If you live in a rental, your landlord may be reluctant to spend money on expensive upgrades, even if they're necessary. But a few simple and cheap steps are all it takes to make a huge improvement.
It's unlikely that you'll manage to convince your landlord to install a brand new bathroom, but the prospect of spending just a couple of hundred dollars is far less off-putting -- even if you have to stump up the cash. Interior designer Will Saks suggests smartening things up and installing new accessories is all it takes.
The simplest thing you can do is update the smaller fixtures: towel bars, toilet paper holders, mirrors, medicine cabinets.
This a great way to quickly change the look of your bathroom, but if you don't mind putting in a little work, re-grouting the tiles also works wonders. If you don't like the idea of doing it yourself, you can always call in a contractor. You'll need to get your landlord's approval before undertaking any major changes, of course, but a little elbow grease and a few bucks from your landlord will get you a nicer place to live and a more valuable property.
Don't forget that your landlord remains responsible for ensuring your bathroom is safe. They should deal with leaks and electrical problems for you.