skip the towel rod. It's always hard to decorate around the towel rod. Plus, this fits a LOT more towels. I completely agree about skipping the towel rod.unless it's a heated towel rod in Michigan in winter :)
Want thinner shelves- Floating shelves above the toilet in this bathroom is much prettier and more useful than the pointless towel bar that was there. *Everything on the shelves is from Ikea. The basket holding the toilet paper is from Crate and Barrel.