This high-end powder room, designed by Lori Carroll with Lori Carroll and Associates, won first place from the National Kitchen + Bath Association this year. To snag a bit of this style, use hooks or towel grabbers, which can be purchased at Walmart for less than $5, to display hand towels.
If there is no room on the walls near the sink for a hand towel ring or hook, take it to the countertop. Designer Jennifer Foster filled a red tray with a small towel stand for a boy’s bathroom. Decorative hand towels also are an easy way to make a bathroom look more polished, and designers often opt for ones with simple patterns such as stripes.
The lower charcoal gray section of the two tone walls adds texture and color to the simple design of this bathroom. A mounted oval mirror and black and white hand towels finish the vanity space. Coastal shadow box displays add depth and decor to the room.
Think outside the bottle with this accordion-style rack that's typically used to store wine or bottles of Pellegrino. A wine rack in the bathroom is a clever way to keep a few towels right at hand. It's a perfect solution for a guest bathroom, so friends don't need to hunt down a clean hand towel. Simply roll up towels and place bath towels on top and smaller hand towels and washcloths in the spaces below. Design by Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien. Photography by Charlotte Jenks Lewis
A set of brightly colored hand towels can perk up the kitchen for mere pennies. And you aren’t limited to the oven door handle: hang interesting linens (aprons and oven mitts, too) from hooks or pegs on a floating wall shelf or line a wooden bowl on the countertop to add punch. Shown are waffle-weave Salsa dish cloths and towels from Crate & Barrel.
Splurge on thick, 100 percent cotton bath towels, washcloths and hand towels for your guests. A great tip is to buy guest towels in a color different from your regular towels so you'll always have the "good" towels ready for overnight guests. These guest towels have been livened up with addition of colorful bands of ribbon the help dress up the bathroom. (And they color coordinate with the rubber duckies!) Design by Layla Palmer, the Lettered Cottage.