When you’re renting two of the biggest bugbears are the bathroom and the kitchen in my experience. Unless you’ve moved into an amazing new build apartment, then the chances are you’re going to need to add your own style. When it comes to the bathroom especially, this is no mean feat. But there are several ways you can change things up without making any drastic renovations. Here are my top five ways to add style to a rental bathroom.
If you’re not fortunate enough to have a window in your bathroom to let natural light in, adding an illuminated mirror can make the space feel bigger and look incredibly stylish. I was looking for a LED cabinet mirror for my bathroom when I came across Lumino Bathrooms (the brand that sparked the idea for this post). Not only have they expanded their offer last month to include taps, showers and bathroom accessories, they have such a huge range of bathroom mirrors, which not only light up but can be powered by batteries (therefore no holes in the walls or rewiring in your rental) and even demist after your morning shower. Does this mirror not give you the feeling of being a Hollywood movie star? Is it just me who goes into full Beyoncé mode when the music’s playing on a morning and I’m putting my makeup on for the day?
I’ve mentioned this previously, but I’m a huge fan of organising gorgeous body and bath products out on trays in my bathroom. Although you can pick up silver or gold trays in homeware stores across the high street (like this beauty from H&M), I’m a huge fan of searching in charity shops for vintage trays and glass jars to hold cotton wool pads and buds in. Make sure you stick to the same theme throughout the bathroom though, whether that be gold or silver, for a stylishly cohesive look.
Update Your Tiles
I mean, did you even know that tile transfers even existed? I didn’t until earlier this year when I was searching on Etsy for something completely unrelated. Adding tile transfers is an easy way to update your rental bathroom and add a splash of colour. I absolutely love the look of blue and white Moroccan-inspired tiles as seen here at Wallgenie, so if you have a plain white bathroom, why not consider something similar on sporadic tiles around the room? And once you’re ready to move out all you do is peel off the transfers. Easy right?
Change Fixtures & Fittings
I’ve spoken previously about changing lights in a rental to really add some style, but it’s the same in the bathroom. If you’re willing to spend a little money on the place then why not add a new bath panel, change the shower curtain and always, always change the toilet seat when you move into a rental. I’m surprised how few people actually do this bar me and my OCD hygienic ways. Can you add a new towel rail or toilet roll holder on the wall? Can you get some hooks for the back of the door to hang some fresh towels and a soft Christy’s bath robe from? It’s about making the most of what you’ve got without making huge structural changes.
Embrace the Retro
If you have an f-ugly bathroom suite, and let’s face it, we’ve all had one at one point, then I’d seriously recommend trying to turn that suite into a focal point and working around it. I’m not joking. Instead of trying your best to hide it, embrace its awfulness and add similar colours to the room. You can guarantee that will look better than you using completely the wrong shades to mask it. This mint green bathroom cabinet, although not necessarily a colour that I’d chose normally, looks super stylish in its own retro way right? Especially with chrome hardware.