When you toured your rental home for the first time, it’s likely that you braced yourself when you looked at the bathroom. Ranging from the “eh, it’s okay” to wondering if you’ll just skip showers for a year, rental bathrooms are often the most polarizing room of the house. That doesn’t mean that they are hopeless, however. With just a little bit of money and a lot of elbow grease, your rental bathroom might even someday be a place you like to spend time in. Here are a few ways to transform your rental bathroom without breaking your lease.
1. Replace the Showerhead
Even though you may want to rip out every single fixture and piece of tile that’s in your rental bathroom, chances are your landlord won’t go for it. One of the simplest ways to upgrade your bathroom is to replace the showerhead. Choose a showerhead that puts a rainfall-like stream or one that has wireless speakers so that you can enjoy those nice bathroom acoustics. Just put the old one in storage and remember to put it back up when you move out.
2. Refresh the Tub
Bathrooms can get quite scary looking if no one is taking proper care of them. Because the air is constantly damp, it can easily lead to mold growth on the tub caulk and dirty looking grout on the tile. Refresh your tub and shower by cleaning the tile grout with a mixture of warm water and vinegar and finishing it off by scrubbing with a paste made of baking soda and water. Mix up a solution of bleach and baking soda to remove mold from the tub caulk and scrub until clean. You’ll be amazed at what a little elbow grease and some natural cleaning products can do to make you love your bathroom.
3. Buy Luxurious Bath Accessories
You may not be able to control what kind of flooring you have in your bathroom, but you can control what kind of accessories you put in it. Replace your old towels from college with fresh new ones in your favorite color scheme. Buy accessories like candles, baskets, and a new bathmat to tie the look together. Display neatly folded towels on built-in towel racks or buy a small shelving unit for more storage options.
4. Hang Some Art
The landlord may not let you paint the walls, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put some color in the bathroom with some artwork. Bring in your favorite prints or paintings and make a whole gallery wall if you want. Frame vintage soap ads or hang up artwork in subdued tones to create a calm, spa-like atmosphere. This is the room your guests are most likely going to see, so don’t be afraid to put some personality into it.
5. Upgrade the mirror
Builder-grade mirrors are never anyone’s first choice when it comes to bathroom décor. Cheaply made with no framing or character, they can leave the bathroom looking a little bland. If you can, take the builder-grade mirror off the wall and replace it with a more stylish one of your choice. However, sometimes it may be difficult to replace the mirror or you might not have the storage space to keep the old one. Hanging a custom frame around the mirror is a great DIY option to spruce up your bathroom at little cost.
6. Get a Shower Curtain You Love
Never underestimate the power of a really good shower curtain. The shower curtain is the room’s largest color palette and can brighten up a rental bathroom in less than a minute. There are thousands of options online an in stores to choose from—whether you envision a floral motif or you want a simple, spa-like retreat with a light and white curtain.
7. Glam Up the Toilet Paper Roll Holder
Though not an obvious place to decorate, a new toilet paper roll holder is a good way to add a touch of glamour to your rental. Like builder-grade mirrors, toilet paper roll holders are often cheap looking and don’t add anything to the look of the room. Luckily these are easily and inexpensively replaceable with anything from a sleek and traditional silver chrome look or something more whimsical like a lion or a Westy holding your toilet paper.
8. Learn to Go with What You Have
Like any other room in your rental, sometimes it’s best to just learn to go with what you have instead of actively fighting against it. If you have a baby blue bathroom the 70s, add in accessories and a shower curtain that complement it instead of trying to cover it up. The key is to make everything look intentional even if it’s something you would never choose for yourself.