9 Signs it's time to update your bathroom

Has your washroom worn out its welcome? Looking outdated? Maybe it's time to bring it to life and update one of the rooms you use everyday but never think of that much.

Not camera friendly

“It’s weird how a picture can show what you can’t see with your own eyes,” says Angela Hurd of Short Story Renovations.

She recommends photographing your own bathroom. People can become blind to the discord that goes unseen. From a mismatched color to a cluttered counter.

Outdated colors

A funky color scheme can be one of the most noticeable signs that it's time for a change. Whites, grays, and black palettes will add an element of timeless elegance to any space.

The current trend has people coming back to “that white, timeless look, be it a very modern-style white or something with a little more traditional flare.”

Confusing layout

An awkward bathroom layout is another sign that it’s time for an update. Odd arrangements, such as a toilet directly next to the bathtub, have been typical in bungalow style homes and houses built in the 1920s thru 1940s, when plumbing was a new phenomenon.

A possible idea is installing a separate water closet. It can give a sense of refinement to the room when the toilet isn’t sitting out in the middle of the room.

It smells like a bathroom?

By replacing a toilet’s wax seal, fixing that persistent sink leak that is building up mold, or adding a better ventilation system to a windowless bathroom can all be smart fixes for a "fresher" experience.

Leaks

When brown water stains appear on the ceiling below the bathroom, it’s most certainly time to make repairs and update. Take the opportunity to put in modern fixtures that can conserve water and condone to your style.

Poor lighting

If you’re either squinting cause of the brightness by your lights that are overhead or it’s so dim you can barely find yourself in the mirror, that’s an issue. Better light fixtures and brighter light bulbs may be the first step on your path to a simple bathroom redo.

Styles from the past

If you have wallpaper or popcorn ceilings still hanging around from decades past, update your bathroom immediately.

Wallpaper is making a comeback, so think about trying it in a new way.

Low storage capacity

Can’t store all the things you need in the bathroom? It's time for action!

Install that larger vanity or add small shelves above the toilet. You could even knock out a wall and steal a little space from another room to create a linen closet.

Moving on

If you’re not interested in fixing up your bathroom for yourself, do it for your home’s next tenants. A fancy new washroom can add just the right "it factor" to put you over the top to potential buyers.