1. Not photogenic
“It’s weird how you can see in a picture what you can’t see anymore with your own eyes,” says Angela Hurd of Short Story Renovations.
The fix: take a photograph of your bathroom to get a better sense of what you might not otherwise notice. Sometimes we can become blind to the discord — from a mismatched color palette to accumulated junk on the vanity counter.
2. Outdated colors
Funky hues can be one of the most noticeable signs that a bathroom is out of date.
The fix: White, gray and black palettes will lend an element of ageless beauty to any space.
3. Smells like a bathroom
Some bathrooms, you walk in and they just have an old bathroom smell. It’s another indication that it’s time for a renovation.
The fix: Replacing a toilet’s wax seal, fixing a persistent, mold-causing sink leak, or adding better ventilation to a windowless bathroom can all be sure fixes for a fresher-smelling experience.
4. Bad layout
Awkward bathroom layout is another indication that it’s time for an update. Odd arrangements, such as a toilet directly next to the bathtub, are typical in bungalows and houses built in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, when plumbing was a new phenomenon.
The fix: Installing a separate water closet can be a winning move.
When brown water stains appear on the ceiling below the bathroom, it’s definitely time to make repairs and update.
The fix: Take the opportunity to put in modern fixtures that conserve water and speak to your style.
6. Poor lighting
If you’re either blinded by the lights that are overhead, or it’s so dim you can barely see yourself in the mirror, that’s a problem.
The fix: Better light fixtures and brighter light bulbs may be the first step on your path to a bathroom redo.
7. Stylistic relics
If you have wallpaper or popcorn ceilings still hanging around from decades past, your bathroom is due for an update.
The fix: Wallpaper is making a comeback, so think about using it in a new way.
8. Low on storage
Can’t store all the things you need in the bathroom? This calls for action.
The fix: Install a larger vanity, or add shelves above the toilet. You could even knock out a wall and steal a little space from another room to create a linen closet.