Shower curtains are often an underappreciated piece of bathroom decor. Choosing the right one can easily take your powder room from humdrum to sensational without a big investment. There’s a vast variety of materials, textures, and colors to consider, plus a long list of unique, outside-the-box options for hanging your curtain and personalizing your space. Whether you’re replacing a worn-out, white-crusted shower curtain or just hoping to revitalize your bathroom, there are plenty of ideas to inspire you.
Who says a shower curtain has to be a traditional color or pattern? Brighten things up by adding some glitzy sparkle-and-shine to your bathroom. These glitter-textured, metallic, or sequined options not only up the glam, but they’re unique and attractive alternatives to the usual versions. Choose from a faux-print glitter version or opt for a style with embroidered gem accents or shimmering rhinestone trim.
It’s sturdy, handles water well, and retains its shape, despite day-to-day exposure in steamy bathrooms. Not only is canvas eco-friendly, but it’s easy to care for, fits an array of decor styles, and looks more expensive than it is. If you’re picturing an off-white color in your head, think again. Canvas shower curtains are available in a variety of shades and prints. If you’re looking for something a bit less hefty, check out duck cloth, instead.
Extend the zebra, giraffe, or leopard accents in other parts of your home into your bathroom. You’ll find an extensive collection of animal-print shower curtains in both fabric and vinyl options. Choose from a variety of colors, or try one with photo-realistic or abstract graphics to create your very own, personalized wildlife theme.
From dainty, delicate pastels to bold-and-beautiful, multi-colored explosions, flower-print shower curtains fit in with just about any type of decor. Whether you’re seeking to add some pops of color, highlight your bathroom’s architectural style, or infuse some energy into your surroundings, florals can do the trick. Stick to minimal color combinations for a quieter or more refined look. Larger prints provide greater contrast, creating a dramatic, bold look.
Toss out those ugly, breakable plastic rings. Move on from the metal hooks that rust over time. Instead, make the switch to grommet-top hookless shower curtains. The metal built-in rings slide easily over the curtain rod for simple installation. They’re available in every color and pattern imaginable, and some versions even come with a snap-in, replaceable liner.
Abstract flowers, retro brick patterns, atomic stars, boomerangs, polka dots, and schools of line-drawn fish are just some of the popular prints inspired by stylish homes of the 1950s and 60s. If your abode is a unique collection of kitschy knickknacks, consignment store gems, and one-of-a-kind thrift store finds, this is the shower curtain style for you.
Create a bathroom focal point with double swag shower curtains. Side panels tie back to frame the shower, and a short valance runs across the top, hiding any visible hardware. Whether you prefer shiny, opulent materials or tailored, muted colors, the swag shower curtain is a versatile option for romantic Victorian decor as well as high-end, traditional looks.
Remedy cramped showers by replacing a straight shower rod with a curved one that arcs out over the rim of the tub. Not only will you have more room for your arms but the curved shape keeps the wet shower curtain from touching your skin. Curved rods change the shape of a bathroom without taking up precious space, even in smaller rooms. A standard-size shower curtain will fit the curved shape, but if you want more slack in the fabric, try an extra-wide curtain instead.
With plastic and PVC products getting a lot of negative attention due to environmental concerns, the selection of eco-friendly, fun, attractive vinyl shower curtains is growing. See-through vinyl curtains constructed out of PEVA — a non-chlorinated vinyl — are a great option if you’re not a fan of fabric shower curtains. They're available in clear or color-blocked options. Choose a pocketed version that lets you store bath products as well as your cell phone, tablet, baby monitor, and other electronics for safe access during your shower.
It may seem like a simple idea, but tassels, fringes, and other embellishments can transform a meh shower curtain into something extraordinary. If you prefer the look of solid white curtains, look for those with added macrame details or tassels across the top or bottom. Turkish fabric shower curtains, adorned with hand-knotted fringes across the lower edge, could be the perfect zhuzh-up your bathroom needs.