2 – 90s Bathroom Before and After Reveals
Remember our previous post on updating your 90s era kitchen? Well, today, we’re tackling another major room in our quest to update the 90s home: the 90s bathroom remodel before and after. After all, 90s style didn’t typically contain itself to one corner of the house. It left its mark everywhere.
Planning and Budgeting your 90s Bathroom Remodel
How much on average does it cost to remodel a bathroom? Bathrooms are usually the smallest spaces in a home and sometimes you can do an easy bathroom update on a budget by simply updating hardware or swapping out your 90s lighting. But, they can also be the most expensive to remodel. Plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, and more all play a role. So it’s a room you absolutely want to plan out before jumping into demo mode. It can be tempting to rip out those decades-old countertops and shower doors. However, you want to make sure you have all the details in place first so you know exactly where to start.
So, without further ado, let’s talk updating the 1990s bathroom. Because chances are, if you don’t have some of these elements in your bathroom, your neighbor most certainly does.
Related: How to Update your 90s Era Kitchen
Nursery Drive Bathroom
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. This 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 Paired with those outdated brown tones was a shade of blue. This similarly made 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 with the finishes that were in place. Instead, it immediately evoked 90s memories. Beyond the color scheme, the room felt like it was too divided. The result was that it 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 showing in detail the room’s potential. The original bathroom had both a tub and shower, double vanity sinks, and a separate toilet nook. So, 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. We also 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, and popular in bathroom remodels.
Oak Ridge Bathroom
Classic 90s-era design choices were apparent in this original bathroom with oversized mirrors above the vanities to start. Of course, mirrors do tend to make spaces feel larger. Yet, because of the paint colors and dark cabinetry, the room surprisingly felt like it was shrunk into itself. The other trend that was stuck in the 90s? Unnecessary steps to the soaking bathtub and glass-surround shower. Instead of opening up the space visually, it 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. Then, we 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. This allowed for a built-in nook for towel storage that was both functional and stylish. The shower was expanded as well to include a convenient bench seat inside.
The tile throughout the space were updated for a more streamlined marbled look to make everything feel cohesive with smooth transitions between each area. We changed the paint to a calming blue/green. (Here is my free guide to choosing paint colors with confidence.)
And finally, we updated the cabinetry and countertops to lighter, more elegant colors. Because of these changes, we were able to keep the original mirror intact. With all of these updates, it finally had the intended effect on the room to feel larger and much more spacious overall.
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. You’re sure to have a bathroom with style that will take you well into the next decade and beyond. For more 90s-era home transformation inspiration check out my post on How to Work with Your Honey Oak Trim.
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