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Bathroom Dated Bathroom Fixes

13 Things Making Your Bathroom Look Outdated

Make these changes to bring your bathroom back into the 21st century.

June 9, 2024 at 7:29 AM PST
Bathroom Dated Bathroom Fixes

13 Things Making Your Bathroom Look Outdated

Make these changes to bring your bathroom back into the 21st century.

June 9, 2024 at 7:29 AM PST

The bathroom is a sacred area of your home, where the daily rituals of brushing, washing, and mirror-gazing take place. But have you looked around recently and thought it feels more like a time capsule than a sanctuary of glam? If your bathroom seems like it’s hosting a party from a bygone era, it might be time for a refresh. Of course, these are just considerations, and understandably, things like pricy renovations just may not be on your list of priorities. But, if you are ready for a change here are a few things that could be making your bathroom look outdated and some ideas for how to fix them.

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1. The Not-So-Fabulous Fiberglass Tub

Fiberglass bathtubs are a stock bathroom staple, but with so many new innovations, now they’re just screaming “last century.” Their once-bright sheen has likely dulled, and they often show their age with cracks and stains. Replacing a fiberglass tub can instantly modernize your bathroom. Consider a sleek, freestanding bathtub for an eye-catching modern look, or a walk-in shower with glass doors for a contemporary feel.

2. Builder-Grade Vanity Lights

If your vanity lights resemble something you’d find in a dressing room from the 80s, it’s time for an upgrade. Those exposed bulbs and shiny brass fixtures were the height of fashion…a couple of decades ago. Swap them out for modern fixtures like industrial sconces, chic pendants, or minimalist LED mirrors for an instant upgrade.

3. Carpet

Carpeted bathrooms were a thing. Why? No one knows. It makes zero sense in a space that battles the humidity and splashes from showers and bathtime. If you’re still tiptoeing on carpet while brushing your teeth, it’s time to rip it out. Replace it with timeless tile, trendy vinyl planks, or warm wood-look tiles. Your feet will be appreciative, and your bathroom will leap into the 21st century.

4. Trendy Wallpaper

Unless you’ve got some seriously chic, modern wallpaper, it’s likely that floral or paisley print is dating your bathroom. Wallpaper can work in a bathroom, but it needs to be fresh and contemporary. If you’re not ready to commit to the upkeep of wallpaper, consider a coat of paint in a soothing, trendy color like sage green, navy blue, or a soft blush.

5. Over-the-Top Jacuzzis

Remember when having a built-in jacuzzi tub was the blueprint of luxury? Nowadays, they can feel a bit excessive and clunky. If you’ve got the space, consider trading it for a more streamlined soaking tub or a spacious walk-in shower. You’ll save on water and cleaning time, and your bathroom will look more modern and inviting.

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6. Hollywood-Style Mirrors

Large mirrors with lightbulbs framing the entire perimeter were once considered the old Hollywood glamorous, but today they just feel…old. Switch to a frameless mirror for a sleek, minimalist look, or choose one with a simple, modern frame. Bonus points for integrated lighting!

7. Bland, Beige Everything

While beige can be a safe choice, it can also make your bathroom look stuck in the past. Modern bathrooms embrace color, contrast, and texture. Introduce some personality with bold tiles, a statement vanity, or colorful accessories. Even a pop of greenery can breathe new life into a beige bathroom. If your heart is set on the neutrality of beige, you can still liven it up with a different shade, such as ones with blush or grey undertones to freshen it up.

8. Formica Countertops

Formica was the go-to material for countertops, but it doesn’t hold a candle to today’s options. Replace it with something more durable and visually appealing like quartz, granite, or even a concrete countertop for a modern, industrial vibe.

9. Brass Fixtures

Brass fixtures can give your bathroom an antiquated feel, especially if they’re tarnished. Swap them out for matte black, brushed nickel, or polished chrome. These finishes are timeless and versatile.

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10. Lack of Storage

Clutter is the enemy of a modern bathroom, especially if you have a relatively small space to work with. If your bathroom is dominated by bottles, towels, and toiletries strewn about, it’s time for a storage overhaul. Floating shelves, built-in cabinets, and stylish baskets can keep everything in order and out of sight.

11. Frosted Glass Shower Doors

Frosted glass had its moment, but it’s now associated with outdated designs. Clear glass shower doors make your bathroom look bigger and brighter. Plus, they show off your beautiful tile work, making the entire space feel more cohesive and stylish.

12. Heavy, Patterned Curtains

Shower curtains with loud patterns or heavy fabrics can make your bathroom feel closed in and old-fashioned. Aim for a light, airy fabric in a solid color or a simple pattern.

13. Plastic Toilet Seats

This might seem like a small detail, but plastic toilet seats can cheapen the look of your bathroom. Upgrade to a wooden or soft-close toilet seat for a subtle but noticeable improvement. It’s an inexpensive change that can make a big difference.



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