Rental Chic: Modern + Eclectic Bathroom Inspiration

by - November 07, 2017

I've got another mood board to share today from my Rental Chic Series. This series is all about how I'm making the most of apartment-living and trying to make this rented place feel cozy and personalized without making any major changes like paint, flooring, or fixtures! If you've missed it, I've already shared mood boards for our master bedroom and living room, as well as a few of the projects we've already accomplished!

This one is all about the bathroom, y'all. I don't know what you think of when you hear "rental property bathroom" but what comes to mind for me is cramped and outdated... and our bathroom fits that bill perfectly. Extremely cream, very "meh" flooring, standard oak vanity and basic chrome fixtures. You can tell it's been kept up pretty well. It just lacks absolutely any pizzazz whatsoever! 

If we owned this place, I'd be tiling everything and at the very least painting the vanity, if not replacing it altogether. But sadly, none of that is possible, so it all falls to the decor. It a big job to do, so it's gotta be good!

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The vision for this room all started with a shower curtain that I fell in love with when we were setting up our wedding registry. It felt simple and clean, but the pom poms were a fun and trendy touch! 

link (out of stock in black) | very similar (and cheaper!) | also similar

Then, I found these black and white towels at Target. Have you caught on yet that I have a MAJOR thing for black and white, especially fun black and white geometric patterns? #noshame I loved how the color of these towels matched the shower curtain, but took the boldness level WAY up a notch.

link (out of stock) | similar | also similar

This bathroom was so bland to begin with - I knew it needed some color. As crazy as I am about black and white, even a bold pattern wasn't gonna be enough to really brighten up this cramped room and give it some life! I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration (duh!) and found a few photos that captured the vibe I wanted. I was looking for rooms that brought together the natural, warm wood tones, the contrast of the black and white, and a few pops of color.

One idea I loved right away was a vintage-inspired rug. These are popping up all over the place in home decor lately! I love that they can go with almost any home style and come in so many different colors. I'm a big fan of pattern mixing and a small, intricate design like this is the perfect complement to the large, bold pattern on those towels!

The other component I found I was drawn to was using large photography prints for the art. You can see examples in that last two pins above! I have all sorts of art in our home - personal photos, yarn wall hangings, typography pieces, maps, illustrated canvases. But I don't have any non-personal photographs! I'm digging the idea of using some prints in this room, possibly with a city/urban vibe. But finding art prints can be difficult, especially because I want the art in my home to be significant. I want to feel something when I look at it! Anyone have suggestions of places to look for art prints?

So when you pull all these elements together you get an eclectic, modern, slightly boho bathroom that I seriously love!!

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What do you think? Anything I should add or change? I'm still working on pulling this one together, but I'm trying to get it done by the end of the year! Be sure to keep watching my instagram for sneek peeks!

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  1. I love it! When we rented, we just threw a bathmat on the floor and called it good. Way to make your house a home :)

  2. I can't wait to see how it turns out! I've always found it so visually intriguing when people add things to bathrooms that you'd normally associate with the living room, like bookshelves and rugs. But hey, if they can stand up to a little humidity, why not?!

  3. I love that rug and shower curtain!! Perfect.

  4. Love your inspiration! We will be re-doing our master bathroom down the road.

  5. Those rugs are BEAUTIFUL! So much good inspo here.