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If eyes are the window to the soul, shower curtains are the same, but for the bathroom.
Speaking personally, it’s been, uh, some time since I’ve updated my bathroom. The meme that features Gloria Stuart saying, “It’s been 84 years…” from the much-lauded scene in Titanic right before the main storyline starts comes to mind, in fact. Although there are lots of cosmetic things I want to do, like changing out the tile and buying new fixtures, there’s one extremely easy way to achieve that change of scenery I so long for: buying a new shower curtain.
When I started looking around for replacements, I unearthed a lot of options. There’s a curtain for everyone now, no matter your taste or style, from the gloriously high end to ones that look like they would also make hilarious greeting cards.
When it comes to bathrooms, the best shower curtains frame the whole experience! Even if your powder room already has all the proverbial framing it needs, take a look at these eye-catching shower curtains and try to tell me you aren’t inspired!
1. A sophisticated shower curtain with snap-in liners
This shower curtain from Bed Bath and Beyond is hookless and features a built-in liner, which means it basically has a do-it-all functionality. I knew that there were options that had a do-it-all approach, but I didn’t know they were this convenient. Plus, this one comes in a ton of cool colors and is simple enough for a very straightforward design aesthetic, and features a built-in liner. I’m living old school right now, where I need to buy the curtain and liner them separately, and let me tell you—this combo is kind of a game- changer. With a near 5-star rating and more than 1,500 reviews, I’d say other people’s games are changing over this option, too.
2. A green-and-white shower curtain with tassels
When I saw the tassels on this UGG Napa Shower Curtain from Bed Bath and Beyond, my immediate thought was, “How extremely appropriate for me.” As someone with tastes that swing in extremes—sometimes, I’m really only interested in a shower curtain that is highly functional and fairly subdued in design, while other times, I could care less if it actually keeps water inside the tub, as long as it has a fun phrase—this one strikes a perfect balance, and could for shoppers who feel similarly. It’s tasteful yet fun, and it’s machine washable, which is a big selling point.
3. This faux silk shower curtain with colorful stripes
This shower curtain by Madison Park is pretty much what I imagine when I close my eyes and think, “jazz musician’s bathroom.” First of all, the broad stripes are beautifully done on a faux silk fabric, so you’re getting luxury at a super affordable price. To crank things up a notch, there are 10 colors to choose from, each with an aptly done shade gradient that’s harmonious with its blending complementary colors.
4. A simple no muss, no fuss plastic shower curtain
For bathroom renovations that might involve a lot of pageantry in other areas, like a really fancy faucet or a gorgeous new tile, you don’t want the shower curtain to detract from the work you’ve done. This one has you covered: It’s one solid color, plastic, and comes with weighted stones built into it so it’ll hang correctly.
5. A high-quality linen shower curtain that won’t break the bank
Looking back, I think I’ve had exactly two linen shower curtains in my life, and they were both pretty expensive. I definitely felt decadent, but had my roommate not cajoled me into stepping my bathroom game up, I probably wouldn’t have gone with them. Had I known this option on Amazon existed, I could have had the linen curtain of my dreams at a much more affordable cost. (Lucky for you, you can learn from my example.) It’s made of polyester, so you’ll still need the interior liner, but it does come with built-in ring holes and has over 4,000 reviews and an overall 4.5-star rating.
6. This weird but great shower curtain of a man punching a bear
I can absolutely see this shower curtain in a rustic-looking cabin in the woods, or perhaps in a new apartment, where you’re trying to be anything but average. It’s absolutely phenomenal, whatever the final setting might be, and you only need to look at it to see why: It’s a shower curtain of a man punching a bear.
7. A floral-printed shower curtain by a famous designer
Any Project Runway fans will immediately recognize the name behind this shower curtain, Christian Siriano. While his talents are usually reserved for red carpet gowns, this time around, he’s helping your bathroom look elegant and eye-catching with this lightweight, floral shower curtain. Featuring rose, gray, blue, and pink hues, it’s a great pick for those with similar color schemes in their bathroom, and totally makes it feel like you’ve been transported to a botanical garden. As an added bonus, reviewers also praise how silky smooth the fabric is.
