But you don’t have to keep living with the horrible. Trust us: With your landlord’s permission, a few simple changes – no renovations required – will improve things without draining your checking account. And, lucky for you, we’re not short of tricks for adding color, patterns and even handy storage. Here are 21 decorating ideas to freshen up small bathrooms.
01 – Bathroom makeover without paint
This update of Brian Patrick Flynn’s powder room is a fantastic example. The gray leather veneer is actually (surprise!) removable vinyl wallpaper.
There are other types of peel and stick products that make bathroom decorating a breeze. For example, you can duplicate the striped bathroom wall we shared here using self-adhesive vinyl stripes. A favorite is Tempaper Mini Stripes. It is available in four-inch wide rolls.
02 – Installing a temporary dressing table
New sinks, such as IKEA’s GODMORGON/BRÅVIKEN, which retails for $329, come with a sink and cabinet. Some different options sold at major home improvement stores also include a faucet. An example designed for small spaces is the Maelynn from Home Decorators Collection for $209. This bathroom vanity tutorial by Hej shares how to install.
03 – Decorate your bathroom with plants
04 – Freshen up an outdated bathroom with paint
05 – Make a rustic wall
06 – Quick, reversible fixes for ugly bathroom floors
You can also use interlocking rubber tiles. They are available in many colors, and the type with raised dots resembles round ceramic tiles. To fix them in place, use carpet tape. Find more bathroom ideas by Kerra Michele on Apartment Envy.