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Beach Themed Bathrooms

How To Decorate Your Beach Themed Bathroom

Your Beach Themed Bathroom doesn’t have to be like all the rest. Everyone wants to be unique so let yourself find your own Beach Styled Theme for your own bathroom.

When it comes to choosing a Beach Themed Bathroom you might want to consider some of the similarities between other bathroom ideas with a water theme.

We like to split the water themed bathrooms into three categories:

  1. The Beach Themed Bathroom
  2. The Coastal Themed Bathroom
  3. The Nautical Themed Bathroom

 

Water Themed Bathrooms

Beach Themed Bathroom Pic

 

What is it that differentiates the three water themed bathrooms? Although there are many similarities such as sand, water, blue skies, and sun, there are other things that make them different.

 

 

The Beach Theme

As we noted, although the beach themed bathroom will incorporate the bathroom colors of sand, water, blue skies and sunshine it is different from the others in some ways. This is how we see the differences in characteristics.

Beach Themed Playful Ideas

When we think of the beach, many will not only conjure up images of peaceful relaxation.

Some people love the beach for the fun times that they have when they are there.

They remember things such as playing Volleyball, or making sandcastles, surfing and riding on inflated tire tubes. The sounds of splashing, laughing and little children squealing and of course, Flip Flops, are just some of the things that mean “Beach” to them.

This type of person would seek out a brighter, more fun style or playful approach to their Beach Themed Bathroom. (more about this later)

 

The Coastal Theme

Coastal Themed Bathroom

 

 

 

 

The Coastal Themed Bathroom is similar to the Beach themed Bathroom except that it would incorporate softer hues. Here you would find softer blues and perhaps peach colored or beige sand colored bathroom decor. We talk about this bathroom theme in more detail under “The Coastal Bathroom Theme“.

 

The Nautical Theme Bathroom

Nautical Themed Bathroom

For the Nautical Themed Bathroom you would decorate in Bathroom Colors of Dark Blue/Navy, White and perhaps some red or yellow.

This theme is for those who want a more ocean type feel. Here you would find things such as Anchors, Lighthouses, Nautical Ropes, Buoys, Ships Wheels and Compasses etc. (Think of Pirates and maps)

You can read more on the Nautical Themed Bathroom under its own category called “The Nautical Themed Bathroom

 

Now that you know that different styles of Water Themed Bathroom Decor, let’s concentrate on “The Beach Themed Bathroom“.

 

Beach Theme Bathroom Shower Curtains

For the more fun and playful beach theme we want to have the bathroom shower curtains to invoke a bright, whimsical feeling. We want a certain boldness to the beach themed bathroom that we will not encounter in the other bathroom themes.

Here are a few ideas that you might like to consider:

Beach theme chairs on the beachThese beach chairs add a fun bit of color to the bathroom and yet is still relaxing. Can you imagine yourself sitting in one of these chairs at the beach? Of course, you can.

These can be purchased through Amazon by simply clicking on the pic. That will take you to more information and buying options.

This is just one of many ideas we can use for our beach theme.

 

 

Another cheerful bathroom shower curtain can be in a flip flops theme such as the ones below:

Flip Flops Shower Curtain

 

This one even has with a matching clock that you can purchase separately.

Beach theme flip flop clock

 

 

 

 

Again, these can be purchased by clicking on the pics, which will bring you to more info and buying options through Amazon.

 

 

Just Add Some Flip Flop Shower Curtain Hooks and you’ve made yourself a Beach Bathroom Shower Curtain Set.

 

 

 

 

Imagine sitting on the dock of the bay sipping a lovely cold drink and dipping your toes into some clear cool water. This Beach Themed Bathroom Shower Curtain will have you feeling the vibe in no time.

Beach Decor Flip Flop Shower Curtain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the matching bath mat that can be purchased separately.

Beach Decor Matching Bath Mat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Either of these items can be purchased by clicking on the pic. This will bring you to more information and buying options from Amazon.

 

Perhaps you would prefer something more placid such as this bathroom shower curtain with a view of the water lapping onto the beach.

Beach Theme shower curtain water laps

 

This particular bathroom shower curtain could be used with any of the water themes we are talking about.

(Click on pics for more information.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a fun Beach Themed Bathroom Curtain and comes with a matching bath mat. It’s a bathroom shower curtain with a pic of a Jeep on the beach.

Jeep on a Beach Bathroom Shower CurtainHere is the matching beach themed bath mat:

Beached Theme Bathroom Mat Jeep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(For more information simply click on the pics.)

 

Beach Bathroom Themed Sets

There are many bathroom accessories that you can buy on Amazon that will complete your Beach Bathroom Theme but here is one that you might like that has many matching bathroom accessories already picked out for you.

