7 tips for renovating a rented bathroom - a simple guide to this home improvement in Portugal

It is possible to remodel some spaces in a rental house without making structural changes.

Renovating the bathroom in a rented property / Foto by House Method on Unsplash
Renovating the bathroom in a rented property / Foto by House Method on Unsplash
20 January 2020, Redaction

Living in a rented property can mean you have certain limitations, particularly regarding decoration and home renovation. There are many tenants who are afraid to make changes to their houses and landlords who do not allow them to. Still, it is possible to remodel some spaces without compromising the main structure of the property.

With the help of home improvement specialists, Habitissimo, idealista/news gives you some very simple tips so that your bathroom can appear as good as new, and without much effort.

Take note: Although these are changes that will not interfere with the structure of a property, tenants should always talk to the owner before continuing with any renovation work. It is important to reinforce this connection so that everything stays on good terms.

Change the mirror

Changing the mirror in a bathroom can make a massive difference / Pixabay
Changing the mirror in a bathroom can make a massive difference / Pixabay

Simple, fast, easy and with a great final visual impact. The bathroom mirror is a fundamental element, not only for its practical function, but also for the difference it makes in any decorative environment. Just make sure you remove the initial mirror carefully so you don't break it, and that you can replace it if the owner wants it when you leave the house. One of the current trends is round mirrors.

Change the shower tray

Changing bathroom fixtures can greatly increase the value of a property / Pixabay
Changing bathroom fixtures can greatly increase the value of a property / Pixabay

For this change, you must talk to your landlord in advance and ask for permission. We are talking about a substantial change, but its an attractive offer for landlords, since you will greatly increase the value of the space and the house itself. There are now classic baths on the market that look great in more traditional bathrooms.

Opt for alternative storage options

Storage boxes and baskets are a useful addtion / Shutterstock
Storage boxes and baskets are a useful addtion / Shutterstock

This is a tip for the whole house. You can never have too much storage, and in the case of beauty and hygiene items, even more so. Opt for baskets and stylish boxes to ensure that everything stays in its place.

Make sure the lighting is good

Good lighting can improve any bathroom / Shutterstock
Good lighting can improve any bathroom / Shutterstock

One way to make bathrooms more luxurious is to use good lighting. You don't necessarily have to change what you have. If you only have ceiling lighting, consider installing some wall lights, as if it were a dressing room.

Add wallpaper

Adding wallpaper can be a simple solution / Shutterstock
Adding wallpaper can be a simple solution / Shutterstock

If your bathroom has old, worn-out tiles and you can't replace them, you might consider wallpapering some parts. Nowadays, there are a thousand and one choices of patterns, colors and textures that can add that classy luxury touch to a space, without having to invest a lot of time or money. Avoid putting wallpaper in the areas that come into most contact with water and remember to stick to a strong, moisture-proof material.

Plants, plants and more plants

Plants add a decorative touch to any bathroom / Shutterstock
Plants add a decorative touch to any bathroom / Shutterstock

No other decorative item has as much effect as a very large vase with a plant inside. Whether natural (for spaces with direct light) or artificial (in case there is not enough light to maintain natural light), plants match with everything, older bathrooms included.

Change the taps

Changing the taps is a small but significant difference / Pixelabay
Changing the taps is a small but significant difference / Pixelabay

Yes, taps even make a difference in the decoration of a bathroom. By changing this element, you won't spend a lot of money and you can give your bathroom a new look. If the space is more classic, invest in a more vintage style, perhaps even in gold. You can consult the Habitissimo portal to get an idea of how much this work costs.

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