Most buyers are advised to ignore dated features of a house because it’s easy enough to change dated paint hues and fixtures after you move in. However, bathrooms are one of the areas of a home that can make it look most outmoded, and they may be a little more challenging to remodel. If you’ve purchased a home with an antiquated bathroom, don’t stress. These handy tips can help you refresh and modernize any bathroom.
Give the Bathroom a Facelift
When you first see an outdated bathroom, your initial thought might be that the whole thing is an unfixable mess. Take the time to look carefully and see if you can fix it with just a few upgrades. Thoroughly cleaning and resealing the grout can go a long way toward fixing the grungy look of a bathroom. Taking down outdated wallpaper and repainting a bathroom can also change the overall look significantly.
Resurface the Tub, Cabinets, and Tiles
Resurfacing is one of the easiest ways to update a tacky avocado green or mauve bathroom. Choose a new finish and color for the bathtub, tiles, countertops, and other ceramic, wood, or enameled surfaces. You can completely change the look of a bathroom and hide scratches or stains without having to rip everything out and start over from square one. For the best results, use a professional refinishing service instead of just slapping on paint yourself.
Work with Unusual Color Schemes
The décor you use in a bathroom can make even an outdated area look charming and vintage. The key is to add tasteful décor that compliments unusually colored tiles. You can choose to ground pastel colors with dark neutrals or use a soft white or beige scheme to soften odd colors. Selecting artwork, shower curtains, and other décor that matches unusual colors can make them look like an intentional and stylish choice.
If you’re stumped for design ideas, go online to sites such as Pinterest and check out what other people are doing. You can even take a fun outing on a Sunday afternoon to open houses at homes and condos for sale in Irvine, CA, to see what’s trending in your SoCal neighborhood.
Replace the Basic Fixtures and Appliances
In some bathrooms, the things that look most outdated are worn-out sinks, toilets, and other fixtures. Getting new versions of these things isn’t as much work as replacing showers or tubs, so swapping them out can be an easy way to upgrade the room. Fixtures such as clunky lights, stained plastic tub knobs, or rusty sink handles are particularly easy to fix.
Renovate It Entirely
A complete renovation only works if you want to get rid of all vintage features and have the budget for a remodel, but it’s a surefire way to fix an outdated bathroom. Keep in mind that older bathrooms can be a challenge to remodel, especially if they’re cramped. You need to take the time to redo the electrical and plumbing systems because outdated utilities could cause problems with your remodel later on.
Redecorating, refinishing, or completely renovating an outdated bathroom can have a major impact on the character of your entire home. With a little creativity and elbow grease, you can refresh that old bathroom to match the beauty of the rest of your home. If you’re a buyer who’s browsing the huge variety of Oak Creek, Great park, and Stonegate Irvine homes for sale, don’t let a so-so bathroom keep you from taking advantage of a great deal or choosing a home that’s otherwise perfect for you. When you’re ready to find your next home, the experienced real estate agents at Irvine Residential Living are here to help. Call one of our friendly agents at 714-454-6304 today.