Hands down, the simplest way to update a small bathroom.

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated February 26, 2019
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Patterned shower curtain in bathroom
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If your current bathroom feels far from spa-like, but your next remodel is still a few years away, the easiest way to update the room is to buy a new shower curtain. Most shower curtains measure about five feet long and run from floor to ceiling—so they take up a significant amount of visual space. Especially in a small room, the curtain is likely the largest thing in the space. Luckily, this one element is also the easiest to switch out (it takes less than five minutes) and there are plenty of options at affordable prices.

Choose from the pretty patterned curtains below, then invest in a mildew-resistant liner ($10, amazon.com) that will keep the curtain looking fresh for longer. You’ll have to replace your shower curtain less often, so you’ll get the most out of this micro bathroom makeover.

Kate Spade Blue-and-White Striped Shower Curtain
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Kate Spade Striped Shower Curtain

To add a relaxing nautical touch to your bathroom, choose this blue-and-white striped option by Kate Spade. By simply changing this one feature, your forever home (or rental place) will instantly start to feel more like your beach house.

To buy: $50; bedbathandbeyond.com.

Peaches Shower Curtain in pink and orange
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Peaches Shower Curtain

Pink and orange is the unexpected trending color combination right now, and this playful shower curtain proves how pretty it can be. Let this colorful curtain freshen up your bathroom just in time for spring.

To buy: $39; urbanoutfitters.com.

Andana Medallion-Pattern Colorful Shower Curtain
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Andana Medallion Shower Curtain

For those looking to bring color and pattern to an all-white bathroom, this kaleidoscope-esque curtain will brighten up the entire room.

To buy: $24 (originally $29), worldmarket.com

Bathroom Shower Curtain, Mermaids print
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Mermaid Shower Curtain

Install this charming shower curtain in your kids' bathroom to turn an ordinary bathroom into the most magical room in the house. Complete the look with a mermaid tail bathmat

To buy: $17, target.com

Bathroom Shower Curtain, pink floral shower curtain
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Whimsical Floral Design

Want to transform the bathroom into your own personal sanctuary? Installing this beautiful floral shower curtain is the easiest way to make this space feel instantly more luxurious. 

To buy: $49, urbanoutfitters.com