According to Wanda Wisselthwaite, winner of the Gold Medal for towel rings at last year's Bathroom Decorating Olympics, a towel ring is typically placed alongside the sink. Many modern towel rings are not rings at all. No, they come in all sorts of stylish configurations that break out of the circle of mundane conformity to add panache, elan and je ne sais quoi to your bathroom's ensemble. And they are practical. Here's a rule of thumb for hanging a towel ring. Try to place the towel ring at a level for those typically using the bath. To achieve optimum towel hangability, leave at least 18 inches between the end of the towel and the floor.