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5 Stylish, Teeny-Tiny Ways to Transform Your Bathroom for Under $50

published Sep 8, 2022
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In terms of design priorities, your bathroom probably falls low — if not very last — on your budget and style lists, likely outranked by larger spaces like the bedroom or living room. As someone who’s had her fair share of unglamorous rental bathrooms, I can definitely relate to ruling them out as somewhat of a decorating lost cause. Given the typical bath size constraints and built-in fixtures that can be pricey to replace, there’s only so much you can do without cluttering up your space.

The good news, though, is that you don’t need a new vanity or full-on shower demo (unless you want to!) to pull off that luxe-for-less, spa-worthy look — yes, even as a renter. Little decor and textile accents can truthfully go a long way here, meaning you don’t have to spend a fortune to pull off a quick, stylish makeover. Below, I rounded up five little bathroom decor touches under $50 that can make an oft-overlooked bath feel brand new (and more functional), from high-end-resembling accents to room-brightening pops of color.

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Urban Outfitters

Simple but sophisticated in design, this versatile Departo tray from Urban Outfitters has major prettifying potential. Think of this piece as a stylish catchall for jewelry, candles, diffusers, and more. If you have the bathroom counter space, you can even use this as a minimalist base for organizing your soap and lotion dispensers. The ceramic design also has a matching soap dish and toothbrush holder to get the full coordinated look.

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was $38.00

Currently on sale for less than $25, this handmade bath mat feels straight out of an antique store or flea market. Note that the coloring’s pretty vibrant, but it can play off any bathroom floor or tiles — especially paired against more muted decor. For larger spaces (lucky you!), there’s a runner version, too.

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Marble will always be a classic material, making this $15 lidded canister a long-standing countertop must-have. I’ve had this in my own apartment for years, and it’s made a massive difference glamming up both my past and present rental bathrooms. I’ve filled mine with Q-tips, but it works well for hair ties, cotton balls, or contact lenses — take your pick!

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West Elm

Yes, you’re somewhat limited to textile and organization ideas when it comes to bathroom decor, but you absolutely can’t go wrong with a statement shower curtain. It’s also a low-stakes, less expensive way to lean into certain home trends or patterns — like checkerboard or squiggles — without committing to an area rug or new furniture. This shower curtain specifically, designed by Donna Wilson in collaboration with West Elm, is basically like having a full-scale piece of abstract bathroom art. There’s an option to buy the high-quality geometric design with an included shower curtain liner for just $20 more, too.

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Short on storage space? Create your own wall-hanging solution. Small but mighty, these mini H&M baskets — available in black or beige — can fit extra hand or face towels (or any small bathroom staples, really), without compromising floor or cabinet real estate. For more decorative purposes, though, add some dry eucalyptus or small artificial leaves. Thanks to their woven texture, these are way more visually dynamic and unique than a shelf on the whole.

This piece is part of Transformation Month, where we’re showing off amazing home makeovers, brilliant tiny tweaks, inspiring before & afters, and so much more. Head on over here to see it all!