Nov 182010
 

Robe

The bathroom in my new one-bedroom apartment was covered in small tiles of speckled robin’s egg blue-on-white, but the carpets in the living room and bedroom were champagne brown, which dictated that all bath towels, bath mats and bathrobes had to be in shades of brown.

I had moved into my new apartment on the Monday and, by Thursday, was ready to launch myself into the mundane yet delicate business of populating it with quality towels and luxurious bath robes. I had never, however, suspected that my choice would be limited by the apartment’s color scheme, but I was now convinced that nothing but beige, chocolate brown and perhaps a greyish-hued taupe would compliment the carpets and painted accent wall. Hand towels, a tubmat or two and almost certainly more than one soft waffle bathrobe were on the must-buy list, and the challenge would be to find them in colors complimenting those resident in the apartment.

I chose to shop online and was immediately confronted with choices that ranged from eco friendly and Egyptian cotton to organic and bamboo┬árayon/cotton mix. I was also barraged with browns and found myself contemplating the advantages of the ecru – whitish brown – bamboo bath towel over those of the chestnut-shaded luxury supima towel. The waffle bathrobe was brilliant in beige and looked equally as good with or without a monogram, and I was debating whether or not to buy it along with either the taupe and chocolate renaissance towels or the coffee and linen organic towels. As far as bath towels went, however, the adventure was not over, and my attention was soon diverted by the cayenne-colored elegance towels and – this was possibly the most exciting of all – the espresso, lite gold, chocolate-charcoal, cream and rosebud Egyptian cotton towels.

All too soon my buying spree was over, and I was anxiously awaiting delivery of my delicious cream, chocolate and espresso Turkish bathrobes/towels and tub mat set. When they arrived, they complimented the apartment’s color scheme perfectly and even made the somewhat unappealing robin’s egg blue tiles seem more acceptable.