Rescuing This Rental's Bathroom?

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Q: I am moving into a tiny 1-bedroom rental apartment in Zurich, Switzerland, with a living/sleeping space of 174 square feet. The kitchen and bathroom are proportionally tiny. Worst of all, the bathroom has awful yellow tiles both on the walls and the floor. They're old, dull and dirty, the grout is grey, and there's mildew on the silicone caulk lining the bathtub walls. What should I do with this bathroom (apart from giving it a solid clean)? I don't want to take a shower in there!…

Sent by Chia…Any suggestions for how to improve it and make it homely would be much appreciated! What color can I use for the add-ons (shower curtain, bath math) and what type of furniture/racks (IKEA?) should I put in there? Thanks in advance!

Editor: A good clean is the first place to start — follow that with an evaluation of the lighting. Sometimes, changing the kind of bulb, wattage or even a yellowing plastic light fixture can completely save a space.

In such a small space, I'd stick to white or off-white accessories — a white textured shower curtain will do wonders to brighten the space and de-institutionalize it.

Have more ideas? Leave your suggestions for Chia's renatal bathroom in the comments.

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