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Shower to shower

Chic bath linen and accessories are becoming a must-have component of bathrooms


HAND WOVEN honey comb towels in sweet pea and lilac, navy and grey oyster-shaped ceramic soap dishes and hand woven plastic laundry baskets in flashy yellow, green and orange. These are some of the popular bath linen and accessories from Yamini, at Elahe In Vogue during the on going promotion (till August 1). And there have been takers. "People are opting for bright tones. Many people are also buying sets for gifting," says staff at Elahe in Vogue.

Promotions as these as well as exclusive sections at lifestyle stores are indicators of the new fad that has caught on with folks in town. "More than my bedroom I do up my bathroom," says Pooja Surana. And how? Clean fresh towel rolls in a cane basket, jars filled with perfumed pebbles on the mantle and beauty books in the cabinet with cocoa butter and vanilla soap and aromatherapy shower gels are now becoming a must have component of the bath, read, glamour rooms today.

"Its like having a spa in your house. All you need to decide is what kind of an experience you would want to create. You can opt for a sea green and blue theme with a lot of shells around extending it to the shower curtain and bath towels replete with a cane chair for a beach concept. Likewise for the kids room you can use lots of colour and fun, animal and toon, motifs. It can work right with everybody without being heavy on the pocket. For instance, pick up empty coloured bottles like the ones you get in Crawford Market Mumbai or in Charminar. Paint them with glass paint and opt for crystal as lids. Fill these bottles with oils, shampoos and liquid soaps. You wouldn't want your bathroom to look like an FMCG rack," says Akshay, a design consultant.

Accessories galore

A lot of coordinates are available today when it comes to bath accessories. Priced Rs. 350 onwards, a set of bath accessories comprising liquid soap dispenser, soap dish, cotton swab jar and tooth brush holder, can be matched with shower curtains, laundry bags and even beach towels with star fishes and shells all over. Cream and pink towels are passé. The latest fad in the range of feather soft cotton towels is the hint of embroidery and embossed periwinkles and lilacs on beige and purple backgrounds, apart from a wide range of sheer solids available in different sizes. Ditto for bath mats— anti skid as well as hand made cotton options in shapes that range from a shark, starfish, Mickey mouse and more.

"People rotate bath accessories, changing them more often in a years time today," explains Sandeep Narain, retail manager, Lifestyle on the increasing range.

Frosted glass vases, scented candles and mirrors in triangular or square shapes, are now shopped for the hamams. "A lot of people are opting for the vases, perfumed stones and shells to do up the bath rooms," says a floor manager at Westside that has an exhaustive collection of seashells. And potted plants too. "It helps to reduce the negative Chi. A money plant is ideal. Crystal salt placed in bowl help the same. I have placed a few shells picked from the beaches I have been to." says Anita Sethi Ramakrishna, Feng Shui Consultant. One for the home bath spa then.

SYEDA FARIDA

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