Often a bathroom renovation means some finishes stay and some finishes go. Before you choose any new hard finishes or paint colours, you cannot ignore what is staying and simply install “white” anything – countertops, tile, wall colour, etc. Keep reading to see what I mean.
How to Refresh Your Bathroom Without Replacing the Tile
Want to know how to refresh your bathroom? If you have old tile that is staying, but you are replacing the countertop (whether you’re in a kitchen or bathroom), often the new countertop is chosen without taking the tile into consideration. Don’t do this!
Choose your countertop colour with caution and carefully consider it with the existing hard finishes (in this case floor and wall tile) in mind. Because if you pretend your old tile is not there, you will end up with the look of yesterday and today, or in other words, “old tile, new countertop.” And this is not a look you will be happy with in the end.
Okay, I have one more transformation to show you from this interior design project last year! I revealed the master bedroom from my lovely client Deborah’s home last week, and here is the ensuite bathroom design.
The bathroom before.
The old countertops were Crema Marfil marble. And the vanity was glazed, which was the trend around 10 years ago when this bathroom renovation was designed.
What hard finishes were staying? The client wanted to keep her floor and shower tile, but update her countertop, vanity and wall colour.
The bathroom after.
We did a similar refresh here as we did to her Tuscan powder room. We replaced the countertop, then added new faucets and lighting. We even added a new mirror that spanned the wall from countertop to ceiling. It’s too narrow in here for wall sconces on either side of the sink so to give this vanity and cleaner look, we removed the skinny tower cabinet and installed a large mirror instead. Don’t you just love how the sconces are installed seamlessly with the mirror.
The floor and wall tile from the Tuscan (or earthy brown) trend stayed but we managed to add a new fresh off-white paint colour on the cabinets and trim. With just these changes, it’s a whole new bathroom!
Wall Colour: BM OC-6 Feather Down, Countertops: Caesarstone Buttermilk quartz, Vanity Colour: BM Cloud White
We picked up some fun artwork from HomeSense to give the toilet room a little atmosphere! It’s a great way to distract the eye from the old tile and make it feel fresh and updated!
Photography by Barry Calhoun
Lastly, don’t forget the styling. Once you have your hard finishes in place and the right paint colour, you are only just beginning to decorate your bathroom. This is the fun part! Find a pretty area or bath rug that repeats the colours in your master bedroom decor and add some fresh flowers for a beautiful new look.
Here are some of my favorite bathroom styling ideas curated for you on Pinterest.
Let’s review, shall we?
So, did you get that? If you are NOT replacing your earthy tile or floor, you cannot simply ignore it and install a white countertop, for example. I’ve said this before but lately we’ve been getting so many requests for white countertops regardless of what’s happening with the flooring that I thought it was time to talk about it again. Ignoring a hard finish that you are not changing will not lead to a fresher look overall.
If you have a patterned tile similar to this, the other countertop that will NOT WORK is a marble countertop. Typically it doesn’t work to introduce two patterns in your hard finishes, and is the reason why most bathrooms you see in real estate listing are just bad. I hope this post helped to teach you how to refresh your bathroom.
NOTE: If you’re reading this and you don’t see what I’m talking about with the neutral undertones, you’ll want to grab my first eBook, How to Choose Paint Colours — It’s All in the Undertones.
Terreeia and I are in Dallas for a meeting this weekend. Happy belated Valentines Day! Thanks so much to all of you for your love and support over the years, I am in year 10 of writing this blog and I couldn’t have done it without you!