Eight Amazing Decorating Ideas for Your Small Apartment Bathroom

Lauren Ing | ForRent Blog

Are you itching to personalize your rental? Where do you even start? While most renters might start with the bedroom or living room, you may want to begin scheming and decorating your home in the small bathroom first. Here’s why:

If you’re a newbie to the do-it-yourself (DIY) home decorating community, a room with less square footage is less intimidating and has less ground to cover. Once you’ve mastered this room, you can move onto larger ones.

Less space to decorate means less money to spend. If you’re a thrifty or bargain shopper, decorating the smallest bathroom first is easier on the wallet.
Decorating a small bathroom allows you to experiment and find your decorating style. There are many ways to make a small bathroom look beautiful, as well as functional for everyday living. If you want to change the look and feel of the bathroom, try incorporating these eight small bathroom decorating ideas into your rental home:

  1. Display bath products in an Instagram-worthy way.

Your very own bath products and toiletries can be used as bathroom décor when arranged the right way. The trick is to not over-clutter your bathroom vanity, but position the products in a way that’s aesthetically pleasing and functional for the space. Items such as colorful bath salts, cotton swabs, and cotton balls inside mason jars and glass canisters can be an Instagram-worthy moment for your bathroom. Tissues with a box cover that’s complimentary to your small bathroom theme or style can help, too. Displaying your products can remind you and your guests to use them while also making the bathroom cozy.

  1. Organize using a medicine cabinet.

 A medicine cabinet is a great source of storage, especially if you want to hide your hygiene products, prescription medications, and hair accessories. Putting together a stand-alone medicine cabinet that goes over the toilet is great for maximizing space. Depending on the size of the unit you purchase, you can also place hand soap, towels and linens, and an additional roll of toilet paper in it.

  1. Change your shower head.

When adding your own touch to a rental, you have to be mindful and considerate of your lease agreement. Changing a shower head is an easy and temporary DIY fix, but you might need to get the landlord’s approval since you will be working near the home’s plumbing and removing/replacing fixtures. A new shower head can make your small bathroom look new – and make you feel good when you use it! The thought of how to change a shower head might seem like a daunting process. However, there’s plenty of how-to videos to teach you and you’ll just need the following to get started:

  1. Add a plant for a pop of color (and reduce moisture).

A small bathroom also means more humidity. Even with properly working ventilation, the room can get pretty steamy within minutes of the hot shower running. Plants don’t take up a lot of space, but can add a visual interest and focal point to the bathroom. In addition to being incredibly chic décor, plants are also great because they reduce moisture levels in the home. Plants to consider include potted ferns, cacti, and succulents.

  1. Use stackable containers.

Use stackable containers under your sink – or in your linen closet – to add more space for your bathroom products and toiletries. Stacking containers can help you gain vertical storage space, something a small bathroom often lacks. You might want to look for containers that are designed to fit into tight or awkward areas of the bathroom, such as between the wall and toilet. It’s typically unused space that can now hold your cleaning products and makeup kits (whatever you prefer).

  1. Invest in mirrors.

Your bathroom likely only has the one large mirror over the sink area – but that’s okay. Mirrors can help provide additional light in a dark room, create the illusion of depth (making it appear larger), and make the room feel more welcoming. If you’re intrigued with this small bathroom decorating idea, consider adding an additional mirror to the bathroom door, or on the wall to make the most out of your space.

  1. Showcase art. 

Art in the bathroom is just as important as art in any other room – it gives the room a personal touch and enhances the decorating scheme and color palette. Empty wall space is the ideal area for a piece of art, collage of artwork, or framed photographs. It’s a relatively quick way to liven up your bathroom.

  1. Make use of floating shelves.

Floating shelves, or wall-mounted shelves, can really bring your small bathroom scheme together. It’s a really simple decorating idea that helps with organization. On these shelves, you can keep hand towels, fragrance, pictures, and other knickknacks. Once you get the green light from your landlord, you can begin the installation with these tools:

Hopefully these small bathroom decorating ideas have inspired your decorating scheme and color palette. Remember, check with your landlord before customizing your apartment. DIY home projects can be a lot of fun for renters, and we hope we gave you some great ideas (that make a big impact!) to try in your small bathroom.


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