8. This gorgeous shower curtain with an ivy print
I am in love with this shower curtain by Andover Mills on Wayfair. The print is so chic, and although it looks like it’s made of delicate lace, it’s actually vinyl. For bathrooms trending toward the botanical, a pattern like this one is perfect. This 4.5-star rated pick is simple, but the silver detailing pops, which is also great for bathrooms that don’t have a ton of light. The clear fabric and the silver shimmer will give the illusion that it’s brighter in there than it really is, plus, close to 1,000 shoppers swear by it, so you can feel confident that this one is a solid choice.
9. A shower curtain with vintage floral pattern
If I could dedicate an entire house to faded, pale pastels, I would absolutely do so. If you’re like me, this shower curtain could be a must-have, as it’s so reminiscent of that beautiful vintage, cottage-on-a-hillside vibe that so many long for. This August Grove shower curtain is available in nine colors—all floral of course. One major perk of this one is that you can machine wash it, which is so convenient and apparently a major selling point with Wayfair shoppers, as close to 600 reviewers rave about it and have collectively given it a 4.7-star rating on the site.
10. A shower curtain with cracked glass accents
Love that 60’s mod style? For whatever reason, it’s what comes to mind whenever I look at this pattern. This 4.7-star rated pick feels like it would be stellar in a quintessential 60’s mod abode—think, lamps with chunky glass beads, a lot of art featuring colorful geometric shapes, a kitchen with a lime green refrigerator, and a bathroom (of course) with this exact shower curtain design.
11. This underwater treasure of a shower curtain
It’s appropriate for a shower curtain to feature sea creatures, but we’re used to seeing repeating patterns of fish with the occasional palm tree. This beauty is on theme, but it’s a whole octopus rendered in absolutely stunning colors. It’s an actual work of art that’ll really set a trendy mood in your bathroom, and I’m here for it.
12. This shower curtain with flowers and cats
Everything is better with a cat picture, and this is no exception. It’s as if the genius behind this design featured on Society6 started with an artful collection of muted florals and then thought, “ah, yes—it needs cats,” and voila, this curtain was born!
13. A shower curtain with a nighttime garden vibe
If you’ve ever thought, “I wonder what it’s like to shower in a jungle at night,” then boy do I have the shower curtain for you. This gorgeous option from Society6 boasts vibrant, contrasting shades in an almost watercolor style, with a black backdrop to really cement the exotic garden mood. It’s 100% polyester, so you’re getting a high-quality fabric, and you can throw this stunner in the washing machine and tumble it dry on low.
14. A shower curtain with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor
Technically, this shower curtain isn’t really saying anything out of the ordinary: One typically does remove their clothing before bathing. It’s the perfect thing to add to your bathroom wardrobe if you like to change things up every now and then. The premium fabric (it’s a polyester and cotton blend) makes it possible to throw it in the washing machine, which is fantastic for maintenance. It does lift the price a bit, but for comedy gold, you get what you pay for.
15. A shower curtain for fans of famous designers
I’m not saying this particular shower curtain is top-tier designer fashion, but it features enough of the biggest names that it might as well be. The print makes it look like boxes from well-known names, such as Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, are all stacked up beneath a stunning Yves Saint Laurent bag. All done on a black background, to boot, for that extra high class “je ne sais quoi.”
16. This shower curtain depicting a tree in stunning rainbow water colors
This shower curtain by Loftipop on Etsy is rendered on a beautiful white backdrop with a solid black outline of a tree comprising the shape. The leaves are multi-hued water color splotches in a rainbow pattern, which is totally eye-catching. Like with most other polyester curtains, feel free to machine wash this one! Just note that because of the vivid colors, make sure you wash it cold and tumble dry low.
17. This shower curtain featuring Japanese art
Sometimes, all your bathroom needs to be is a showroom for your favorite artwork. Take, for example, this shower curtain from Etsy. It’s a stunning piece of art displaying vividly-rendered cranes on a black backdrop, and each shape has so much movement. The birds are flying upward at an angle, which is evocative of flight and energy. The fabric is polyester and, as a nice added perk, it’s waterproof and mildew resistant. When you do want to give it a good clean, throw it in the wash and tumble dry low.
18. A summer-ready shower curtain with dragonfly detailing
I’m such a sucker for the warm months, and there’s truly not a better indication that they’re approaching than seeing dragonflies zipping through the air. They’re such pretty insects, so having them hanging out all year ‘round would be such a mood lifter. It’s the perfect thing to chase away winter blues.
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