Make Your Bathroom & Kitchen Sparkle With White

Chyka Keebaugh

In the age of the perfect white kitchens and bathrooms, things can look a little cold and clinical without some well thought out decor items.

You might think that using more white may contribute to this but honestly, everything looks so calm and peaceful with white accents.

White in the kitchen

We all know that I am a lover of a display tea towel (have you bought one of mine yet?). But it’s also really important to have a pile of clean white tea towels for polishing off glassware and silver. Nothing too fancy, just simple and classic. Like the white serviette, you do need to keep looking fresh and white. Having the basics really sets your kitchen up to go the distance. Fashions change, interior styles changes - I am confident in saying that white will always remain a base.

I have a marble bench in my kitchen and a tray of all white jugs, dishes, and bowls. I regularly change and use these vessels to hold a variety of kitchen items that I know will look good all together. A white jug with fresh mint looks and smells amazing, while a collection of different white footed bowls looks great with different fruits in them. They, of course, need to be to all white because you want the accessories to blend in and not jump out. It's all about a variation of size to create a little interest for what is technically storage. In my overhead cupboards, I have all my varying white China on display. Everything is easy to get to so that I can always rotate what I have and I make sure I use everything. I have some great white cutlery in a glass jug in that section so I don't forget to use it too. Am I sounding a little OCD? Yes, I am, but I am too house proud to deny it!

White in the bathroom

My other favourite room to use white in is the bathroom. All white fluffy towels are heaven and always look so fresh. They don’t jump out at you like colour does, they gently blend in. I love having white accessories like a tissue box, toothbrush holder for only white brushes and a soap dish and white soap. On a side note - toilet paper! Please, let’s only use plain white with no patterns! No, no frogs, no green leaves and certainly no quirky comics. I keep a wire basket next to all my toilets full of toilet paper so we never run out!

I always take the practical things out of their packaging and display them, so why don’t you have a go - remove all artificial flowers and coloured soaps and turn this space into a sanctuary. A pile of gorgeous towels sitting on a chair makes the bathroom feel a little decadent, there is no real on your bathroom cannot be as inviting as your bedroom. I also like to have white bath flakes in a glass container with cotton wool, buds and balls also out on display in gorgeous vessels. A beautiful white fragrant candle ready to be lit and now you try and tell me you are not ready to jump into that bath right now!

How to look after your towels

  • Wash and dry bath towels before using them for the first time. 
  • Most towels have silicone, so washing the towels removes this finishes and allows for maximum absorbency.
  • To set the colours, wash coloured towels with similar colours in warm water for the first several washes. 
  • Use about half the recommended amount of detergent and add 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar to the wash water. (The vinegar helps set the colors and removes excess detergent residue).
  • Wash towels every three to four days. Use warm water and color-safe bleach (if needed) for colored towels. Use hot water and non chlorinated bleach (if needed) for white towels.
  •  White towels should be washed separately or with other white items to avoid subtle discolouration over time.
  • Use fabric softeners according to directions, but use only every three or four washes. Waxy buildup from softeners can deteriorate the towel fibers over time and reduce their absorbency
  • Give your towels a shake when taking them out of the washer. This will help fluff the terry loops that aid absorbency. Don’t iron terry towels; this will reduce absorbency.

Now you have no excuse to not have the fluffiest, whitest towel!

Photos: Mark LoboLisa Atkinson, Copyright © Chyka Keebaugh.