Accessories are a great way to bring a fresh look to an outdated bathroom, especially in a rental where you do not have the luxury of changing the fixtures, lighting, cabinets or paint. Changing up the colors and patterns alone can bring a new perspective to your boring builder grade rental bathroom.While buying new everything for your bathroom can get expensive, if you shop carefully you can spruce up your bathroom for around $75 or less! Just adding new towels, rugs, and a soap dish or dispenser can completely update the overall look of the bathroom.
For my update, since I already had the furniture in the bathroom all I had to do was decide on a color scheme that worked with what I already had. Which is dark, and I mean DARK walnut furniture, not my first choice compared to my previous apartment (I had white furniture), but hey it was free and better quality than mine. My previous bathroom (in my old apartment) was designed with stripes in cool, beachy greens and blues. I grew up at the beach and those colors and my seashell watercolor (which makes an appearance in the updated bathroom) really evoked the calm of the ocean for me. I knew I wanted to keep the blues or greens and my watercolor, but with all of the furniture being a very dark walnut and I needed a way to tie it together. The bedroom decor is very girly so I did not want to have an overly feminine feel to the bathroom.
See the seashell watercolor hiding on top of the wall cabinet?
I shopped around for colors and styles I liked and found these towels and floor rugs in this great trellis pattern from Better Homes and Gardens at my local Walmart for a great price! I love the pattern, its sophisticated but not girly and the dark brown reflects the dark furniture. Plus they are SUPER fluffy and soft and the pattern is woven in so the colors are reversed on the other side. I bought two different styles of rugs, one patterned and one in the pretty teal color, to keep the space more interesting and less repetitive, patterns can be overwhelming sometimes. Unfortunately this pattern is not available online anymore, but I do still see them in the store if you are interested in buying them. I had the wire basket which holds lotions and sprays on the counter. I used jars from the dollar store for cotton balls and Q-tips in the wall shelf. I also bought a oil rubbed bronze toilet paper holder with a plastic sleeve to protect the paper from moisture (I love this feature!) from Ross to complete the look.
The soap dispenser and tumbler are from Target’s Threshold Antique Bath collection in blue. I could have spent a few dollars less on these if I bought BHG brand accessories from Walmart, but I absolutely love the farm styling of the pump so I splurged on it. I also found some very cheap art at a thrift store to keep my beachy vibe going.
I have had these his/hers hooks since I moved in months ago but I didn’t know where to hang them until I made-over the bathroom, now they hang on either side of the wall cabinet and we each have our own towel hook since there is no towel bar in the bathroom.
One of the biggest upgrades we did to the bathroom when I moved in was install a new Waterpik rainfall shower head. I love strong water pressure and lots of spray when I take a shower and my boyfriend loves showers even more than I do. Replacing your existing shower head is a great way to update a rental since it is so easy to do, just save the old one for when you move out. I will follow up with a tutorial for installing one yourself in the future. I don’t really consider this part of the makeover since it was one of the first things I did when I moved in, but I love our shower 100 times more now that we did this.
Overall I like the combination of dark brown and light blue together with the dark walnut and oil rubbed bronze, the dark browns tie in with the wood, the light blue adds a pop of color and the pattern adds interest to an otherwise boring bathroom. I hope this inspires you to see what a few new colors and patterns can do to your bathroom!
So here is the cost breakdown if y’all are interested. I added links to the Target products.
Better Home and Gardens Bath towels: $10
Better Home and Gardens Hand towels: $15
Better Home and Gardens Rugs: $22
Oil Rubbed Bronze Toilet Paper Holder $7
Total: $75 (without shower head)