The do's and don'ts of using and displaying towels in your bathroom

Towels, both a functional and decorative element in our bathrooms, play a surprisingly significant role in elevating the overall appeal and functionality of this space. Whether you’re looking to make a design statement or ensure they’re handy for their primary use, the way you handle towels can make all the difference. Here’s a guide to ensure you're using and displaying them right.


  • Rotate Regularly: Just like sheets, you shouldn’t overuse one towel for too long. Make it a point to rotate and wash them regularly to ensure they remain fresh and hygienic.
  • Choose Complementary Colors: Match your towel colors to the tones of your bathroom. This doesn’t mean they need to be the same color, but complementary shades can pull the room’s aesthetic together.
  • Fold Neatly: Whether you’re stacking them on an open shelf or hanging them, make sure your towels are neatly folded. Consistent folds give a tidy and organized appearance.
  • Utilize Hooks and Rings: For frequently used towels, hooks and rings can be a convenient display option. They are especially handy for guest bathrooms where quick access is needed.
  • Keep a Separate Set for Guests: Always keep a separate, maybe slightly more decorative set of towels for guests. This ensures they feel welcome and you get to flaunt your best set.


  • Overcrowd: Resist the urge to stuff too many towels on one rack or shelf. It looks cluttered and doesn't allow them to dry properly. 
  • Leave Damp: Always ensure towels get to dry out fully. A damp towel is not only unpleasant to use but can also become a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Ignore Texture and Quality: It might be tempting to get the cheapest towels or those that match the décor, but it's essential to consider texture and quality. A good-quality towel can be both functional and decorative.
  • Forget Hand and Face Towels: Often, in the zeal to find the perfect bath towel, we forget the smaller hand and face towels. These are essential and should be accessible to anyone using the bathroom..
  • Neglect Cleaning Towel Racks and Holders: Dust and moisture often gather around these areas. Regularly clean and dry the racks and holders to ensure your towels remain clean.

Your bathroom might be a private space, but the towels within it speak volumes. They can tell guests whether you value cleanliness, have an eye for detail, or even if you are considerate about their comfort. Follow these do's and don'ts, and your bathroom will always be ready to make a positive statement.