Ask Deb Nelson: Time for a change
Hi Deb. We recently purchased an old house to renovate and fix up. The main bathroom is on the second floor and is very dated. The pink wall colour has to go. In fact, I can’t wait to get rid of it and I am about to start painting now just so I don’t have to look at it. I think we are going to keep the general layout, but we are adding in a door to connect to the master bedroom. I think the tub and sink are fine to stay in the room. Could you let me know what other cosmetic updates you would recommend? This room really needs an update. Thank you.
Thanks for your question. Your bathroom looks like it’s ready for a makeover. I can see you what you mean and I am sure you are ready to make a change away from the pink walls.
In some older houses, where the walls aren’t in perfect condition, you can use an alternate material to cover them up and give them a new lease on life. In this case I thought it looked like the lower half of the walls (the pink area) could benefit from this type of approach. The material I am recommending is a 4’ x 8’ sheet of paintable bead board. This is an affordable and pretty quick solution to clean up the look of the lower half of the walls.
You can attach the bead board to the existing walls. I would paint the bead board on the lower half of the walls in a warm white. Above the bead board, I would paint the walls in a light grey colour. I think this will create a nice soft look for your bathroom — and this colour scheme will make it feel much more up to date.
The inspiration picture I have used here shows the lower bead board walls painted in a colour grey too, but I think white on the lower part of the walls would brighten up the bathroom and give it a fresh crisp look.
Next, if you are looking at replacing the floors, I would also consider a light colour neutral ceramic or porcelain floor tile. You could get something that has a mix of white and grey in it to go with the overall colour scheme. The new floor will also go a long way in making the room look more current.
In terms of the bathroom fixtures, it doesn’t look like you have to change much. Your existing pedestal sink looks like it has a nice shape and fits well in the room. Because a pedestal sink doesn’t offer any additional storage, I would add a white-framed medicine cabinet/mirror above the sink.
I love the look of a unique wall sconce above the mirror. The dark contrast of the light fixture in the inspiration picture would be perfect in your bathroom. This is shown in a bronze finish and adds a touch of drama to the room.
I would also look a getting a shower curtain that has a little bit of colour and pattern. This one (shown), with the citron and grey combination, is a trendy colour scheme that looks great together. The little bit of yellow adds a sunny burst of colour to the room and the stripe pattern looks classic. If you wanted to invest in a new window treatment, a white wood (or faux wood) blind or shutter would add a more finished, updated look to the window area. It’s good for privacy and light control, and also feels more substantial at the window.
A couple of last items I thought I would mention: you could add an additional white shelf that also has a towel bar. This one (shown) has a little bit of white bead board detail that will help tie the whole room together, and this gives you a little more room for storage. Then you could also consider hanging a piece of black and white artwork in a black frame which adds a nice little bit of contrast to the room.
Melissa, I hope these ideas help you to update your bathroom and give it a complete new updated look. I am pretty sure you will be happy to say good-bye to the pink!
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