Any suggestions ?


So this is the small bathroom in my new rental. I don’t hate the faucet. The light fixture surround is a bit much but it sorta “matches” I guess. The towel rack....not so much. I can’t remove/replace anything but if I just make something look cohesive with the other two....maybe it won’t be noticed by you-know-who.

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  • Janice Janice on Sep 20, 2020

    Colorful towels on the towel rack will divert attention away from the chrome towel bar. Once they are hanging on the bar, it will barely be visible.

  • on Sep 20, 2020

    Often landlords will let you change out light fixtures etc as long as you change them back when you leave.

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 20, 2020

    Hi Debbie: Seems as though the towel bar is the only thing that doesn't match. I agree, if you put towels on it, it will barely show. However, if it really bothers you, ask your landlord if you can change it out with something you really like and replace the original one when you vacate.

    Good luck

  • Cindy Cindy on Sep 20, 2020

    I would buy a towel bar the same size as the one you have now. Install the new one, but keep the old one. Change it back before you move out.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 20, 2020

    I would dissuade you from removing this towel bar and trying to replace it with another one, even if it is 'temporary' for the time that you are renting.

    First of all you do not know what type of hardware is holding the rod on the wall. Chances are the wall will crack around the site, or the paint will peel off to some degree when you attempt to remove the hardware. Secondly, your walls are textured, which are considerably harder to repair than plain drywall, once damage has occurred, even if it is only 'little holes from a towel bar'.

    You may be opening a can of worms by doing so.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 21, 2020

    Keep a towel on the towel holder that ties into bathroom scheme and you won’t notice so much that it doesn’t match.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Sep 21, 2020

    I think with some fluffy bath towels and attractive guest towels it won't be noticeable. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 21, 2020

    Hello Debbie,

    My suggestion is to add more item that are the same finish as the Towel Rail on the Bath area or around so it doesn't draw the eye as odd! Easily sorted!!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 21, 2020

    I see what you mean, took me a second look to get the picture.

    You can pretty up the bathroom with accessories, shower curtain, matching towels, mirror garland.

    Maybe ask the landlord where he got the towel bar, offer to buy it in the gold tone and ask him if you can substitute it out. He maybe oblivious to the mismatch, not everyone has interior design in mind. Nothing to loose by asking, the worst he can say is no, but you tried. Then decorate to your best.

  • I would just replace the towel bar or one in the colour you want. Make sure you keep the old one to put it back when you leave.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Sep 21, 2020

    Ask your landlord if you could spray paint the towel rack to match or replace it and then change it back when you move out.

  • Dee Dee on Sep 21, 2020

    I would ask the landlord if you can change it out. Many times they will let you do that if you leave it there.

    But if not, just got some nice fluffy towels. No one will notice.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Sep 21, 2020

    Before doing anything I would ask the landlord. If you are planning to upgrade the light and towel bar then not sure why he would mind. But best to ask first before spending time and money. You can buy light fixtures at Home depot and Lowes for cheap and also you could spray paint (rusteloum has a great paint for this) the towel bar

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 21, 2020

    When trying to replace a towel rod, if it has been mounted with drywall anchors, rarely in my experience has the hole not been stripped/damaged to some extent when the anchor comes out. It usually needs to be shored up to some degree first before the new anchor goes in, or else the new holes for the replacement towel rod need to be repositioned all together.

  • Maura White Maura White on Sep 22, 2020

    I agree that you could either buy a new towel holder and replace it with the original when you move. Or cover it with towels and no one will hardly notice!

  • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Sep 22, 2020

    Use silver and gold for accent pieces.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Sep 30, 2020

    if yu are going to use big bowl that towel rack is not going to show

  • Debbie Debbie on Sep 30, 2020

    Well “update”

    I decided that I would move the towel rack to other side of room where there would actually be proper space for a bath towel to hang and be able to actually dry. (Right now it’s about 12” above the toilet. 🙄) And I was going to paint it an aged gold color. However! I can find no way to remove it from where it is. There are no tiny lil screws on the side. I have no idea how it was put up!! So for now....guess I have to get over myself!

    Thank you all for your ideas and suggestions.

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    • Debbie Debbie on Oct 01, 2020

      I know!!! There isn’t!!! It’s THE weirdest thing ever!! I know you may think I’m just not seeing them- but I went around each one w a flashlight. They aren’t there!!!