This particular set is called “Beach Words”.

Beach words shower curtain

 

This particular curtain also has matching shower curtain hooks that can be purchased separately.

Beach Words Shower Curtain Hooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Bathroom shower curtain set also has a matching Lotion Pump dispenser, Soap Dish, Toothbrush holder and Waste Basket.

Beach words lotion pump dispenser for bathroomBeach themed soap dish bathroom accessoriesBeach Bathroom Accessories Toothbrush holderBeach Bathroom accessories waste basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Beach Style Bathroom Decor Ideas

Not all Beach Themed Bathroom Shower Curtains comes as a set, but that need not stop you from pulling it all together with other Beach Bathroom Decor to make it look like it all goes together.

Beach Theme Bathroom Shower Curtain Hooks

 

These are a novelty Shower Curtain Hooks and can go with any beach theme you are going for.

Beach Flip Flops Shower Curtain Hooks

 

 

 

 

This set of flip flop Bathroom Shower Curtain hooks are a little lighter in color if you don’t want it as bold as the other ones above.

Light colored flip flop shower curtain hooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach Bathroom Wall Decor

By adding some beach bathroom wall decor here and there we can help to bring the look together even more.

Beach Bathroom Decor

These little signs goes great with the flip flop theme.

 

Beach Bathroom Wall DecorBeach Rules Wall Decor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This particular beach wall decor sign only has limited quantities so if you really want it, please click on the sign and it will take you to where you can give you more information and the chance to purchase it.

 

 

Beach Theme Art Poster unframed

 

Here is a lovely art print poster that would look very nice in a beach themed bathroom. It is unframed and measures 14″ x 11″. Click on pic for more info.

 

 

 

Beach Chair Towel hooks

 

Your beach bathroom might also look nice with these three chair hooks to hang you towels on.

 

 

 

Speaking of Towels, in a beach theme bathroom such as this you would want some really bold colored Beach towels to add that extra pizazz to the room such as these:

Bright Beach Towels hung on hooksBright Beach Towels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a really large bare wall in the bathroom this might be a unique bathroom decorating idea for you. It’s a removable self-adhesive vinyl wallpaper that will certainly brighten your bathroom and give you that “at the beach” feeling.

kayak on the beach

 

 

The chair and ottoman do not come with it. This is only there to give you and idea of what it would look like in a room. This one measures 66″ x 96″

 

 

 

 

 

Depending on how elaborate you want your decorating in the beach theme bathroom to go you might like to try a few of these additional ideas.

If your beach bathroom decorating budget is low, you might just add some beach ball cabinet drawer knobs such as this one below. It’s cute and whimsical and would go nicely with the beach towels we showed you before.

 

Beach Ball Drawer knob

 

Beach Bathroom Vanities

If your beach theme bathroom decorating budget is higher you may want to make more changes such as adding a new beach bathroom Vanity such as the one below.

Beach Bathroom Vanity

This would look lovely with a beach bathroom styled mirror such as this.

Beach bathroom mirror

If you prefer a beach bathroom vanity with it’s own matching mirror you might prefer something like this one below:

Pastel blue distressed beach bathroom vanity

 

The company that makes these lovely Bathroom Vanities have many different colors and styles that would suit any bathroom makeover. You can visit “The Benton Collection” by clicking on the underlined link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach Bathroom Flooring Ideas

If money allows, you may want to change up your bathroom floor to make it look more beach like. The following suggestions below can also work for your Coastal Theme Bathroom or Nautical Bathroom.

One Choice is To Use Bathroom Floor Tile:

This is a beautiful tile and would great in any beach themed bathroom. Some people tile the whole floor, others have tried tiling the shower floor itself with good results.

Everybody loves this tile and say that it looks exactly like a pebbled beach.

If you are not particularly into tiles then perhaps you might try some nice Vinyl flooring.

 

Another Choice for Your Beach Themed Bathroom is Vinyl Flooring:

Beach Themed Vinyl FlooringThis beautiful Beach Themed Flooring is a lovely arrangement or various tonalities to give it a beach type feel. It is Waterproof and easy to apply. It would be a great addition to your bathroom. Below is a sample for a closer look.

floor sample

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach Themed Bathroom Wallpaper/Tiles

If you like the beach wood effect, then you may also like this self adhesive beach wood wall film. You can see it here behind the distressed bureau/chest.

Beach themed wood wall film

Here is a clearer sample:

Beach wood wall film sample

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This comes in a roll that measures 17.71″ x 78″ and can be applied with the pattern going up and down or side to side. It all depends on the look you are going for. This is a fun DIY project if you enjoy doing it yourself.

