Whether you’re planning a new bathroom scheme from scratch or you’re thinking about updating an existing suite, choosing the right accessories can make all the difference to the overall look and feel of the room. From lighting and mirrors to towels and toiletries, there are so many options available in a huge range of colours, styles and materials. The first thing to consider is the style of your bathroom – is it classic or contemporary, industrial or natural looking? Is it full of bold brights or is it a more simple setting with plenty of sophisticated white sanitaryware? Having a theme in mind makes it easier to narrow it down and begin with a starting point…

Utopia’s Roseberry collection comes in a variety of styles and colours, including this eye-catching London Grey design. Team with a matching decorative cornice mirror, Sensuelle freestanding bath and Regent bath and basin mixers for an elegant touch

For many of us, having dedicated bathroom storage is key and it’s easier to keep the space clean-lined and clutter-free when you have fitted or freestanding furniture. Fitted designs will make the most of every inch and are ideal for awkward areas such as loft conversions and period properties, while freestanding pieces can easily be moved into different positions and taken with you if you move. To finish the look, choose decorative door handles – Utopia has a wide selection to complement all of its furniture ranges.

If you do prefer the freestanding style, a ladder shelf is perfect for a modern scheme, and you can display all your favourite lotions and potions on the stepped shelving. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune either – these ladder shelves in white are from Dunelm and cost just £35. The small mirror is priced £6; the bamboo toothbrush holder, £8; the lotion dispenser, £10 and the mirror with shelf, £30, www.dunelm.com

Dunelm also has a lovely range of towels as well as tumblers and soap dispensers. Think of these accessories as a feature rather than a practical necessity and it’s surprising how quickly and inexpensively you can update a tired scheme. The embossed leaves lotion dispenser, £5, has a matching tumbler, £3; while the Egyptian cotton hand towel in lavender costs £6 and the green leaves hand towel, £8.50, www.dunelm.com

Speaking of bathroom essentials, even your soap can create a pretty display on some shelving, the windowsill or bath corner. We love this set of six French soaps, which smell as good as they look. In honeysuckle, jasmin, magnolia, orange blossom, lily of the valley and rose blossom, they cost £16.95 from Live Laugh Love, www.livelaughlove.co.uk

When you’re brushing your teeth or relaxing in a nice hot tub, why not have some wall art to gaze at. There’s no rule that says you can’t hang pictures in the bathroom yet many of us rarely do. Choose something nautical to keep things ship-shape, like this original limited edition Bigger Boat screenprint (©Lu West), priced £85 on Artfinder, www.artfinder.com

Once you’ve finished creating a warm, welcoming bathroom scheme complete with all your lovely accessories, it’s time to lie back and relax. Treat yourself to an evening of pampering and restore tired limbs at the end of a hard day. This bamboo bath caddy is sure to help – it even comes with a book stand and wine glass holder and costs £34.97 from Bathroom Takeaway, www.bathroomtakeaway.co.uk