Design Tips to Usher In Contemporary Trends
Remember our previous post on updating your 1990s-era kitchen? Well, today, we’re tackling another major room in the home: the bathroom. After all, 90s style didn’t typically contain itself to one corner of the house; it left its mark everywhere.
Now, although bathrooms are usually the smallest spaces in a home, they can also be the most expensive to remodel. Plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, and more all play a role, and it’s a room you absolutely want to plan out before jumping into demo mode. So, as tempting as it can be to rip out those decades-old countertops and shower doors, make sure you have all the details in place first so you know exactly where to start. (P.S. we LOVE bathroom renovations, and with our 3-D renderings, we always ensure you get the most detailed sneak peek of your project – ask us how we can help!)
So, without further ado, let’s talk 90s trends – because chances are, if you don’t have some of these elements in your bathroom, your neighbor most certainly does.
What jumped out right away to us on this project was the color palette. Per typical 1990s-era style, cabinetry and trim throughout this space was all oak, which had the effect of making the room feel cramped and closed in on itself. Paired with those outdated brown tones was a shade of blue that similarly makes the space feel a bit jarring. In theory, blues can be relaxing and do frequently work well in bathrooms, but a shade this saturated didn’t quite work for the room and immediately evoked 90s memories. Beyond the color scheme, the room felt like it was too divided, which made it all feel smaller than it really was.
To begin our transformation of this space, we started with 2-D and 3-D renderings to show in detail what the room had the potential to be. Because the bathroom had both a tub and shower, his & her sinks, and a separate toilet nook, there wasn’t a large amount of extra square footage to work with, so the goal was to keep everything feeling open and bright. Out went the darker colors, and in came classic shades of creamy whites and soft browns. Additionally, we opted for a surrounding glass wall and door for the shower to bring in the light, and we brought the cabinetry up to the ceiling (above the toilet and between the sinks) to add visual height to the space. The result was a spa-like environment that felt timeless, chic, and inviting.
A classic 90s-era design choice, this bathroom incorporated oversized mirrors above the vanities, and while mirrors do tend to make spaces feel larger, because of the paint colors and dark cabinetry, the room surprisingly felt like it was shrunk into itself. And while the spacious soaking bathtub and glass-surround shower had the right idea of opening up the space visually, the chrome trim and unnecessary steps gave off a bulky vibe that didn’t fit the confines of the bathroom.
To get the most out of the space, we kept everything largely in its original position and opted to simply update the materials and slightly alter the sizing of everything. By switching to a more contemporary-shaped tub, it opened up floor space, allowing for a built-in nook for towel storage that was both functional and stylish. The shower was expanded to include a convenient bench seat inside, and the tiles throughout the space were swapped for a more streamlined marbled look to make everything feel cohesive with smooth transitions between each area. The paint was changed to a calming blue/green and the cabinetry and countertops were upgraded to lighter, more elegant colors. Because of these changes, we were able to keep the original mirror intact, and it finally had the intended effect on the room; it felt larger and much more spacious overall.
So, if you’re looking around your own 90s-covered bathroom and wondering if those outdated tiles and too-blue colors will ever get a facelift, now’s your chance! Take a cue from these two project transformations, and you’re sure to have a bathroom with style that will take you well into the next decade and beyond.