Published on February 5, 2020

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Photography by Sara Ligorria-Tramp for Emily Henderson Design

When you put so much effort into choosing your shower curtain, bath mat, and towels, barely there shower curtain hooks hardly seem like an aesthetically important component. But that kind of thinking is a missed opportunity because the metal loops are the earrings of the bathroom.

You can spend from dusk till dawn picking out an incredible outfit—and if you forget to wear earrings, more likely than not, no one will notice. But if you do go the extra mile and throw on a pair, it will bring your whole look to the next level (and probably garner a good number of compliments). The same goes for the hooks that hold up your shower curtain: Go for the traditional option and they’ll blend in with the rest of the room. Pick a set that stands out—say the ones from the latest Hearth & Hand with Magnolia drop at Target—and they’ll be the tiny accent that makes your space feel complete.

These aren’t your average hooks. Their U shape enables them to secure curtain and liner separately, and their elongated sides make them pop on the bar more than a typical circular set might—not unlike how hoops make a greater impact than studs. For just $10, you’ll elevate the entire room ever so slightly (plus distract from budget-buy curtains), which is ideal whether you’re a renter or just not currently in the market to fully switch out fixtures and tile. In this case, the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts.

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