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38 Cheap But Expensive-Looking Bathroom Accessories

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Because we like obsessing over the little things at the Strategist, we wanted to focus on the bathroom. It might not be where you do your entertaining, but let’s be honest: Everyone loves a good snoop around a bathroom. Whether you’re a bath person or a shower person, you probably spend a lot of time in there, so we cross-referenced our previously reported stories on bathroom décor and snooped around for tasteful pieces (that don’t cost a small fortune) rounded up some of the best cheap (but expensive-looking) bathroom accents for adding a decadent touch on a small budget. While most of these accessories are available on Amazon, we’ve found some options elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around.

Luxspire Vanity Tray

This marble-y tray would be great for meticulously arranging your the Ordinary products — or maybe just for storing your jewelry while you jump in the shower.

Even if your bathroom isn’t decked out in millennial-pink tones, this bin would be a nice touch.

For a more muted option, we like this faux-rattan bin.

Our U.S. colleagues love the fancy-spa feel of a bamboo bath mat — a way nicer option than the bobbly, foisty cotton ones.

Or, if you’re interested in lightweight Turkish towels (also known as hammam or peshtemal towels), this Cacala Pure towel comes highly recommended by Amazon customers.

Ferns love humid, damp conditions, so introducing one to your bathroom is practically matchmaking.


Or, if you’re struggling to keep them alive, a couple of faux ferns would look just as nice.

Faux or not, you’ll need a planter. We like the band of gold on this ceramic option (which also has a handy saucer).

A couple of pillar candles in lanterns would make your Sunday bath feel a bit fancier. This textured option is almost sculptural.

We like these birdcage-style ones, which come in a set of two.

The chains on this hanging mirror are a nice accent.


And to avoid grimey soap stains on your surfaces, get a soap tray with a little spout that makes for easier cleaning. This set of three look like something you’d find in Goodhood.

We featured this wall-ladder on the Strategist as a great bit of décor for your bedroom, but it would be a great piece for your bathroom towels, too.

This bamboo shower stool could also be used to stash towels.

It’s totally normal not to think of “expensive-looking” when you think of shower curtains, but this geometric design is pretty nice.

These floating shelves (which are Strategist best-sellers) would look great filled with an assortment of plants.

Even your regular soap will feel fancy in this vintage soap dispenser.

We love a useful contraption, and this device, designed to wring out every last bit of toothpaste, is a real game-changer.

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The kind of gown you’d happily swipe from a hotel room, from Amazon’s in-house basics range.

A paraben- and sulphate-free bubble bath, made using English honey.

Add a splash of colour to your bathroom floor.

We like the thick cotton strap on this body brush.

An inoffensive toilet brush, with a recess to store your cleaning materials.

We also like this slim brush, which can easily be stashed out of sight.

This corner shelf could be used to store towels and loo roll – as well as in the shower itself.


Sing along in the shower with this waterproof speaker (with a 12-hour battery life).

This cart is a good solution to a storage-free bathroom.

Keep your bathroom decluttered with these storage boxes, which would look nice both on open shelves or in a drawer.

Speaking of storage, you could keep guest towels stashed in this basket.

We like these Atomic-ish coat hangers. Use them for dressing gowns, towels and shower caps.

Put your cotton bud habit to bed, with this reusable swab.

Not only does this look like something you might find in Habitat, the adhesive back means you don’t need to drill it in (perfect if you’re in a rental).

And to put on that roll holder: an ecofriendly loo roll that looks so charming that you’ll want to leave it in view.

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38 Cheap But Expensive-Looking Bathroom Accessories