5 Quick Ways To Refresh Your Rental Bathroom


...without sacrificing your security deposit.

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We've all been there: saddled with a rental bathroom, full of little quirks and eyesores, our hands tied by rental agreements that forbid making any real, substantial changes. The frustration is real, but don't lose hope--there are some very doable, tangible improvements you can make without sacrificing your security deposit.

With a few pops of color, some flora, and a bit of strategic accessorizing, you can breathe new life into your old loo. Keep reading for our 5 tips on how to refresh a rental bathroom, and all our favorite tools for the job.

#1 Swap Out Your Shower Curtain

Swapping out a sad or drab shower curtain in favor of a bright, fresh alternative does double-duty in stepping up your bathroom game. The new pattern or color instantly re-invigorates your space with new life, while also stealthily hiding any potentially ugly tile or bath issues that lurk behind.

Design: Michele Adams; Photo: Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane
The Narlai in Hidden Beach Shower Curtain ($198)
Styling and photo: Coco Kelly
The Marfa Shower Curtain ($198)

#2 Pop In Some Plants

Plants not only add some color and life to a room, but they also purify the air, removing toxins and other icky free-radicals. You're cleaning your bod, why not also clean your lungs? Just be sure to do a little homework before bringing home your new green friend, ensuring you get one that will thrive on the moisture levels and lighting conditions in your bathroom.

Design: Consort; Photo: Chris Patey
2x Glass Vase by Assembly Design ($650)


Styling: Bianca Sotelo; Photo: Ashley Batz; via Decoholic
Leather Spora Set by Light + Ladder (Set of 3) ($245)
White Archromo Planter by Light + Ladder ($123)

#3 Step Up Your Bath Mat Game

Not only does a fresh new mat make a room look more fresh and put together, but plush, lush mats also add some luxury underfoot, making leaving even the most refreshing shower a little bit easier.

Photo: Adrienne Breaux; via Apartment Therapy
The Mendocino Rug ($62)
Photo: My Unfinished Home
The Tulum Rug ($62)

#4 Mount A Shelf

Details count, even in the loo. Mount a simple shelf over the commode or on another open wall, and stage it with some fetching and practical accessories, like small ceramic catchalls for rings and bobby pins and chic canisters for cotton balls and swabs.

Photo: Tessa Neusdtadt; design: Brady Tolbert; via MyDomaine
Crater Cup by btw ceramics ($16)
Photo: homedit
Malka Dina Small Marbled Dish ($30)

#5 Stash Your Stuff Stylishly

The ultimate blending of form and function, baskets are the perfect addition to bathrooms, serving as handy storage for laundry, towels, hair tools or any of the other seemingly millions of things we humans require to look, well, more human. 

Photo via Lonny
V Band Basket in Black (from $74)
Photo: Home Life
Hampie Straw Basket by Atelier Boemia ($180)

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