The ’80s called — they want their bathroom back!

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I recently got a call from a friend.  He and his wife are planning to put their house on the market soon, and are sprucing it up to get it ready to sell.  It’s a beautiful, unique builder’s home, situated high on a hill with an incredible view.  But the home was built in the 1980s, and some features have never been updated.

Their concern right now is the master bath.  It’s a lovely space with skylights, lots of mirrors, and a garden tub.  It has “good bones.”  But the cabinets and countertop are mauve-colored laminate.

In case you don’t know what “mauve” is (and trust me, you are not the only one), consider this definition from Wikipedia:  “Mauve (rhymes with “stove”) is a pale lavender-lilac color, one of many in the range of purples.  Mauve is more grey and more blue than a pale tint of magenta would be… Sometimes mauve can be considered a dirty pink or a shade of purple.  Mauve can also be described as pale violet.”

Well thanks, Wikipedia — that really clears things up.

1980s Mauve Laminate BathroomI think “grayish pink” actually comes closest in this case.  Mauve was a very popular color for decorating in the 1980s, particularly in business offices and dentist’s waiting rooms, and especially when combined with gray or teal.  (Did I mention that this bathroom has a gray tub and sinks?)  When my friends first bought the house, the same charming mauve laminate was also on all the kitchen cabinets and the dining room built-ins!  Mauve overload!  Luckily all of that was replaced early on.

My friends want to bring their bathroom into this millenium, but without spending a lot of money on it — just enough to make the bath a selling feature rather than a liability.  So they asked for my assistance in envisioning what a coat of paint over the laminate, a new solid surface countertop with vessel sinks, and new carpeting could do for the space.  CastleView 3D to the rescue!

After measuring the space and taking photos, I created a 3D model of their bath using Chief Architect.  I added the vessel sinks and Corian countertop they wanted, “painted” the mauve laminate cabinets a neutral shade of ivory, and put in a new carpet.  The raytraced images below show how much these small changes will improve and enhance their bath.  Goodbye, mauve!

3D Rendering of Bathroom Remodel by CastleView 3D

3D Rendering of Bathroom Remodel by CastleView 3D

3D Bathroom Rendering by CastleView3D.com

3D Rendering of Bathroom Remodel by CastleView 3D


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11 responses to “The ’80s called — they want their bathroom back!

  1. FANTASTIC work, as usual!

  2. Once again, NICE work Kathleen. Why would anyone even consider doing a remodel without seeing pictures of what their actual finished project could and would look like before it is ever started. Great Job.

  3. Thanks, guys. It totally bewilders me that people would want to go into a project without images — it’s like walking into it blind! Maybe they just don’t understand that this service is easily available to them?

  4. The 80’s were a fun time…. 🙂

    Nice work Kathleen

  5. Thanks, Chris. I actually have great memories of the 80s — love the music, and big hair is on the way back!

  6. I think I would prefer to leave the big hair in the 80’s.
    I’m perfectly OK with the music staying around 🙂

  7. I had a “nice” yellow tiled bathroom and budget-wise, could not take the tile out, but of course, could change the paint and other backdrop colors. I ended up going out into my garden and looking at the yellow Gerber Daisy flowers ( same shade and hue as the tile) and noted all the natural colors that the yellow was particularly matched with. The result was the lamb’s ear plant (a light grey with darker leaves on the other side). My bathroom walls are now a grey-green (soft) and the sink is glass with a green tint. The yellow looks like something I did on purpose! The garden…an inspiration to us all, as Kathy know:)

  8. That’s such a creative way to approach it, Nan — if it looks good in nature, it’ll probably look good in your decor!

    I wonder if there are mauve things in nature?…………..

  9. I have loved your post. Thank you for sharing your insights. I am usually looking for new suggestions and methods to progress my enterprise.

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