This homeowner reached out to me with photos of two bathrooms in her own house.
Who can see what’s wrong here?
It’s the old “granite to sell” trick and some would say it worked but the new granite makes the floor and cabinets look especially dated.
How can you tell that the granite is the new addition? That 4″ kick along the back might mislead you into thinking the counters are older but the real giveaway is that they have a creamy undertone while the floors are white.
Done properly, a white and cream bathroom can be stunning, but this wasn’t considered an upgrade.
More likely is that the previous homeowners just followed their realtors advice and installed granite to make the listing more attractive. If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ll know how popular this advice is and how often it can go wrong.
My solution here: Paint the cabinets cream to tie in with the granite and replace the white tile with bluestone hex tile.
Why hex tile?
To my eye, this tile feels like it belongs in a bathroom. It’s small in scale and classic.
Here’s another bathroom with bluestone hex tile. Pretty.
Classic little entry. Tile that looks like this could stay forever!
Unless you have a modern bathroom (for which you would choose a much larger tile, the above six options are your cheat sheet for classic and timeless. Sorry, but no, your house is not the exception.
Any and every other tile is a victim of trends and just as with wood stained kitchens, I can walk into any bathroom with any other tile, and I will know immediately within a five year time bracket, when it was installed.
It takes seeing thousands and thousands of homes to come to this next conclusion and since I’ve done just that, you’ll just have to trust me when I say, most tile is just blotchy and bad.
Fortunately for the bathroom in the first picture, it’s new owners knew who to call to fix the problems of the “granite to sell”.
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Which floor is your favourite?