If you prefer Peel and Stick Wall Tiles then this may be more in line with what you want. These are Peel and Stick Wall Tiles that would go well in any Beach Themed Bathroom, whether it be a Coastal Theme Bathroom or a Nautical Themed Bathroom.

  Example:

beach bathroom wall stickers example

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These tiles are 10 x 10 and come in a box of 6. They are resistant to mold and mildew and have a thick embossed PU gel.

This gives it the 3D shpae and makes it almost identical to masonry tiles.

There are so many ways to decorate your beach themed bathroom, and we hope you have enjoyed our ideas. If you did, why not click and send this article to PINTEREST. We would appreciate it if you did 🙂

For more bathroom ideas we recommend this book:

Bathroom Decorating Ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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The Farmhouse Style Bathroom

Don’t live in a Farmhouse? Well don’t let that stop your from adding some lovely Farmhouse Décor to your home. Many people are doing bathroom makeovers and the current trend is Farmhouse style.

What is “Farmhouse Décor” Style?Farmhouse Shower Curtain

The Farmhouse Style has developed over the last few years as people were looking for simpler ways to live their lives. With the advance of minimalism, people are turning towards a more natural, easy-going environment.

When it comes to home decorating, which include the bathroom décor, they want to return to the more simplistic times. They don’t want a lot of busy décor themes. Many people now are wanting to embrace old traditions of the days gone by down on the farm.

The simplicity of it all makes them feel more relaxed.

Mind you, the Farmhouse Style isn’t for everybody, but for those of you dreaming of long forgotten memories of the days gone past then, this would be a good bathroom decorating style for you.

What Categorizes it as Farmhouse Décor?

How to decorate Farmhouse Style

  • Neutral Color Schemes
  • Natural Textures and Materials
  • Wood and Reclaimed Wood
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Slightly Rustic Appearance
  • Chicken Wire
  • Distressed Furniture
  • Antiques
  • Barnboard or Bead Board
  • Wrought Iron Accents
  • Wooden or Planked Flooring
  • Vintage Type Accessories

 

 

How to Put Your Bathroom Ideas Together:

Choose Your Color

First, consider your color scheme. Because Farmhouse style is based on light, neutral colors, you may want to keep it to Beige, White, Cream, Grey or even a light Sage.

Use Natural Textures and Materials

Farmhouse Décor doesn’t generally have much color. It gets it’s calming effect by keeping things neutral so look for Shower Curtains and Accessories with a variety of texture.

white ruffled farmhouse shower curtainThis lovely ruffled shower curtain on the left would fit in perfectly with a Farmhouse decorated bathroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps you would prefer something like our Piping Farmhouse Shower Curtain with Ticking.

If you will be using this to decorate the Master Bathroom then you will be happy to know that this particular model also has bedding to match.

Farmhouse Queen size duvet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

custom built blanket ladder

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Did you notice the wooden ladder in the corner of the bathroom? This is a very attractive way to hang your towels farmhouse fashion. You can even have them in a custom wood if you like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would prefer a more Country Style Farmhouse Style, this patchwork shower curtain may appeal to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This wood planked fabric shower curtain may also be your choice. It looks like wood planks but is actually made of fabric. Very unique bathroom shower curtain.

 

 

 

 

Here is another very popular Farmhouse Shower Curtain. It’s called Darla and has beautiful flowers strewn around it. Because it is a neutral color it fits in very well with a Farmhouse Decor style.

 

Click on the link to search for more Farmhouse Shower Curtains 

 

 

 

Wood and Reclaimed Wood

As we mentioned, there is a lot of wood in a farmhouse style bathroom. Usually the apron sink is set on a wooden cabinet and there are touches of wood in various other parts of the bathroom such as signage or open shelves.

Vinyl Flooring for Farmhouse Decor

Farmhouse style floors are usually covered in wood or reclaimed wood.

If you can’t afford real wood then you might consider installing a vinyl, waterproof floor instead of the real thing. Wood floors can be expensive so vinyl flooring is a cheaper alternative.

There are many different variations on Rustic Barn Flooring so you are not limited in your choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are all kinds of ways to add wood finishes to your bathroom. Many use Wainscotting or Shiplap, while other may use barn boards like the pic below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for a cheaper way to do a wood finish you might like something like this: Believe it or not, this is actually just peel and stick!

How much easier can it get than that!

Tip: I wouldn’t use this on the shower wall as it would get too wet, but on the other walls in the bathroom it should be fine 🙂

Speaking of wood, let’s not forget about your Farmhouse Bathroom Vanity. There are many models to choose from and of course you can decide whether you want a single sink vanity or double sink. It all depends on the size of your household, the size of your budget and your budget.

