Advice for This Bare Rental Bathroom?

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Q: We're excited to be moving into a great flat soon, but we could use some advice on how to perk up the bathroom. It is at the top of the stairs and the first thing that you see when you come in. (Feng shui, anyone?) It was hard to capture everything in the photo, but it has high ceilings and is tiny (the head and the foot of the bathtub both touch the wall). You can't see it from the photo, but right above the pedestal sink there's a very sad, medium brown wood veneer medicine cabinet. I have to get approval to paint and otherwise cannot do anything that is not reversible when I leave. Here are my questions…

Sent by Luccella

1. Tiles. Apparently there's good grey grout and bad grey grout. This is the latter, exacerbated by the fact that that it is on both the walls and the floor. (Not that I've ever been, but the effect is a little prisony.) The grout is crooked which doesn't help things. My impulse is to make an accent row by putting a stick-on tile on every other tile on a row around the room. Would that help? If so, how high up? Solid color? Pattern?

2. Shower curtain. My thought is that this is going to be the focal point of the room and that I should choose something very interesting that has a good bit of color but is not heavy or dark enough to cut off the little light that comes in from the window. I've been looking at Marimekko prints, especially Kaiku or Iso Satakieli.

3. Paint. Any votes on color?

4. Medicine cabinet. I'm certain it would look better painted. Is white okay given the fact that the rest of the bathroom is so anemic?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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