Why redoing your retro-colored bathroom isn't always the best idea
By Leigh Kamping-Carder |July 17, 2014 - 12:59PM
Mustard: great on hotdogs, not so great as a color scheme for your toilet, sink and bathtub. But if you’re selling, particularly with so few apartments on the market, is a more contemporary redo worth the money and hassle?
Quite possibly not, according to the New York Times, which tackled the issue in response to a seller’s question about renovating bathroom fixtures in a “very retro shade of mustard.”
Still, you might want to hold off. Even if replacing a toilet and sink are comparatively easy, the Times says, it’s potentially a major job to swap out your bathtub, considering the retiling and plumbing issues involved.
Also, as we’ve noted before, it’s pretty easy to stage a bathroom to make it look more appealing. Repainting, regrouting tiles, reglazing a tub or sink, getting a new toilet seat, and giving the whole room a thorough scrub can go a long way, and for a lot less cash than replacing the actual fixtures. Also, buy extra fluffy towels (you can take those with you when you move) and a new, matching shower curtain, then add some flowers to the room.
And if all that fails, take a page from thrift stores and call it "vintage."
“The color itself isn’t necessarily a problem,” Rusch tells the Times, “because retro is in.”
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