 

Farmhouse Bathroom Vanity

Below is a lovely blue distressed wood vanity with a single sink. Remember we said that Farmhouse style has distressed wood to give it that old home feel.

Distressed wood farmhouse vanity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need something for a smaller bathroom perhaps this would be better for you.

 

There are many choices when it comes to choosing a Farmhouse Bathroom Vanity. Fortunately, there are enough vanities for your bathroom to suit your needs.

 

 

 

 

 

Personal preference is what it all comes down to so be sure to check out our other Bathroom vanities and see if there is something you like.

If you wish to check out other Farmhouse Bathroom Vanities, you can click on this Link.

Farmhouse Bathroom Lighting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farmhouse Vanity Lights are usually made of metal and have an old time vibe to them.

 

 

 

Mason jar Farmhouse lighting

 

 

Some people like to use industrial lighting and some like the mason jar lights.

 

 

If you would prefer a bar type lighting fixture, this one will probably fit your fancy.

barn wood farmhouse light bar

 

 

More Farmhouse Bathroom lighting can be found by clicking this LINK.

 

 

 

 

 

Farmhouse Bathroom Accessories

There are so many ways to accessorize the Farmhouse bathroom. Everything from Farmhouse Rugs, wall decor, wicker baskets or galvanized pans to place toiletries in. There is so much to choose from.

 

Farmhouse bathroom accessories can be made of various textures
such as stone, wicker, rattan, chicken wire, galvanized steel, etc.

farmhouse chicken wire toilet paper holder

 

Remember to try and keep things simple and natural.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You want your Farmhouse bathroom to feel like it’s in tune with nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just for the luxury of a good, deep soak maybe you would like a nice claw foot tub 🙂

 

 

 

 

We hope you have enjoyed our Farmhouse Decor Ideas. Why not give your bathroom décor a spruce-up and go for the Farmhouse Style for a warm, rich and relaxing atmosphere.

For more Farmhouse Decor Ideas you can try looking at AMAZON for more fun things.

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p.s. For a fun DIY why not paint some mason jars for your Farmhouse Bathroom? (you can also put a pump in it if you want to use it for lotion or soap)

If you don’t have time for DIY you can buy some. Just click on the pic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Which Bathroom Shower Curtain Material is The Best? Part 2

In Part I of our discussion, we took a look at the various fabric shower curtains and the pros and cons of the most popular selections. In Part II of this discussion we are going to look at some of the plastic shower curtains and their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s begin…

Vinyl Shower CurtainsPEVA Shower Curtain Liner Dog in Bath

I am sure that many of you are aware of the controversy that has come up regarding the use of vinyl shower curtains in the home. This is definitely not on any of the lists of Eco Friendly Products. The problem is centered on PVC, also known as “Polyvinyl chloride”. The awful smell that comes out when you first open the package containing the PVC Vinyl, is very strong. This is due to the compounds that are used in the manufacturing of this particular product, particularly phthalates.

Phthalates seem to be the worst culprits and are used in more products than you could probably realize. This chemical is responsible for making plastics softer, so that they become more flexible. This is the main chemical that is bringing concern about the vinyl shower curtains. It is believed that it is one of the strongest Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) found in Vinyl.

Some people think that it’s much ado about nothing, thinking that the excitement is over-exaggerated. Considering that phthalates are directly pumped into our bloodstream via the medical UV bags, and are found in so many products, having a vinyl shower curtain is not going to make a big difference. Considering the alternatives, with regards to shower curtains, they would rather purchase something they know works. Others, of course, feel differently. They feel that the less phthalates in the home, the better it is for us. Really, it is a decision that only you can make.

Because vinyl shower curtains are the best when it comes to repelling water and keeping it in the tub, many manufacturers are now offering vinyl alternatives such as PEVA and EVA.

PEVA Shower Curtain Eco-FriendlyPEVA Shower Curtains

PEVA stands for polyethylene vinyl acetate (PVA). PEVA shower curtains do not contain the chlorinated molecules like PVC’s, found in the older vinyl shower curtains, and therefore this makes it a much safer choice when it comes to choosing a plastic shower curtain. Because PEVA is non-chlorinated this is the perfect option and considered environmentally friendly.

EVA Shower Curtains

A lot of people want to know what the difference is between EVA Shower Curtains and PEVA Shower Curtains. EVA stands for Ethylene vinyl acetate. Neither of these plastics contain the toxic PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) found in the old vinyl shower curtains. Although these plastic shower curtains are made from petroleum they have a very low toxicity level. Both of these are considered vinyl shower curtains although some prefer to call them plastic, so as not to get confused with the old PVC shower curtains.

