3 Bathroom Remodeling Trends to Avoid

Debbie Bremner July 17, 2018

Bathroom makeovers can help enhance a property, but be careful not to be too trendy, or your remodel may have the opposite effect. Here are several recent bathroom trends that you might want to reconsider, including:

Tiny tiles

Mosaics of tiny colored tiles may be on-trend and offer a retro vibe to your bathroom, but they’ve also earned a reputation as being a pain to keep clean. Tiny tiles mean more grout to clean and maintain. Instead of doing a large space of tiny tiles, try using them as an accent, such as the wall surrounding your vanity. Choose a place where they won’t get wet on the floor, in the tub, or in the shower so that cleaning them is less of a chore.

Hardwood floors

The flooring may be a hot choice for the rest of your home, but they can be a pain in the bathroom. It will warp next to a shower or tub if not dried after each use. Also, tile is more sanitary. If the wooden look is what you want, opt for something that resembles wood, but is actually tile.

Colored tubs and sinks

Color is gradually entering more bathrooms. But don’t forget the lessons from the 1950s pastel bathroom craze that brought in pink and aqua sinks. That had renovators ripping them out a few years later in favor of white, a safer choice for the long term. While some buyers do adore the vintage look, most buyers want a bath that is more “of the moment” and neutral. Try to be very safe in your remodel because the parts are going to be expensive to change out—like a tub. Try considering resale in your decorating plan, and remember that the big ticket items in the bath should appeal to the majority of buyers. If color is what you want, opt for painting the walls instead; it’s easier to change later on, and much less expensive.

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