When a homeowner is considering renovating their bathroom, their greatest fear is probably the notion that the renovated bathroom will soon fall out of style due to an inappropriate or overly enthusiastic color scheme applied to the finish materials, the wall paint, and the choice of fixture colors. One need only look at the leftover bathrooms from the 1970s to see outdated color schemes – wild, gaudy (almost painful to the eye) colors abound and such bathrooms quickly become the laughingstock of guests and visitors. What is the best way to avoid becoming “out of fashion” so quickly?
To put it bluntly, architectural and interior design styles will always change and there is no credible way to ensure a bathroom will persistently remain in style as the decades pass. Even the most tastefully-designed 1950s bathroom (as it may have been seen then) would be unappealing to most people today because our cultural sensibilities have changed. To add another layer of worry, there also is the phenomenon of styles goingin and out of fashion – a design scheme may prove particularly popular one decade, go out of fashion in the next, just to see a return in popularity in the third following decade.
The homeowner is now no doubt wondering what the best means are to avoid constant renovations as styles change. Here are some tips to keep in mind that will ensure your bathroom can be easily and modestly modified to adapt to changing styles:
Simple white fixtures tend to remain in style the longest. Black, green, marbleized, mauve, and other tinted fixtures go in and out of style, but popular taste always returns most reliably to the simple elegance of white fixtures. (Has there ever been a time when white fixtures were resounding “out of fashion?”) Rather than choosing complex color schemes for finish materials and paint, consider using simple neutral colors for these items and adding colors with removable objects instead – towels, curtains, screens, lampshades, rugs, and prints can all be coordinated to represent a specific color or design scheme and can all be easily changed out and replaced when trends change. Stick tolight colors for walls and ceilings, and floors if possible. Despite fluctuations and temporary fads for bright, dark, or vivid colors, tastes have always returned to more modest, light colors over time. Consider using soft, neutral colors – off white, beige, very light reds, greens, and yellows – for material selections and paint colors. Light colors also make the room feel larger, airier, and more open. You can more easily get away with using a dark color on the floors if it provides an elegant contrast to the lighter walls and it can also help the bathroom feel more “grounded” and solid.
Please feel free to browse through some Philadelphia Bathroom Remodeling for for ideas on coordinating materials in different styles and kinds of bathrooms.