Towel trends, material and sizes
- Organic textiles
- Shower and window curtains
- Kids' textiles
The bathroom is not only about soaking in a bath, water-saving showerheads and heated towel rails. It’s also about wrapping yourself up in a luxury towel. We reveal the secret to buying a good towel and other bathroom textiles to stop you suffering from the bathroom blues.
Greys and blues are popular colours of the moment, but don’t forget the natural hues that reflect our desire to be at one with nature. If you want to make a statement, take the plunge with rich berry colours.
We can take the trusty old towel for granted, but there is a science behind all of that drying power. A fine single loop means your towel has the virtual drying power of a Chamois; whereas multiple loops can leave you feeling like you’re trying to dry yourself with your shower curtain. Finer yarns have narrower loops, which are faster and more efficient at drying, and the more loops, the greater the absorbency.
Egyptian cotton has a reputation for being the best quality cotton available in the world due to its long staple length. Fine linen begins with fine cotton, which depends on the lengths of individual fibres, or staples; and the longer the staple the better the quality cotton. It's very difficult to judge what a good towel, generally, you want to get a towel that is a bit rougher for better drying power.
Lighter towels give a better dry because towel dye reduces its absorbency – the more dye, the less it dries. Softer towels, although popular, don’t always have a great drying power as some manufacturers include softening agents on the towel to enhance its consumer appeal.
Australian Weaving Mills advise that the base of the towel works in conjunction with the loops by acting as a storage area. A towel with the right combination of fine loops and thicker base will have a firm, self-supporting feel. In contrast, a towel at the other end of the range will lack body, giving a lifeless, limp feel.
The following list is a general guide to towel sizes:
Bath sheet 90 x 180cm
Bath towel 70 x 140cm
Bath mat 60 x 80cm
Hand towel 45 x 80cm
Face washer 33 x 33cm
Caring for your towels
While we’re not going to tell you how to use your washing machine, did you know that fabric softener reduces towels’ absorbency as it builds up a water resistant layer on the fibres? To fluff up your towels' loops, instead of using fabric softener, shake each towel when wet and again after drying.
Many organic bathroom textiles such as organic cotton and hemp are available to consumers. Theses textiles provide chemical free, environmentally friendly products. Most retailers’ products have to meet stringent criteria for organic certification, but check with individual stockists to ensure they meet your standards.
We know that bathroom trends have been blurring the lines between indoors and the outdoors, so what better way to do it than with a wooden bath mat. These wooden wonders enable you to dry yourself after bathing without soaking a bath mat. What’s more, it could even prevent fungal infections because feet can ‘air dry’.
Less is more when it comes to dressing up a shower. If you don’t want to go with this season's latest trend of a glass screen - or no screen - you can opt for one of the latest trendy plastic shower curtains at a fraction of the price.
One of the latest trends in bathroom curtains is to throw away the curtains and shield your windows with foliage from the outside – giving a gorgeous green outlook. If you can’t go all natural, try the next best thing and install wooden blinds. If you’re feeling artistic you could always apply frosted spray paint to your windows; giving privacy while still allowing light into your bathroom. Jazz it up, or personalise your bathroom windows by spray painting using a stencil.
Buy a funky bath mat for your kids to combine safe non-slip surface with bath time fun. Hooded or novelty towels will keep your bundle of joy extra warm, while providing and enticing exit from the bath!