9 Design Makeover Ideas for Your 90s Bathroom

Are you tired of the dated look of your master bathroom? The good news is that a bathroom renovation project with Che Bella Interiors Design + Remodeling is a great way to transform your space from drab to fab.

In fact, there are quite a few changes you can make to improve the overall aesthetic of the space and create a modern oasis. From selecting a new paint color to eliminating those half walls that were common before the 2000s, our team has plenty of options for creating a beautiful, functional bathroom.

Here are a few of our best design makeover ideas to help transform the look of your 90s bathroom.

1. Replace the Tile

If your master bathroom contains the original tile from the 90s, then it is probably a good idea to go ahead and replace it as part of your remodel project. Cracked or chipped tiles can lead to leaks, which then creates water damage. Not to mention that patterns and prints back then likely look dated by today’s standards. Whether you want something sleek and timeless like white subway tile or a fun retro pattern in a bold color, there are plenty of options to upgrade the look of your bathroom.

2. Update Window Coverings

When it comes to home remodeling in Minneapolis, most homeowners forget the role that window shades and blinds play in the process. Even in a bathroom, it’s important to make sure you have the right options for the size of the space, amount of direct light, and humidity level. You don’t want curtains, for example, in the same room as a hot steaming shower.

3. Select New Lighting

Most interior designers in the Twin Cities will tell you that selecting new lighting can make a huge difference when it comes to the overall look and feel of your space. Plus, any woman who has tried to put makeup on under fluorescent bulbs will tell you how horrible that experience is. Instead, select lighting fixtures that give you the right glow for bathroom use and offer a design aesthetic that matches the rest of your revamped space.

==> The right lighting choice can make all the difference. See photos of The Bubbly, a basement bathroom renovation in Richfield, MN.

4. Think About Storage Options

One major issue that a lot of homes built in the 80s and 90s have is lack of proper storage space. The good news about making over your master bath is that you have a lot more input in the type and placement of closets, vanities, cabinets, and more. During your renovation, think about what struggles you currently have for storage in the space and talk to your interior designer about options for increasing available room for essentials.

5. Consider Layout Reconfiguration

Depending on how in-depth you want your master bathroom remodel to be, it might be a good option to consider layout reconfiguration. Maybe your space backs up to a guest bedroom closet that’s rarely used that can be worked into the footprint of your remodeled bathroom. Or perhaps you really want a separate water closet with a door, but there wasn’t one before. Don’t be afraid to get creative and brainstorm various options. After all, once the demolition process has started, it isn’t usually much of a big deal to start adding other changes along the way, too.

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==> This stunning Burnsville, MN 90s bathroom remodel is a perfect example of what can be done with just a few subtle tweaks to your bathroom layout. See before photos and learn all about the details behind this project in our Before & After Stories feature.

6. Upgrade Your Showerhead

If you’re wanting to add a bit of luxury to your bathroom remodel, consider upgrading your showerhead. Today’s styles offer multiple heads, steam units, and even built-in Bluetooth speakers with integrated lighting. While you certainly don’t have to get that fancy, adding a new fixture is an easy upgrade that everyone should at least consider.

7. Instant Hot Water

Do you struggle with fighting the rest of the household for who gets to enjoy a hot shower? While you’re renovating your 90s bathroom, consider adding an instant hot water heater. Most compact units can be installed behind the shower for an endless supply of perfectly warm water when you want it. This is a super great option if you’re constantly running out from your main tank or if you just want to add a little extra appeal to your space.

8. Think About Tub or No Tub

Remember in the 90s when adding a giant soaking tub in the middle of your master bathroom was considered normal? These days, that just seems like a giant waste of space to many—especially if you find yourself hardly using it. While having a nice bathtub is certainly better for resale, those who plan on staying put for the next couple decades could opt to forego a tub altogether in lieu of an extra-spacious shower with a seat. Really, this all comes down to personal preference, but it is certainly an option when it comes to remodeling your home.

9. Reface or Repaint Cabinetry

The good part about 90s interior design is that those builder-grade oak cabinets are sturdy. Which means you can often save money on your remodel by painting or refacing them to offer a new look. What is refacing? This refers to adding new doors to the existing bases, which offers a completely new visual style without the added cost.

Let Che Bella Interiors Design + Remodeling Update Your Bathroom

The most important thing to remember when embarking on a bathroom refresh is that you have the control. If there’s something that you feel is important to add, don’t be afraid to speak up. During a full remodel, there’s plenty of options for moving walls, changing fixtures, and more—if you have the budget, of course.

So, where do you start with your master bath renovation project? By contacting Che Bella Interiors Design + Remodeling. We offer a wide range of kitchen and bathroom remodeling services from concept to completion. Let us help you create a stunning master bath that you’ve always dreamed about, handle your basement remodeling project, or even find the right custom furniture in Minneapolis. Call us today to schedule an interior design consultation for your next major renovation.

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