I don’t know why, but for some reason, people like to apply a theme to their bathrooms. The beach theme is consistently popular, perhaps because the bathroom is where water runs. A spa feel or a garden theme are also common directions. No matter how much you love it however, when it comes time to sell your home, potential house buyers might be turned off by your theme. That’s why it makes the most sense that whatever your theme of choice, you tie it into the room via the décor and not the permanent fixtures.
By permanent fixtures, I mean floor tile, wall tile, shower floor tile, faucets, lighting and mirrors. Well, sometimes it’s easy to replace a free hanging wall mirror, but that’s about the only fixture you can change out fairly easily if you go with something themed instead of neutral.
In general, you want to keep all of your fixed components neutral or in the same style of your home overall. For example, if you live in a very traditional house, keep the fixtures traditional. If you live in a contemporary house, keep all of the fixtures contemporary. If you live in a farmhouse, you get the point!
When you’re creating a themed bathroom, it’s better to express the theme in the art, the tissue box, the toiletry holders, the shower curtain hooks, bathroom rugs or through any other bathroom décor, such as baskets and air fresheners. It’s easy enough to change out your cabinet hardware, so you can easily carry your theme through here too. Cute door knobs can add a fun touch of whimsy without costing a lot to replace.
Looking for some theme ideas? There’s the aforementioned beach style. You can incorporate that through towels with shell, marine life, water, palm tree, surfing, flip flop or beach chair motifs. It’s easy enough to find complimentary shower curtains, toothbrush holders, soap dishes, lotion holders and switch plates. You can hang a net on the wall and embedding shells and starfish in it, as in this picture. And don’t forget to indulge your sense of smell with candles in scents such as Surf Spray, Island Escape, Sea Salt, Ocean Lane or Beach Walk.
Similar to the beach theme is the nautical theme. Boats, anchors, stripes, lighthouses or paddles all play well into this motif.
You can install a bookshelf and framed photos and drawings to complement a literary or artsy theme. Add flea market, thrift store or salvaged finds to a vintage theme, perhaps in the form of wooden stands and metal bins. Earthy and calming can mean spa with bamboo or “out in the woods” rustic depending on which shades of greens and blues you use.
Go ahead and enjoy a fun theme throughout your bathroom. But if you’re ever going to want to find house buyers to buy your home quickly, trust me, you will regret using all aqua wall tiles and a shower floor that resembles sand, with water tile vertically laid through your shower faucets. You’ll do best to keep your theme in the décor!
Tracy Kay Griffin is a member of Express Homebuyers Design Team. She was the Series Designer for HGTV’s “Get It Sold,” a Guest Designer for HGTV’s ” My First Place” and the Lead Stager for Washington DC’s premier staging company, Red House Staging & Interiors.
If your bathrooms need more than a cosmetic fix and theme makeover to be ready to attract house buyers, and you don’t have the resources to update them, call Express Homebuyers at (877) 804-5252. We don’t care what the bathrooms look like; we’ll give you a fast and fair offer on your house today.