I love the chic ceiling mounted shower curtain rod and everything about this functions perfectly, so that’s a win in my books – even if it took a lot of trial and error! For the second attempt we searched high and low in our city, hoping we could examine it carefully for any defects before purchasing. We finally found one, but it didn’t have enough of a surface area to grip our textured tile, so it came crashing down too. My Mom brought over one of the brushed nickel West Elm curtain rods from her bedroom and we played with some options: mounted right above the shower?
But we couldn’t steal Mom’s curtain rod (which West Elm discontinued), so we needed to find a simple, modern rod with small, ceiling mounted brackets and a brushed nickel finish. I looked online for weeks to no avail and drove to all of the home reno and curtain shops in town – finally tracking down the perfect rod (since finding one, I did spot a somewhat similar rod online, if you’re looking for one).
Mine was a custom order from Budget Blinds (which, at $200 for a curtain rod, wasn’t as budget-friendly as I had hoped!). The ceiling mounted shower curtain rod is excellent quality and it matches the Kohler fixtures exactly, which is important because brushed nickel finishes can really vary and some of them look very, very cheap. Curtain rings ultimately added a couple of weeks to my timeline, but I have to admit that these do slide reeealllly nicely and they look really sharp. In the meantime, I realized the linen shower curtain I had bought, although it was supposed to be long enough, wasn’t actually going to reach the floor everywhere.
My Mom and I headed to Fabricland for fabric ideas but I also ordered some samples of a metallic linen. I just thought it would look so chic and upscale but, at the end of the day, this is a shower curtain and that fabric isn’t even washable!
At Fabricland I found a clearance fabric that was double the regular width (it’s meant for draperies). The light grey and pale aqua tie together my colors scheme and brighten up the room which, although blindingly sunny in the winter, is quite a bit darker in the summer thanks to heavy tree coverage behind our house (you can see the trees on this side of our house actually peeking over the roof in my DIY fire pit post). We decided to add a soft, very minimal pleat so the curtain would drape evenly when closed. We used drapery hooks to easily affix the curtain to the rings, but they remove in snap for laundering.
It’s excellent quality, with grommets and bonus little suction cups on either side to hold it in place (so clever). By this point, I had grown a little weary of the whole shower curtain business because, frankly, I prefer a soothing bath these days anyway.
I have a way easier DIY shower curtain tutorial – with liner – right here, you just need to sew button holes.