If you live in an apartment, your landlord probably won’t condone a complete DIY bathroom remodel. However, there are plenty of ways you can decorate your bathroom to match your personality without tearing out the vanity.
Here are eight tips from HGTV to make your apartment bathroom your own.
Hang art: What’s your favorite type of art? Vintage prints? Cubist works? Art nouveau? Hang whatever strikes your fancy in the bathroom to enjoy mini-gallery while you brush your teeth in the morning.
Embellish with a shower curtain: The shower curtain you choose significantly changes the way your bathroom looks. Unless the walls are painted a bold color, stay away from plain white; instead, choose a shower curtain with your favorite pattern, whether that’s stripes, polka dots, flowers or aquatic animals.
Bring in textiles: Rugs and towels serve an important function in any bathroom, but they are also a great way to add color and texture. Bathroom towels and rugs should match the shower curtain to create a room that looks well put-together.
Install a window treatment: If you have a window to work with in your bathroom, dress it up. The window treatment should complement the shower curtain, though it doesn’t need to be the identical fabric. Consider a treatment that you can open and close easily to control the light level and privacy.
Install shelves: If there’s not enough storage in your bathroom, add your own removable shelving to store everything from soap and lotion to starfish and seashells you found on the beach. In this way, the shelves act as a practical means of storage as well as decoration for the bathroom.
Hide clutter: Another great way to spice up your bathroom is to rid the counters of unsightly personal care items. Use baskets or plastic drawers under the sink to store these products. If the under-sink area is open to the room, hide the items you store there with a sink skirt. You can sew this yourself from cute patterned fabric to add a personal touch to the room.
Bring in a plant: For a splash of green, place a potted plant on an extra shelf or open counter area. You can even dress up a corner by placing a taller potted plant on the floor. Real plants need water and sunlight to thrive, so fake greenery may be your best bet for no-hassle decor. A vase with fresh-cut flowers or peacock feathers on the counter adds a nice touch as well.
Add a lamp: If the bathroom lighting leaves something to be desired, bring in a light source from another room. It becomes that much easier to put on makeup or shave or your face in the morning and the lamp adds to the bathroom decor as well.
There you have it: a made-over bathroom without taking a hammer to it! What changes do you plan to implement in your apartment bathroom?