Here are some examples of typical Mid-Century bathrooms that many homes have. Usually they have colored tile, toilets, bathtubs and sinks, which makes updating difficult without having to rip it all out. Sometimes you just need to work with what you have until it's time to gut or maybe you love the look, so here are some ideas of how to update, without tearing everything out!
Here's what you're starting with....
But, your bath could look more like this ...
Another typical pink bathroom....
Or Shazam and it looks like this ......
Here are some inexpensive ways to update that old bathroom without ripping it to shreds:
A - Paint the walls with a neutral, like cream, white or grey maybe even soft colors that will coordinate with your color of tile. A fresh coat of paint will go a long way in making your bathroom seem more up-to-date.
|Ferm Living, Half Moon|
B - Paint the door and trim in the room. This will help to make the space feel fresh and bright.
C - Add large art to create a distraction from all that tile!
|Art Space: Isca Greenfield-Sanders|
|Art.com: A Good Read|
|Cozmia, Wild Herringbone|
D - Change the sink with a new above counter sink that is large enough to cover the hole of the existing sink. This way you don't have to disrupt the tile countertop. White sinks are generally the least expensive finish.
|Kohler Purist Sink|
|Kohler Memoirs Sink|
Polished Chrome is also the least expensive finish for faucets and towel bars.
|Kohler Bancroft Faucet|
E & 3 - Add a towel bar above the built-in soap alcove so that way the hanging towel will hide it.
F - Dress up the window with a grasscloth or fabric roman shade
|The Shade Store|
5 - Remove towel rings (they are in a weird place), fill holes with grout and paint the grout to match the tile. Clean the grout in the entire bathroom by using elbow grease or hire someone to steam clean. You can always have the tile painted as well. If professionally done it will last longer, though still subject to scratching.
G -A large tray on the counter can hide the tile countertop and give you a neutral base.
|Jonathan Alder Lacquer Hexagon Tray|
|West Elm Leah Durner Tray|
H - Use a few decorative accessories to bring your color scheme together.
I - Add a shower curtain to soften the tile walls. You can embrace the color of the tile or you could go with a neutral to calm the color. Also, by using art, wallpaper, rugs, shower curtains, you can introduce another color into the scheme.
|Crate & Barrel Marimekko Unikko Red|
|West Elm Border Shower Curtain|
|Serena & Lily Feather Shower Curtain|
J - A rug can cover a not so attractive floor tile, a runner may give you the most coverage since generally these bathrooms are long and narrow.