Q: I finally talked my husband into redecorating our bathroom. The white tile floor and fixtures are fairly new, so we're not changing them. By keeping our white plumbing fixtures, we can paint the walls any color we want. Also, with the money saved, we would like to install some really nice bathroom accessories. Can you please suggest a few "hot accessories" that will be practical and look nice in our bathroom?

Q: I finally talked my husband into redecorating our bathroom. The white tile floor and fixtures are fairly new, so we're not changing them. By keeping our white plumbing fixtures, we can paint the walls any color we want. Also, with the money saved, we would like to install some really nice bathroom accessories. Can you please suggest a few "hot accessories" that will be practical and look nice in our bathroom? -- Jenni, New York state


A: You're in luck! I was speaking at a national kitchen-and-bath trade show this summer, and saw some really nice stuff. Here is my list of three trendy and practical bathroom accessories that can easily be added to any bathroom:


1. Decorative grab bars -- Manufacturers have hit on a winning product by combining the safety aspects of commercial grab bars with the decorative styling of fancy plumbing fixtures. The result is a beautiful accessory that will make your bathtub safer for everyone in the house, and add style as well. Decorative grab bars are also a top choice for older people who plan to stay in their present home.


2. Wall-hung soap dispenser -- This is a great accessory for anyone who is tired of having a bottle of liquid soap or a messy bar of soap on the bathroom counter. Plus, many bathroom sinks don't have an extra hole to install an "in-counter" soap dispenser. The slippery solution to both issues is a wall-hung dispenser. Also, if your dispenser is up on the wall, you'll gain more counter space.


3. Hoteliers -- I knew I'd get you with this fancy name for a high-end bathroom tower holder. The name will make more sense when I say that hoteliers are usually found at nice hotels. These decorative multitowel storage shelves offer a classic look, and will open up cabinet space in your bathroom. Many units also have built-in towel racks. So, when you're done showering, all your wet towels will be left high and dry.


Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call" and for hosting TV shows on Scripps Networks and HGTVPro.com. For information, visit eddelgrande.com or write eddelgrande@hgtvpro.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.