The Pros of Vinyl Shower CurtainsEVA Shower Curtain Lace

  • Vinyl Shower Curtains are Generally Thick, and Durable
  • The Material is Soft and Pleasant to Touch
  • They are Long Lasting
  • They Come in A Variety of Colors and Patterns     Including Clear and Opaque
  • Their Color Doesn’t Fade
  • They are NOT Prone to Mold or Mildew
  • They are Easy to Clean
  • They are Very Low Maintenance
  • They are Inexpensive Shower Curtains
  • They Can Be Used As a Shower Curtain or a Shower Curtain Liner
  • Their Strength Stops Water In The Shower From Leaking Out Onto the Floor
  • Because They Repel Water, They Protect Your Outer Curtain if You Are Using One
  • Because of Their Durability and Strong Colors and Patterns They Are Perfect For a Kid’s Shower Curtain (or for those who are young at heart)
  • The Moisture From the Bath/Shower Will Not Affect the Vinyl
  • Vinyl Shower Curtains Come in a Large Variety of Sizes. More Than Any Other Shower Curtain (You can also cut them with a good pair of scissors if you need them shorter or narrower…Think RV Stalls.)
  • Purchase Vinyl Shower Curtains That Have Reinforced Rivets, or Grommets Along the Top. These Will Help Your Shower Curtain To Last Longer
  • They Contain Less VOC’s Than PVC Shower Curtains And Therefore Have Less Harmful Off-Gassing
  • Plastic Shower Curtains Make Great Shower Curtain Liners Because They Form a Great Barrier For the Water to Bounce Off of.
  • They Have No Known Association With Any Health Problems
  • Vinyl Shower Curtains Are Available in Different Thickness, Known as Gauges. The Thicker Gauges Will Not Blow in the Tub as readily as the Thinner Ones.

The Cons of Vinyl Shower Curtains

  • If You Do Not Purchase Them With Reinforced Grommets They May Tear Easily
  • Because They Are Made With Petrochemicals Some Consider Them Only Semi-Green
White Peva Shower Curtain

White Peva Shower Curtain

Shower Curtain Liners

Throughout our discussion of Shower Curtain Materials, we have often mentioned the need for a shower curtain liner. Now that we have come near the end of our discussion, I am sure you now understand our reasoning for suggesting shower curtain liners.

Many people still prefer to try and find fabric shower curtain liners rather than use vinyl, but as you have seen, they do not do the job properly and you may end up spending money you wish you hadn’t.

We realize that there are people on the Internet that say that they don’t have a problem not using a vinyl shower curtain liner, but if you look more closely, you will find many who have found out the hard way just how difficult it is to shower with a fabric shower curtain liner. It really depends upon which shower head you are using.

A Word About Shower Heads

Fabric Shower Curtain Liners will probably work well if you are only using a water saving shower head, or one of the newer rainfall shower heads that gently sprinkle the water. But most people we know, prefer to have a strong, pulsating stream coming out of their shower head, like you can find with high pressure shower heads. Many like to use hand held shower heads to get closer to their scalp for a good washing. In cases where the water is coming out strongly it will go through your fabric shower curtain liners or shower curtains.

Shower Curtain Effect
(Shower Curtain Blow Ins)

Another problem with fabric shower curtain liners is that they tend to blow into the tub much more readily than vinyl shower curtain liners. If you have ever experienced this blow in effect, you will know how frustrating it can be, especially if you have soap in your eyes when it happens. We realize this can happen with vinyl shower curtain liners also, but if you purchase the thicker gauge liners it will help. The weight will help to keep the liner down instead of blowing around.

Many Shower Curtain Liners can be purchased with magnets on the bottom, which will help the liner cling more readily to the tub rather than your body.

We have heard that if you leave a small opening at the back of the shower, this will allow more air to circulate which may lessen the effect of blow in. Just be careful that it is not open too much as to let water out onto the floor.

Other people have suggested using weights to anchor the shower curtain liner around the tub. They usually use things like shampoo or body soaps to hold things down. This might be something you could try.

Another trick is to open the window and turn on the fan to allow ventilation into the room while you shower. This should help immensely.

Faux Silk Shower Curtain. Which Shower Curtain Material is Best?

Faux Silk Shower Curtain. Click for more Info

F.A.Q.
Should I Keep My Shower Curtain Open or Closed?

This is a question that is asked often, and the answer is simple. A Shower Curtain is usually purchased as a decorative accent to the bathroom. Although it serves as a necessary barrier for the water, it also has this decorative element to it.
Add to this, the fact that the shower curtain may get a little wet when using the shower and you will have the answer.

