In the well-designed world of interiors, much attention is paid to the flashy stuff. A statement rug, gallery walls, the stylish bar cart—there are numerous nooks and crannies to consider, each with their accompanying style moment. But what about the ordinary necessities? It’s all too common to fixate on a snazzy purchase like a midcentury modern sofa or sculptural lamp, but forget about the items you use on a daily basis—also known as the ‘boring’ stuff. But you’d be remiss to neglect these simple staples; invest in the everyday and every day will feel more special.
From toilet paper holders to brooms, there are countless objects that you regularly interact with and they don’t all have to come from Amazon or CVS. And funnily enough, interior designers need these items, too (everyone does, in fact). If you’ve ever been curious where experts turn to for things like hand towels or trash cans, continue ahead for a handful of useful insights.
If you’ve been holding onto the same rag tag mix of towels accumulated over the years and don’t love the way they look on the bathroom hook, make a swap. “Towels are such a personal day-to-day piece, not just in their physical and tactile application, but by way of aesthetic expression,” Kennedy Nolan Director of Architecture Adriana Hanna says. “BAINA towels strike a wonderful balance of calming tones and geometric play that harmoniously elevate my own bathroom spaces.” Jessica Nicastro of Jessica Nicastro Design says a boring item she swears by is a black honeycomb towel from French US. “It adds texture and a gradient of color into a bathroom that cannot be beat.”
Unless you’re gut renovating a home or starting from scratch, most people don’t pay much attention to their toilet paper holders—that’s about to change. “Every space should have an element that is completely unexpected and interesting,” Ali Budd of Ali Bud Interiors says. “I’m obsessed with Katie Stout’s sculptural toilet paper holder. It takes an item that is typically boring and ignored and creates a fun and edgy conversation piece.” If you’re open to a toilet paper upgrade but your style skews more minimal, Jenn Sharp knows the place. “Mi & Gei bath accessories add an unusual touch to any bathroom and their toilet paper holder is one of my favorites,” the Senior Designer at JayJeffers Inc. says.
Another everyday fixture that you may not even consider giving a refresh is the hardware throughout your home, such as drawer handles or doorknobs. “So many people consider hardware as an afterthought, but when considered properly, it can act as jewelry within a space,” Budd says. “Shayne Fox does a gorgeous pull that has just the right amount of drama.”
“There’s nothing I love more than fancy hand soap, taking the mundane (and often) task of hand washing straight to luxurious heights,” Courtney Sempliner of Courtney Sempliner Designs says. Her pick: the aromatic hand soaps from Aesop, which look beautiful on a bathroom shelf. Another hand soap that’s catching designers’ eyes at the moment is Kept. “I love Kept Home’s hand soap, I rarely buy from anywhere else now,” Hilary Matt of Hilary Matt Interiors shares. “I love the pretty, simple bottle and their signature No.1106 scent has notes of sandalwood.”
Cleaning is an unfortunate ongoing life responsibility, so why not opt for stylish tools? “I love the brooms and house brushes from Andrée Jardin,” Lead Interior Designer & Art Director at Circa Interiors & Antiques Heather Smith says. “Useful, well-made, …….