Rental Bathroom Makeover Tips by Meg Biram

Is there anything worse than a sad rental apartment bathroom? It’s hard to imagine what you can do to improve it, short of ripping the whole thing out and starting fresh.

Blogger Meg Biram had this exact problem in her Washington D.C. studio rental – but she managed to completely revamp the space from a bare white box to a welcoming washroom. Her small changes really add up!

Read on to see Meg’s transformation (with photos by Abby Jiu) and get her 3 rental bathroom makeover tips.


“When you are renting a space, investing money in switching out fixtures can be a waste of money if you aren’t sure if you’ll stay there long term. So I decided to do a quick cosmetic update with paint and accessories.” – Meg Biram

Accessory tray - Rental Bathroom Makeover Tips by Meg Biram

1. Test Multiple Colors
“Ever since I first looked at the first space I just had a feeling for the bathroom — an adult pink. Not baby, not hot, not bubble gum, but an adult shade. I painted 5 different swatches on the wall before I went with Blushing by Sherwin Williams [SW 6617 Blushing]. Not only was the shade perfect, but I was so excited about the name of the color.”

2. Work With What You’ve Got
“I couldn’t change the floor or the fixtures, I had to work with what I had. I wanted all the accessories to be white + gray to go with the floor tile, and modern enough to balance the slightly dated fixtures. White is just so fresh and clean for a bathroom. Adding any other colors would have just been too much!”

3. Keep It Organized
“I like to use trays, cups, pouches and bowls. At home I have everything either in my mirror or linen closet in an array of trays + baskets. On my bathroom counter I have the white lacquer bathroom accessories. At the studio we keep all of the extra toilet paper in a basket so it’s easy to replace when it runs out!”

Rental Bathroom Makeover Tips by Meg Biram

Rental Bathroom Makeover Tips by Meg Biram

Blogger Meg Biram

Meg Biram is a blogger, creative consultant, artist + entrepreneur in Washington D.C. Follow along with Meg on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and of course on her blog.

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June 24, 2014

[…] the before & after of the studio bathroom over on west elm’s blog Front + Main […]

Jess Zimlich

June 24, 2014

It turned out so great! I agree, that’s the perfect “adult” pink. If only I could get my boyfriend to agree.

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Natasha Zuluaga

June 24, 2014

I am SO inspired by this update! Such little additions yet a huge impact.

I hate renting and am always wondering whether I should paint/switch out fixtures, etc. and this is definitely a quick update to consider.


Drew Martino

June 25, 2014

Such a great wall color! Love the transformation.

Rachel from Rose Tinted Home

July 1, 2014

What a fresh update to your space! We have a rental too and unfortunately aren’t even allowed to paint, but it is amazing how a few accessories can brighten up a space. Love the pink!

xo Rachel


July 3, 2014

Paint is always an easy way to give a room presense. This coral/pink is a great example of how to give a small room impact, its not too bright and not too muted. It also works well with the reed, the gold-tone handle and the pickled box. The whole is more than the sum of the parts. I would be tempted to trade out the chrome for more gold tone finishes.

Pinks and grays to me have a nice classic/vintage 50s look. Can’t go wrong.

Nanette Baker

July 6, 2014

Nice job! This really is a great example of the impact of changing paint color, an easy and cost effective way to wow your makeover! Great choice of accessories too!


July 17, 2014

The shade you picked is certainly #adultpink. 🙂
Love the simple shower curtain! I’ve always used a shower curtain to add that final polished look but my new rental has (not very good looking) frosted sliding doors. 🙁

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