If you leave the shower curtain open when it is wet, the moisture will tend to stay longer within the folds that are made by closing it. This will cause more moisture in the bathroom as well as attract mildew to form. By leaving your shower curtain closed after the shower you allow the curtain to dry more quickly and have the added benefit of looking at your lovely bathroom the way you designed it to be.

 

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Which Bathroom Shower Curtain Material is The Best? Part I

When it comes to choosing a new bathroom shower curtain, finding the right one can often become a challenge. Not only do you have to consider the bathroom theme ideas that you want to create, you must further decide which shower curtain material will suit your needs and budget. You will also have to consider whether you want to use a shower curtain liner, which we strongly suggest that you purchase.

The Purpose of Your Shower Curtain

 

Shower Curtains are a basic necessity unless you

Black Shower Curtain

Black Shower Curtain

choose to go with Shower Screens. The advantage of using a shower curtain is that it can define the theme of your bathroom decor especially if they are the focal point when entering your bathroom.

Shower curtains come in a variety of colors, sizes and styles which will make it easy to coordinate with other bathroom accessories, no matter what bathroom decor theme you are going for.

Once you have decided on which shower curtain material to use, and your bathroom decor theme, then it is only necessary to make sure that your shower curtain will fulfill its purpose:

  1. You Want Your Shower Curtain to Provide You With Some Privacy
  2. You Want Your Shower Curtain To Keep Water Off Of The Floor
  3. You Want Your Shower Curtain To Be Easy To Care For

Shower Curtain Material

There are many different types of material that can be used for shower curtains. Your choice will be dependent on your budget and the kind of shower curtain arrangement that you want.

The majority of people prefer to have a two part system with the shower curtain on the outside of the tub and a shower curtain liner on the inside.

Using this type of system allows you to have many more choices in your shower curtain material. However, many materials will not keep the water off of your floor and that will definitely require you to use a shower curtain liner to take care of the problem. There are many fabric shower curtains that have their pros and cons that might deter you from purchasing them, but remember that a shower curtain liner will probably be able to take care of many of those issues.

We are now going to look at the various materials that can be used for shower curtains.

We will be looking at fabric, also known as Textiles, which include fabric or cloth etc. Shower curtain fabric can include man-made, synthetic fabrics as well as natural organic options.

Fabric Shower Curtains can include:  What Shower Curtain Material is Best

Later, in Part II, we will also look at Vinyl Shower Curtains such as Vinyl, PEVA and EVA.  So let’s get started!

Fabric Shower Curtains

Satin Shower Curtain Material

Make Your Own Satin Shower Curtain by Purchasing Material Yourself For A Custom Made, One of A Kind Shower Curtain.

A fabric shower curtain can be made from such a vast array of textiles. When buying fabric shower curtains, there are many varieties to choose from. With a little imagination, you can probably think up more fabric types to use. For instance, Fabric Shower Curtains can be:

Your preferences will probably be dependent on how easily they can be cleaned and the price range 🙂 For example, a Silk Shower Curtain would look luxurious in a bathroom, but when you consider that it is more expensive, it’s dry clean only and tends to get water spots easily, you may reconsider faux silk as a choice for you.

In order to determine which fabric shower curtain is best for you, you just have to consider the Pros and Cons and base your final decision on those.

The Fabric Shower Curtain Options we want to look at in part 1.

  • Polyester Shower Curtains
  • Cotton Shower Curtains
  • Linen Shower Curtains
  • Hemp Shower Curtains

Synthetic Shower Curtains

Synthetics are probably the most affordable when it comes to fabric shower curtain material. Some people may complain because they are man made, but they are extremely low in maintenance and stand up better than most of the natural alternatives.

Synthetics are well noted for their water repellent properties which helps in avoiding mildew. (Mildew can cause health problems such as asthma and allergies)

The majority of shower curtains on the market are made up of these man-made materials such as polyester and nylon, or a polyester/cotton mix.

Polyester Shower CurtainsPolka Dot Shower Curtain. Great for a Kid's Bathroom

The Pros

  • Very Easy to Find and Purchase
  • Polyester Shower Curtains Have a Vast Array of Colors, Patterns and Styles to Suit Your Taste
  • They Are Reasonably Priced (Inexpensive)
  • They Are Generally Waterproof
  • They Have Aesthetic Appeal
  • They Are Resistant to Mildew
  • They Resist Creasing
  • They Resist Shrinking
  • They Are Easily Recyclable
  • They Are Not Flammable and Polyester Doesn’t Ignite Easily Like Many of the Natural, Untreated Fabrics Do.
  • They Can be Dried in the Dryer.
  • Polyester Shower Curtains Dry in a Flash Because it Doesn’t Absorb Moisture.

