How To Update a Bathroom: No Renovation Needed!
Some bathrooms continue to charm with their timeless fixtures & classic colours for many years. Others can be a challenge for the eyes, with somewhat dated tiles & matching fixtures that were once considered de rigueur for bathrooms. If you believe yours belongs in the second category of bathrooms, you will be pleased to hear that you can spruce it up & make it look modern, fresh & bright again. Check out our simple ideas on how to update a bathroom without undergoing a renovation.
Get Rid of “Long Forgotten” Items
Many times, a bathroom that looks tired has things from many decades ago (i.e. a suction-mounted toothbrush holder that has turned yellow or an old towel stand). Eliminating these features instantly makes the room look better. Also, look around for items that are taking up visible space rather than offering a handy function, for example, a bath caddy that nobody uses anymore.
Also, more than often, you can find visible signs of wear & tear in older bathrooms (i.e. old fixtures that have lost their metal shine & bathtubs with cracks and chips). Changing as many of these items as possible will improve how your bathroom suite looks a great deal.
Use Colours to Your Advantage
Some bright white linens & a few coats of white paint are often more than enough to freshen up a bathroom. Going for white is a great way to balance out, say, pink tiles, & turn them into the feature of the room. Or you can pair your aqua tiles with soft grey hues on the walls & a few matching accents here & there. Another good idea that appeals to black & white bathroom tiles is to add details within the same colour scheme (i.e. white linens, striped shower curtain, a black & white painting on the wall etc.).
Now, if you just can’t stand your bathroom tiles but don’t have the money to purchase new ones (or don’t want to go through all the fuss that comes with replacing them), you can just paint them! It is a temporary solution (compared to replacing the tiles) but it will make you feel much better about your bathroom space. Just get the opinion of a professional painter, who will tell you exactly what you need to buy to get the job done right, depending on your wall condition. Alternatively, you may use a contrasting colour & paint some accent tiles instead.
Re-apply New Grout
Perhaps the number one thing that makes a bathroom look outdated & old is grout. You may have a hard time picturing how different (in a better way, of course) your bathroom will look with a grout touch up, but it will. There are several options here. You may:
- Just deep clean the grout & remove as much gunk as possible,
- Scrape out the old grout (there are special rakes for this task) & renew it, or
- Re-apply grout of a brighter shade.
Just make sure you protect your bathroom fixtures from getting damaged/stained by the harsh chemicals of strong grout strippers (apply them with a fine brush to be safe).
Add a Wall-Hung Towel Rack
The majority of older bathrooms usually have a limited number of hooks & towel bars. Storage space is also lacking. Consider adding a towel rack above the tiles (wall mounted, of course, to save space) to earn some extra centimetres & make your bathroom more functional & modern. Another contemporary & space-saving alternative is glass or floating shelves to keep things organised without feeling too cramped.
Adding wallpaper in the bathroom allows you to be as creative as you want & also neutralises the colour any tiles that you are not too thrilled about. What we need is to distract the eye away from the tiles & urge it to move around the space. If, for example, the tile work has black accents, you can play with wallpaper that bears black motifs. And, no. You don’t necessarily need to stick with neutral or grey wallpapers.
However, if you do go for a colourful pattern, ensure the other things inside the bathroom (i.e. the shower curtain) are more “quiet”. The whole point is to create a modern bathroom appearance rather than “make noise” the ugly way! Needless to say, good ventilation is a must in this case (the wallpaper may peel off due to humidity).
- Turn your bathroom into a small showroom by adding, for instance, painted vanity doors, a ceiling fixture, or some fun curtains. If you like to be daring, this is your chance!
- Replacing the old & worn bathroom fixtures will give your vintage bathroom an instant makeover. It is amazing what a basic chrome faucet and modern shower head can do to the way the space feels. The same applies to refinishing your bathtub.
- If you do have some money to spend on your bathroom, check out our handy post – How to Create the Perfect Family Bathroom in 6 Easy Steps
Most of the times, the livability of an older bathroom hugely depends on how you work with what you have & how creative you want to be. If it still is in good shape, paying attention to a few details can make a big difference.
Does your bathroom need an update?
**How To Update a Bathroom: Make Your Dated Bathroom Look Modern Without Renovating It is a collaborative post