Photo by HomeGoods

A mishmash of fixtures and finishes give many rental bathrooms a disjointed and dated feel. As a renter you may not have the freedom to make a lot of changes to your bathroom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve on both the look and feel of your space.

Here are six steps to help you transform an unattractive rental bathroom:

1. Decide on the look and feel you want your bathroom to have

When helping my friend with her rental bathroom we gathered our inspiration during a HomeGoods shopping trip. There were so many amazing bath accessories and products to choose from, but we settled on a white and grey palette with a tranquil, luxurious spa feel.

Sometimes the bathroom itself provides your inspiration. For example, the vintage tile and sink in this bathroom inspired a retro look for this refresh by Oh Happy Day. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

Photo by Oh Happy Day

2. Determine what fixed elements you can change in your bathroom

While you may not be able to completely gut renovate your rental bathroom, fun storage can help lighten up the look. We opened up the space by removing the cabinet doors and adding baskets for storage. There are so many trays and baskets to choose from at HomeGoods, you’re bound to find ones that are the right size and color to match your space.

colorful bath storage

3. Never underestimate the power of a shower curtain

Whether you use it to hide an ugly brass shower door or a dingy tub, a pretty shower curtain can hide a multitude of design flaws in your tub or shower area.

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Photo by Wool Free and Lovin’ Knit

The white honeycomb fabric of this shower curtain with a simple grey striping around the edge is an inexpensive fix that brings a fresh spa feel to the space.

4. Add some luxe new towels

stack of bath towels
With HomeGood’s low prices, towels are a really inexpensive way to  pull your room together and hide any less-than-stylish towel bars at the same time.

5. Personalize with accessories


HomeGoods is the perfect place to find those unique items to help personalize your space. Trays, candles, incense, cups, toothbrush holders, trays, soaps, bath salts, lotions, lamps, stools, trash cans, hampers and more. Be sure to surround yourself with things you love.

6. Take cover

Stuck with an ugly peel and stick vinyl flooring? Cover as much of that floor as you can with a runner or several scatter mats. Marie-Claude covered this bathroom with a rug she brought back from a trip to Morocco. Check out the international rugs at HomeGoods to cover your not-so-attractive rental floor.

Photo by Lauren Kolyn/Apartment Therapy

Ditto for boring, beige walls. Cover your wall with inspirational words or pictures like this one I found for my friend at HomeGoods. A collection of small framed mirrors can also brighten up the walls of even the dingiest bathroom.

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Photo by Wool Free and Lovin’ Knit

So, those are my six tips for transforming your rental bathroom.

I’d love to hear from those of you who rent. How has HomeGoods helped you transform your unattractive rental bathroom?

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