Despite how frequently the bathroom is used you would be surprised to learn that it is probably the most over-looked room in the home from a decorating perspective. While you might regularly refresh your living room furniture with a polish or lick of paint, bathroom furniture will usually fall victim to waiting years for a revamp. With modern and designer bathroom furniture taking centre stage in bathroom trends, your existing bathroom furniture can quickly look dated in contrast.
But how do you know when it is time to give your bathroom furniture a much-needed face-lift? These tell tale signs will give you all the notice you need to begin that bathroom make-over.
Remove out of date units
Start by assessing the look of each piece of bathroom furniture in your bathroom. These pieces can be everything from vanity units to cabinets and storage units. Take a look at these pieces and work out whether these units ruin the contemporary look of your existing bath suite such as being in a contrasting finish or crafted from an old-fashion wood.
Replacing these units with pieces in a stainless steel, chrome or gloss finish will maintain that sense of modernity to instantly refresh any tired bathroom setting.
A coloured bath suite ruins a modern look
Peach or brown coloured bath suites were the height of popularity – about a couple of decades ago! If you have invested in modern and designer inspired furniture but have a dated coloured bath suite then you won’t achieve the contemporary style that you are aiming for. In this situation, it is best to refurbish your bathroom with a more modern suite, in a colour or design that will complement your existing contemporary furniture units.
Practicality without the style?
In any busy bathroom, it is common that there never seems to be enough storage space. This can sometimes result in filling the room with bulky storage units simply to allow for adequate space to store your essentials but these brash oversized units can date the look of any bathroom setting. However, with the current popularity of adding storage units to the bathroom there is now a wide variety of units to choose that maintain practical generous storage space with the added benefit of elegant designs.
Check for water damage.
One of the main reasons that furniture can start to look aged is down to any damage that can build up over the years. Water damage can slowly develop if you have any leaks in the bathroom and this can eventually take its toll on your bathroom furniture. Particularly vanity units that hold a basin can be affected however as leaks may develop anywhere in the bathroom it could also ruin cabinets or storage units. If you find that any water damage is irreparable, then it is best to replace the existing unit and ensure that any leaky fixtures are seen to be a professional plumber prior to installation.
Scuffed, scratched or stained surfaces
In addition to water damage, another effect of time on furniture is that it can be subjected to scratches or stains. If you use your vanity unit’s countertop to carry out your morning routine through applying make-up then the area can become worn away over time.
Unsightly scuffs and stain marks can instantly give any bathroom an aged look so it is best to replace any soiled units. In the future, it is a good idea to choose furniture which has easy clean appeal so the area can simply be wiped clean after use.
Is there continuity?
One way of creating an effortlessly stylish bathroom setting is to create a sense of design continuity. If you have a modern bath suite but have old-fashioned and worn bathroom furniture then it can give the bathroom a drab and contrasting look.
To avoid this, it is best to upgrade any bathroom furniture to more contemporary units that will better complement the overall look of your bath suite such as chic wall hung cabinets in a modern gloss finish.
Make sure everything is in working order!
Nothing ruins the look of a modern styled bathroom quite like furniture that isn’t functioning properly. This can be everything from cabinets with doors hanging slightly off the hinges to any collapsed drawers within vanity units. Not only is this a hazard to the room, it can also take away the modern look of any bathroom.
First try to repair any faulty units but if they are beyond repair then replace the units with similar pieces.
Are there any dated fixtures?
With popular interior design trends currently leaning towards modern styled pieces, any furniture that maintains an old-fashioned look will quickly create a drab and tired bathroom setting.
If the overall style of your cabinets or storage units have a minimalist look to them but have old-fashioned fixtures such as brass handles it is possible to modernise them without the need of buying new furniture units. Simply replace any fixtures with stylish and contemporary styled chrome or stainless steel fittings for that instant uplift.
Combat that cramped space!
A cramped and busy space does nothing for your bathroom’s style. With furniture units packed in around your bath suite the room can take on a confined look which will instantly date the overall decor and design of the room.
To combat this, it is best to remove any unnecessary units to free up some extra space. Alternatively, wall hung furniture such as wall mounted vanity units and cabinets take away that cramped feeling by raising the units from the floor – ideal for instantly maximising the space while creating a spacious and clean-cut environment.
Finish with complementing decor
any bathroom furniture has been repaired or replaced, you should finish
the bathroom make-over by checking that the current decor of your
bathroom complements your furniture. Contrasting decor can create that
garish bathroom setting so it is vital that any wallpaper or paint you
have works well with both your bathroom suite and furniture.