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.
The bathroom's teal-and-gold hexagonal-patterned wallpaper adds a lively vibe to the transitional space, while a white pedestal sink adds a traditional touch. Towel hooks featuring gold bull sculptures hang on the wall, providing an eclectic, funky edge.
Tiny neutral tile comes together to form an accent panel in this sleek white shower. The small tile in the design provides a beautiful texture contrast to the smoother finish of the large marble tiles. The inside panel features rows of small circles. On the next wall, a mounted hook provides easily accessible towel storage over the built in bench.
The designer added charm, warmth and modern farmhouse details to this cottage bathroom. The Turkish towels are a change from the standard towel, creating a design element from something functional. The main event in this room, however, is the vibrant painting of a steer, which is at once austere and fun.
Though bathroom towel racks will probably never be replaced thanks to their drying prowess, towel hooks are currently giving them a run for their money. Hooks add a casual vibe to a bathroom that their stiff counterparts can’t match. The accordion style allows you to have multiple hooks with only a couple holes in the wall, which is a major win in my book.
Blue penny tile flooring brings a great texture to this contemporary blue and white bathroom. The split wall features white paneling at the bottom and a soft blue paint color on the top. Three mounted hooks are perfect towel storage next to the white, glass door cabinet.
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.
This pet-friendly mudroom features a space for cleaning wet pets, housing food and water dishes, and storing food, accessories, dog crates or litter boxes. "A large utility sink can be helpful for refilling dishes or cleaning muddy paws, as can towel bars or towel hooks," says Jeffrey S. Brown, president of J.S. Brown & Co.
Mustard colored walls set a warm tone for this country bathroom. Natural wood frames the mirrors and built-in shelf, adding a classic country detail. A copper faucet and towel hook and copper tile in the shower add some shine to the matte palette. A blue shower curtain adds an extra touch of color.
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.