How to Upgrade Your Bathroom If You’re Renting

When renting, there is often that one room you may find difficult to decorate according to your taste: the bathroom. Indeed, it can be challenging to make it yours without being able to change everything about it. 

However, there are a few things that you can do, even when renting! In this guide, we want to offer you some inspiration on how you can upgrade and decorate your bathroom and turn it into a space in which you feel relaxed and comfortable. 

Cover the ceiling tiles 

If you are taking your bathroom decorations very seriously and you’re planning on staying in the same flat for a long time, then it may be worth asking your landlord, if you can paint over the tiles with epoxy paint. Another option is to use contact paper, which essentially is vinyl. Make sure that you purchase the removable kind to easily be able to take the paper off before moving out. 

Use peel and stick tiles for your flooring

The bathroom floor is often overlooked but can make a massive difference when given the proper love and care it deserves. Once again, you can look into the possibilities of covering your existing floor with peel-and-stick tiles or a colour that’s more to your liking.

Hang a brand new shower curtain 

You will not believe the difference a new shower curtain can make in a bathroom! Made up of one or multiple colours, patterned or plain, a shower curtain of your choice can add that finishing touch and personal flair. Moreover, you can use it to hide old glass doors, without the need to replace them. 

Paint the door

Before painting your bathroom door, ask your landlord for permission. You can offer to re-paint it when you move out if that helps him in the decision-making process. 

Swap out light fixtures 

You should be very careful when dealing with electrical equipment, so take care if you do make any changes to wall or ceiling lights. You can ask your landlord for permission, or simply replace the original pieces once you move out. 

8 lights hanging from the ceiling

On a simpler note, the actual lightbulb also makes an enormous difference in how a room looks. Lightbulbs with 2700 to 3000 Kelvin usually emit a warm light and create a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere. If you want a strong and bright light, you may prefer to opt for lightbulbs with 4000 to 6500 Kelvin.

Hang coloured textiles in white bathrooms

If your bathroom is all white, hanging up a colourful shower curtain. A beautifully coloured or patterned towel can also make a world of difference and tie in certain aspects of your bathroom, which you want to emphasise. 

Choose a décor anchor 

Arrange your bathroom around a specific focus point. For example, you can choose a striped white and grey shower curtain, add a grey bathroom mat and grey towels. In a matter of minutes, you will have created a stylish and modern looking bathroom. 

Paint it 

If your landlord gives you the approval, you’ll find that a little bit of paint can make your bathroom look brand new. 

Choose a deep navy, rich black colour or maybe even a textured grey to create an elegant bathroom. Light greys, creams and off-white can make your bathroom look refined without having too many bold colours which may clash. 

Keep in mind that some landlords might also appreciate your work if they feel that the new style improves the look of the bathroom. 

Find the perfect storage 

Be creative when thinking about this, and think outside of the box when it comes to bathroom storage. Look into remodelled shelves, vintage carts, wooden shelves (that come in all shapes and sizes), rattan baskets, a vintage ladder, etc. 

If you don’t have much floor space for storage, consider wire baskets. You can display various bathroom items, whether that be some nicely organised hand towels or the extra toilet paper rolls. 

Add some frames 

To frame some inexpensive prints, or decorative pages from magazines can be a quick and easy way to make your bathroom look unique. You can even opt for removable picture hooks so that you have to worry about hammering holes in your walls. 

A white painting standing next to a vase

Add a vintage touch 

Old mirrors can make a bold statement in any blank bathroom. You can store away the original mirror and place your own special one on the wall for as long as you’ll be living there. 

For some of the above ideas, you will have to ask your landlord for permission before you start decorating – but hopefully, these suggestions have nudged you in a direction to see the changes you could make to make your bathroom uniquely yours.

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