The Cons

  • Polyester Doesn’t Feel as Luxurious as Natural Fabrics
  • It is Man Made, Synthetic
  • Not Considered as Eco-Friendly Products

Natural Fabrics: Cotton & Linen Shower Curtains

100% Cotton Shower Curtain Teal Blue

100% Cotton

The Pros

  • Cotton Shower Curtains and Linen Showers Curtain are Natural Fabrics
  • Natural Fabrics, Such as Cotton and Linen, Come in a Vast Array of Colors, Prints, Weaves and Thicknesses
  • They Look More Luxurious
  • They Feel Softer Than Synthetics
  • They Often Come With Matching Towels
  • Considered Eco-Friendly Products

The Cons

  • Cotton and Linen Shower Curtains are More Expensive Than Synthetics
  • They Are Not Water Repellant
  • They Absorb Water Very Quickly
  • They Don’t Dry Out Quickly
  • They Become Incubators For Mold and Mildew, (More So Than Hemp)
  • They Are Difficult To Care For
  • They Shrink Drastically If Not Washed and Dried Properly
  • They Must Be Hung To Dry, And They Take a Long Time To Dry
  • They Lack Any Defense Against Fungi, Bacteria and Unsightly Stains
  • Hard Water is a Big Problem Because it Leaves Brown Stains On The Curtain
  • You Will Need Good Ventilation in The Bathroom To Help Prevent Mildew (Mildew Causes Asthma and Allergies)
  • Cotton And Linen Crease Easily
  • Because These Absorb Water So Quickly, You Can Expect to Have A Lot Of Water On The Floor When You Get Out Of Your Shower. (A vinyl shower curtain liner will prevent this)
  • Natural Fabrics Are Much More Flammable Than Synthetic. Not Only Do They Ignite Readily, They Also Burn Much Faster Than Synthetic Curtains Do. (Not a Good Thing If You Like To Use Candles in the Bathroom)
  • Most Natural Fabrics are Coated With Waterproofing Of Some Kind So That They Won’t Soak Up So Much Water. If They Are Left Untreated They Would Be Useless, Unless You Had a Good Shower Curtain Liner To Stop The Water From Flooding Your Bathroom. (Note: Waterproofing Uses Chemicals)

Hemp Shower Curtains

Many people consider Hemp to be a much more Eco-friendly shower curtain than the other alternatives. Obviously, as you have already seen, there are pros and cons to every option that you need to take into consideration.

Organic Hemp Shower Curtain

Organic Hemp Shower Curtain

The Pros

  • It is a Natural Shower Curtain
  • The Pesticides Used Are Lower Than With Cotton
  • The Fabric Is Made From The Plant Fibers
  • The Hemp Fabric is Stronger and Longer Lasting Than The Fabric Produced From Cotton
  • Its Weave is More Open Allowing For To Breath More Readily
  • It is Resistant To Both Mildew And Bacteria
  • Considered Eco-Friendly Products

The Cons

  • It Will Absorb Water
  • You Will Need to Wring It Out And Wash It Frequently
  • It Deteriorates Quickly If You Leave It Wet So You Will Need To Care For It More Rigorously (Some people suggest you wash it every couple of days to keep it from degrading)
  • It Is Much More Expensive Than Synthetics (so if you are looking for inexpensive shower curtains these will be way above your budget)
  • You Will Get Water On Your Floor Unless You Use a Shower Curtain Liner

A Word Regarding Eco-Friendly Products

Regarding Cotton Shower Curtains

When looking for an organic shower curtain, many feel that cotton shower curtains are one of the best choices because it is a natural product, as is Hemp, and uses less pesticides. If one considers the amount of water that is necessary to produce cotton, perhaps they might change their minds. According to the Environmental Justice Foundation in London, to produce only 1 kilogram of cotton (Enough for a T-shirt and pair of Jeans) it takes approximately 20,000 liters of water. This is causing a great ecological disaster in some cotton producing countries. For more info on this you can read: EJF (2012)The True Costs of Cotton: Cotton Production and Water Insecurity. Environmental Justice Foundation, London.You Can Download The Report Here EJF_Aral_report_cotton_net_ok

Regarding Hemp Shower Curtains

Although hemp is an organic material that is Eco-friendly, there are many manufacturers appearing on the market who want to jump on the ecological bandwagon. This of course, is for profit to make themselves more money. These unscrupulous dealers will use chemicals to grow and produce their hemp fabrics so that they can get them to the market more quickly.

During the process of making the hemp similar in size and appearance, in a process known as water retting, the water runoff pollutes the body of water that they are using. This can cause environmental issues with the health of the neighboring areas.

