This inexpensive bathroom trend turns your space into a spa - and our Editor is fully on board

Bath caddies are the new bathroom must-have which instantly turn the space into a spa - our Editor picks his favorite ones

wood bath caddy over a modern bath tub
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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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I've scoured the internet to find the best bathroom caddies from the best home decor stores - and ordered myself the Anthropologie Mercedes at the same time. 

The best white bath caddies

The best wood bath caddies

The best brass bath caddies

Pip Rich

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.