Scary Bathrooms Vol. 3: Attack of the Green Bathrooms!Sep 27, 2022
Improving Ugly Green Bathrooms, Blue Bathtubs & Red Wallpaper one project at a time.
Bathroom color trends come and go, but some should stay away longer than others. Avocado green had its heyday in the 1970s, but isn’t a great fit for modern bathrooms – especially in large quantities.
In our third annual “scary bathrooms” roundup, past bad color choices made several appearances, along with the moldy tile and water-damaged surrounds we see so often in dated bathrooms. Thankfully, these problems were no match for Improveit’s design and installation teams! Read on to see some impressive before-and-afters – and check out our Scary Bathrooms Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 collections too!
Better Bathroom Color Choices
Ready to redesign the blue, red, pink, or green bathrooms in your home? These resources can help!
Goodbye, Ugly Green Bathtub!
Susan Amrine specifically called out a color catastrophe when reviewing her 5-star experience with Improveit. “Not for one minute have I missed my ugly green bathtub!! So glad they hauled it out of my sight!” she laughed. The Amrine’s Lancaster, OH home was built in 1973, which explains the avocado green bathtub – but is no excuse for the mistmatched green tile in this bad bathroom design.
Working with an Improveit design consultant, Susan and her husband Don chose a tub-to-shower conversion for their much-needed bathroom update. The green bathtub and green tile walls were removed entirely and replaced with an almond shower base and sleek stone-effect walls accented with a diamond tile pattern. The couple chose additional matching design features, including corner shower caddies, a soap dish, and a bench seat, as well as complementary grab bars, shower fixtures, and curtain rod in brushed nickel. The results are stunning!
“My new shower is beautiful and safe. I love the grab bars. They are much higher quality than I have seen in other stores. The installer was always prompt in arriving, his work was fast and I have yet to find any flaws or mistakes. Not for one minute have I missed my ugly green bathtub!! So glad that they hauled out of my sight.”
Susan A. – Lancaster, OH
Green Bathroom Gone Bad
Another home built in the 70s, and another green bathroom to go with it. (Are you sensing a trend?) Unfortunately, this bathroom was damaged to the point that the homeowner was using it for storage instead of showering. This is a common occurrence among older bathrooms, especially when outfitted with tile. Over time, porous tile is overcome by moisture, which creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which is evident from these photos.
Improveit’s installation team gave this 1970s shower a modern facelift. After removing all the old water-damaged tile, drywall, and insulation, the team replaced it with brand new, clean materials, and finished the space with the homeowner’s choice of an almond shower base and smooth Bianco Travertine walls. A matching corner caddy and window kit, and complementary brushed nickel grab bars and fixtures finish the space. A beautiful combination!
A Bathtub that Gave us the Blues
Believe it or not, the popularity of blue bathrooms predates avocado green. This rural Kentucky home was built in the late 1940s when blue bathtubs and fixtures gained popularity. While the steel tub was still in good condition, the homeowners were ready for a change – and a big one at that!
The blue bathtub was replaced with a sleek white tub, and the walls repaired and finished with hexagon tile walls featuring our Othello black grout option. Black matte fixtures and a curved shower rod left the bathroom with a clean, modern aesthetic, and no more 1940s fixtures.
“The finished product is amazing. It has totally transformed our bathroom. The product and fixtures are upscale and blend with the remainder of the bathroom. The representative helped us select the colors and patterns, and reviewed the process. The installers were awesome. They knew what they were doing and cleaned up when they finished. They were friendly and took the time to do it right. Very professional.”
Chuck D. – Kettering, OH
Red Bathroom Redesign
At more than a century old, this well-cared for home has seen its fair share of color and design trends. It’s hard to say when the bold red floral wallpaper was added to the bathroom, but removing it was the focus of a recent update that also included changing the shower layout.
With a wheelchair user in the home, the family worked with their Improveit designer to reorient the shower along the back wall, allowing for an extra-large 60-by-36-inch shower base with plenty of room to maneuver. Along with these layout changes came design choices that refreshed the space. White walls from our Grayline collection feature a large-format tile look to match the white shower base and window trim. A white shower niche provides plenty of room for shampoo bottles and other shower needs, and a hand-held showerhead makes bathing easy.
Green Bathrooms, Begone
If these blue, red, and green bathrooms look similar to what’s in your home, it’s probably time for an update. The Improveit team can help. We’ve seen every shade of pink, yellow, blue, and green bathtub out there – they don’t scare us!
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