How to Curate the Perfect Bathroom Shelf
It’s the space you use first thing after waking up and right before bed. Here’s the expert Liberty guide to creating a beautiful (and functional) bathroom shelf.
It isn’t just a shelf. It’s a space that begins and closes your day. Yes, it’s home to the accoutrements of your skincare and beauty routines, but it’s more than that. Good bathroom shelf ideas give you an opportunity to make your day easier or more difficult. It can be a cluttered space besmirched by toothpaste stains and those stray strips of false eyelashes that you keep mistaking for spiders, or it can be a small moment of beauty in your day, easy to navigate, serene and visually pleasing.
We’ve consulted expert (and Liberty’s Assistant Home and Interiors Buyer), Connah Reiss-Lamb, who vouches that the bathroom can be a challenging space to style because “the function of the room needs to be great. It needs to look good, but also function really easily so that you can get ready quickly in the morning.” Here’s our tips for achieving Shelf Serenity.
Put It Away
Reiss-Lamb suggests that “storage is the most important thing in a bathroom. It needs to look nice, but you want to have all your best bits – your nicest pampering products – on display. Store the less aesthetically pleasing personal care products like deodorant or hair products in drawers.” Being smart about making storage beautiful will help things along. “I love to use trays, trinket dishes, or containers and canisters that I really like the look of to put things in. It glamorises them a little bit more.” Doing Goods Chelsey Circus Box, £12.50 is the perfect place to stash cotton pads while Anissa Kermiche’s Ich Liebe Dish, £70 can house hair accessories that tend to play truant if not tucked away.
Magic in the Mundane
Reiss-Lamb advises taking every opportunity to elevate the everyday in your bathroom while keeping your functional basics accessible. “I keep my cotton buds in a Murano glass container. It looks really pretty, but actually it’s a really convenient solution”. Look to the unexpected items here, like tumblers (which can double up as toothbrush holders) or even desk accessories - the Fornasetti Roman-Foot Ceramic Pencil Holder, £250 could moonlight as a spirited make-up brush container.
Storage and Style
Finding the balance between a beautifully stocked bathroom shelf and a messy one is key. “If you’re not an organised person by nature”, says Reiss-Lamb, “there’s nothing worse than an open shelf because you’ll get overwhelmed by it and the mess will drive you mad, but if you’re the type of person who will dust it down every week, you can incorporate decorative displays and keep your skincare routine on there. If that’s not you, drawer-based storage is the best option.” Small vases can play a great role here, whether you use for added storage or to simply display bathroom-friendly-foliage, Anna & Nina’s Glass Vase Blue, £21.95 is dainty enough to sit atop a glass shelf.