Instead of Painting, This May Actually Be a Better Way to Upgrade Your Bathtub

published Apr 13, 2022
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Bathroom renovations can be expensive and time-consuming, so tons of people come up with creative and temporary upgrades. If your bathroom is becoming a bit of an eyesore, some fun wallpaper may be your saving grace.

Emily Brinkley is an illustrator who lives in colorful 525-square-foot flat in Bromley, London with her puppy, Dolly. “When I first saw my plain, beige, one-bedroom flat, I probably saw something in it that others didn’t,” Brinkley says in her house tour. The unit was originally used as an office space, but she considered it a blank space and had “20 different ideas” on how to make it her own.

“As an illustrator by profession working from home, it was important for me that my surroundings express my creativity and personal style,” Brinkley says. For her, that meant infusing a style in every room that’s retro — heavily inspired by the ’60s and ’70s — with tons of bold colors. Since Brinkley is drawn specifically to psychedelic patterns and funky shapes, she’s covered the walls of her flat in groovy-looking wallpaper, including the bathroom.

“My proudest DIY would be transforming my tiny, dull bathroom into a bright and cheerful psychedelic, flower power-inspired room on a tiny budget in one weekend,” Brinkley says. Brinkley painted the walls a pale and pretty shade of green and the door a pastel pink. In a surprise design move, the toilet seat is cool shade of pink. However, the real star of this show is the floral wallpaper. “I found this amazing retro-style, daisy print vinyl wallpaper by @fayejennifervinyldesign,” Brinkley says of the peel-and-stick paper that she used in an unexpected place — the bathtub.

The outward facing side of the white built-in bath tub is now covered in the floral wallpaper! Brinkley created a style moment where there usually isn’t one, and make her bathroom that much cooler. The slim wall behind the toilet has a slight bump-out, so Brinkley decided to make a statement there, too by covering it in the same wallpaper. Plus, both can easily be removed when she moves.

If you’re feeling a little stumped by how to personalize your bathroom, this is a renter-friendly fix that won’t break the bank.