If well looked after, quality fixtures will last a lifetime. lf the plumbing is adequate and the layout practical, it is worth keeping the bathroom basics and improving less attractive features. Look out for fittings and taps that are showing signs of wear replacing them is a relatively quick, easy, and inexpensive project. Buy matching soap dishes and brush holders for a fully coordinated style. A dated colour scheme for the bathroom storage is easily rectified, especially if the fixtures are white or cream, as they blend with any decorating scheme. If you have a dark or patterned suite, however, make sure the new flooring or a detail in the new fabric or wallcovering picks out the colour, to make the essential coordinating link. Try to avoid too much pattern as this looks overpowering and makes small bathrooms appear cramped. Take a good look at less obvious features such as the tub surround and the storage facilities. Painting the tub surround a new colour will transform the room, or try mosaic tiles or a decorative wooden moulding for a completely new look. Wooden shelving and cabinets are quick to repaint or can be replaced with attractive door fronts.
Surfaces including tiled walls, flooring, and ceilings are the largest I blocks of uninterrupted space to update, and when discoloured or worn, are very noticeable. Tiles can lose their shine and look dull, though discoloured grout is worse, looking both unsightly and unhygienic. Replacing grout is simple and maybe all that is necessary. It is possible to tile over existing tiles and if you are in a hurry it is quicker and less messy, but remember the new tiled surface will stand out further. Replace worn carpet or vinyl but do not lay the new over the old as it will look uneven and undermine your “restyled” bathroom. A new bathmat or rug to match your colour scheme will update a plain floor in an instant.