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Bathroom Designs Potential Buyers Avoid

Posted by Daltile Team on Jun 1, 2017 5:37:49 PM

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The bathroom is one of the most important features on the potential home buyer’s list. In fact, a great bathroom can get a bit more out of the selling price for you. On the other hand, there are some features in the bathroom that have become turnoffs for potential buyers. Avoid these to attract buyers and get the best price.

Subway Tile

It’s a classic that will never be out of place, but some buyers are a bit fatigued by how commonly its used. They want something a bit more unique that suits their personality. Instead, they are looking for large-format tile or interesting mosaics. Both the floor and the wall are game for either large tile or mosaics and are available in stone, stone-look, wood-look, and durable porcelain.

All White or Minimalist

A completely white bathroom is a canvas of possibilities. But it’s also hard to keep clean. Potential home owners are steering clear of it in favor of crisp, clean looks that are a little easier to care for. Speaking of crisp design, minimalism has been a favorite for a long time but if it’s too clean-lined, that might mean there isn’t enough storage. Bottom line, potential home buyers are looking for functionality.

Vanity Issues

The bathroom vanity can be a turnoff for buyers for several reasons. Dual sinks have fallen out of vogue in favor of more counter space. Acrylic faucet knobs, especially the crystal looking ones are a big no-no. Vanity strip, bare bulb lighting is dated. Choose some stylish lighting fixtures and don’t forget to provide different types of lighting aimed for general ambience, specific tasks, and decorative or mood.


You may have achieved your dream bathroom color scheme, but unless it’s pretty neutral, nobody else will like it. They might even dislike the whole house because of it. Keep color schemes under control by using the 70-20-10 rule. Use a simple neutral color over 70% of the room with 20% in a contrasting color and 10% in something bright or otherwise interesting as an accent color.

Steer clear of these outdated, tired, or overdone designs in the bathroom and make your bathroom something that potential buyers will remember.

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