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Selecting a Towel Bar
When choosing a towel bar, form and function are the most important aspects that should be considered. Home owners want one that not only works very well, but also goes great with their décor. In fact, the hardware pieces like a towel bar should be considered the jewelry of the room. They add accents and beauty, completing a look to make it look totally put together and polished. Let's take a look at some of the most important considerations that should be taken into account when choosing a towel bar.
Since the towel bar and other accent features are like the bathroom's jewelry, style is certainly very important. Spend some time thinking about what kind of overall style you want to convey. Some home owners are aiming for a country bathroom with white cabinets and pastel colors. Others want a very modern room with sleek hardware and granite countertops. It is very important to design the entire room and leave the hardware for last because it is simply meant to be an accent piece. The only way anyone can know for sure what kind of towel bar they want is by looking at the end product and seeing what it will look like. The color of the paint on the walls and the style, design, and shade of the cabinets all play important roles in what kind of hardware you will want to go with it. Also try to get pieces that match. The bars should match the toilet paper holder, the pulls on the drawers and cabinets, and if possible, the mirror or medicine cabinet that is being used in the room.
Above all, remember that the hardware is meant to play an important part in the overall finished look of the bathroom. If it does not work well, then you won't use it, and there will be no point to even having the bar. Think carefully about where in the room you want to place the bar. Measure the space carefully so that you can be sure that the one you buy is not too long or too short for the space you have. Also be sure to position the bar appropriately so that you will easily be able to reach the towels whenever you are getting out of the shower or bath. A bar that is out of reach is not much help to anyone. It may even be a good idea to measure the towels that you intend to use with it to make sure that they will hang straight on the bar. Also consider what kinds of towels you will use regularly. Do not forget to get some kind of hanger for the hand towel that is separate from the one that will be used for the large towels. Also if there is room, having separate large bars for his and her towels is a great touch.
The type of material the towel bar is made out of is an important part of both its style and its function. Some materials are made to last a very long time, while others simply are not made well enough to last more than a few years. Chrome is very popular right now, probably because of its durability and the clean, sleek look it lends to any décor. Real chrome bars should be very heavy and a lighter silver color. Other very popular choices in material include brushed nickel and pewter, both of which will also be very long lasting. Just beware of pieces that look like they are made of these materials but are actually fakes. They may be a great way to save money, but there is a chance that they will not last a long time.