Inexpensive ideas on updating a bath to be more modern?
I've been active in a few other forums, but not this one. So, I don't know if this is better to post here or in Home Dec.
I have a bath (and a half) in an urban loft in San Francisco. It's a second home, but in an area with a lot of new builds and conversions using the latest in modern design. Resale or conversion to a rental is a possibility within a few years. My property is about 17 years old and has some dated elements. I'm thinking of updating the looks, but want to stay on a budget. Structural changes and updates are out of the budget and probably won't gain much in layout or function.
The tile probably is the most dated element; it is a mottled tan and cream ceramic that is on the surround and on the floor. It probalby is also the most expensive thing to replace. The rest of the floors on the main level are natural maple. The odd part of the loft layout is that the main bath is the one accessible off the main living area.
Here are a few photos....
vanity is natural maple shaker, absolute black granite top. Same cabinetry and counters are used in the kitchen and other half bath. Slightly dated (I think?, given the extensive use of lacquer and dark woods in more recent designs) but not exactly the latest example of modern design.
The strong wall color helps detract from the mottled finish of the main tile. This was one change that I made when we moved in seven years ago. Lighter colors actually make the mottled finish stick out more.
Nothing too terrible in terms of elements, which probably has me stymied. I thought about swapping out the surround and floors with an updated tile. Swap out the faucet, and maybe the hardware.