroom shower curtains, and how they best complement the look of a modern bathroom.
The first bridge to cross is function – if you're concerned about losing out on functionality by choosing a curtain based on aesthetics, the solution is simple: use two of them, a padded one on the inside to prevent water escaping from the shower or bath, and an attractive one on the outside to beautify your bathroom. Using two curtains also gets around any material questions – vinyl is a more appropriate choice than cloth for example, because it's waterproof, but using a vinyl curtain behind a cloth one gives the best of both worlds.
"Complimentary" is the keyword when choosing curtains, many companies produce matching curtains, towels and bath mats, with give your bathroom a unified look. Forests are a popular choice, as are aquatic themes and polka dots. It's important to choose a design that fits in with the overall look of your bathroom, but you can retain a contemporary look with simple or complicated patterns. Another way to make your bathroom look truly special is to match the color of the patterns to your fittings – if you have chrome or gold taps and shower heads, a shower curtain with matching trimmings will look fantastic.
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