Before and After: A Tiny NYC Rental Bathroom
When Elaine Welteroth, beauty and health director at Teen Vogue, approached Nicole Gibbons—designer and author of the blog So Haute—for help making over the bathroom in her NYC rental apartment, Gibbons was happy to oblige. While personalizing the bathroom in a rental may not seem worth the effort, a few easy swaps, a little bit of paint, and the right accessories can make a major difference. Welteroth has a style Gibbons describes as “classic femininity with a fashion-forward edge,” and with that in mind, the designer set off to transform the small bathroom in Welteroth’s studio apartment in New York’s West Village.
Keep scrolling to check out the dramatic transformation.
Though hesitant at first, Gibbons was able to convince her client to go bold in the small space. “I encouraged her to embrace black walls for her bathroom,” the designer says. “It’s something she was nervous about initially, but once she saw it, she loved it.”
Simple updates make for high-impact changes in the tiny room. A fresh coat of black paint added drama and contrast to the existing white tile. Switching out the faucet, hardware, medicine cabinet, and toilet seat for a vintage-inspired black version also made a drastic difference. Decorative accessories seamlessly pull the differing elements together.
Gibbons recommends the three-step approach seen here when it comes to personalizing a rental space’s bathroom. “Upgrade your fittings and hardware, add a fresh coat of paint, and incorporate new accessories such as a decorative shower curtain and bath mat,” the designer recommends. “These small, inexpensive changes will have a huge impact.”
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