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Bathroom trends come and go - I remember the brief moment when matte black tiles were all the rage, despite how quickly they got watermarked - but there are a few that have staying power.
And one of those is the allure of the spa bathroom. 'Marble, natural stone, a color palette of painted plaster,' the acclaimed Dutch designer Piet Boon told me recently, when we were discussing the perfect bathroom. 'These are the materials that have longevity.'
But there is one element of the spa bathroom you can install quickly and affordably, without a remodel and whether you have deeply veined tiles or not. And that's the bath caddy.
A bath caddy is a simple tray that fits across the top of the bath and is there to hold your skincare/iPad/scented candle/book/glass of wine while you soak. And it is so much more luxe than the sum of its parts. Having one gives you the ability to lie in the bath for as long as the water is warm - with all you need quite literally at hand. I see them as being the must-have accessory for 2024. Here's my pick of the best to buy now.
The best bath caddies to buy now
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The best white bath caddies
Dimensions: 1"H, 30"W, 6"D
Made from marble, this caddy would work in a minimalist bathroom - its grooved detailing adding a much-needed element of non-slip for your wine glass.
Dimensions: 1.3'' H X 32'' W X 8'' D
With an ergonomic, almost architectural approach to the smoothness of this design, this caddy would fit into a modern bathroom well.
The best wood bath caddies
Wood - alongside natural stone - was one of the materials the designer Piet Boon picked out as having longevity and luxe vibes for a bathroom. I certainly think it softens all the glossy-by-necessity-of-function surfaces.
Dimensions: W 5 3/4". L 27 1/2".
Don't let the budget price tag fool you - this bamboo bath caddy is way more luxe than it costs. Its ridges evoke the fluted surface bathroom trend we've seen this year, adding depth and character.
Dimensions: 1.7"H, 30.8"W
A darker wood this time, for a richer, more sophisticated look. The brass handles adding just a hint of a gleam for the light of your scented candle to flicker off. And relax.
The best brass bath caddies
Dimensions: Adjustable length from 26" to 33"
'Bronze is one of the most beautiful materials, it's like art,' Piet Boon told me. Well, this brass bath caddy has the same gleaming effect, contrasting with a plain white tub.
Dimensions: 5"H, 24"W, 6.75"D
A subtle sunburst decal bookends this bath caddy, adding a touch of Art Deco charm. This has enough compartments for your candle, drink and products, though you may struggle to prop a book on it.
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The editor of Livingetc, Pip Rich (formerly Pip McCormac) is a lifestyle journalist of almost 20 years experience working for some of the UK's biggest titles. As well as holding staff positions at Sunday Times Style, Red and Grazia he has written for the Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times and ES Magazine. The host of Livingetc's podcast Home Truths, Pip has also published three books - his most recent, A New Leaf, was released in December 2021 and is about the homes of architects who have filled their spaces with houseplants. He has recently moved out of London - and a home that ELLE Decoration called one of the ten best small spaces in the world - to start a new renovation project in Somerset.
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