With all of the chemicals and solvents used by these unscrupulous people, the outcome is probably worse than using man-made synthetics.

Natural Dyes

Natural dyes are not as Eco-friendly as people would have you believe. It is true that synthetic dyes use chemicals to bond the color the fabric, but natural dyes will not bond to fabric unless the fabric has been treated in mordants. Most of these mordants are highly toxic and some natural dyes, such as Hematein which are derived from logwood are hazardous. Hematein is classified with a rating of 2 (where 0 is harmless and 4 is the maximum).

Conclusion: Fabric Shower Curtains

Before we go on to look at Vinyl Shower Curtains such as PEVA shower curtains and EVA shower curtains in part 2, Let’s take a moment to consider the pros and cons of fabric shower curtains once more.

The Pros

  • Fabric Shower Curtains Look and Feel More Luxurious Than Plastics
  • They Can Give a More Formal Look To Your Bathroom
  • Come in Many Colors and Designs
  • They are Easy To Match With Your Decor
  • Many of the Fabric Shower Curtains are Washable in the Washing Machine (Especially polyester)

The Cons

  • Fabric is More Expensive Than Plastics, Vinyl etc.
  • Many Fabric Shower Curtains are Heavier and May Need More Secure Hardware to Keep Them Up. Spring Loaded Curtain Rods, Probably Won’t Do The Trick.
  • They Will Need Washing Much More Often (with the exception of synthetics such as polyester)
  • They Attract Mold and Mildew
  • Many of Them Absorb and Retain Moisture. (This makes them heavy and a breeding ground for fungi, mildew and mold)
  • Unless You Have a Very Gentle Shower Head, Water Will Definitely Leak Onto the Bathroom Floor. (This can be solved with a shower curtain liner)
  • Many Fabric Shower Curtains are Treated to Waterproof Them and Help Them Resist Mildew. (These treatments do include chemicals)
  • Hard Water Will Leave Unsightly Brown Stains on Your Fabric Shower Curtain Unless You Use a Shower Curtain Liner.

Please remember, many problems with fabric shower curtains can be solved with simply installing a proper shower curtain liner. This will protect your shower curtain and make the maintenance of Fabric Shower Curtains much less work.

As you can see, fabric shower curtains are available in many different materials. You are certain to find the exact one that you want to make your bathroom decor theme come to life.

Continue to Part II of our discussion on “Which Bathroom Shower Curtain is the Best?”

 

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Our aim is to help you find the best shower curtains and accessories that will perfectly match your bathroom decor. You will find many of the shower curtain themes that are popular today and even some vintage ones which will remind you of days gone by. So, whether you are fond of a more modern look or something more luxurious, hopefully our articles will at least spur some bathroom decorating ideas to get you started in your endeavors.

Shower Curtain Aqua Blue

Shower Curtains Aqua Blue

You will be amazed at how installing bathroom shower curtains can do so much for so little. You can really impress your visitors whether you go for a designer look, or for more budget friendly, cheap shower curtains. Money is not a big issue when it comes to bathroom decorating if you know what to look for.

If you think about it, the bathroom is probably the most used room in your house. It’s generally the first place to go to when you get up in the morning and the last place you visit before retiring to bed.  When visitors come over, it is in all likelihood, one of the rooms most scrutinized by them all.

I am sure, that you know the old saying, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression,” so why not get your bathroom into tiptop shape. A little bathroom decorating can go a very long way, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to do a nice job.

Our hope, is to encourage you to find some good bathroom decorating ideas that will fit your lifestyle. We will offer you interesting articles that will make choosing the correct shower curtains and bathroom accessories a breeze.

We will be discussing things such as color schemes, bathroom decorating ideas, as well as the different types of shower curtains available on the market such as:

Luxurious Bath Accessories

Luxurious Bath Accessories

We will also talk about all of the accessories that are needed to make your bathroom not only functional, but unique also. Tips on how to relax in a spa like setting will also be discussed along with the psychology of color and other interesting articles.

We know, from our own experience, that sometimes the bathroom is the only room in the house where you can escape to find some peace and quiet. We know the feeling of relief when you lock that door and take a deep breath, knowing that you will be alone, even if it’s just for a moment or two. We all need time to unwind and relax so why not make your bathroom your little haven of comfort.

It is so important that you take the time for yourself to get away from the hurry and the noise and just relax. Hopefully, we can inspire you to create for yourself a beautiful atmosphere that you and your family can enjoy.

We are hoping that this will become your one stop shop for all of your shower curtain and bathroom decorating needs.

Come back often so that you don’t miss out on any of the articles that will be coming up.

‘Till next time 🙂

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