What do you do when you see one of THOSE bathrooms along the Main Line? You know the ones, they date from the 50's and 60's, they are well tiled, but the colors? What were they thinking? Even if you choose a retro look, most people want black and white, not grey and pink, or yellow and turquoise, or pink and turquoise. There are other combinations as well, some work better than others, what horrendous color choices have you seen? They can be so embarrasing that you just don't want people to even use them if they come over.
Some color combinations are usable, yellow and black, for example, but if you just can't accept the colors you got in that Main Line home that meets every other item on your wish list, and you don't have the funds to remodel the bathroom in question an easy fix might be to re-glaze the tiles and the bath.
We actually had a situation like this in our home, the hall bath was blue, and turquoise, most of it as we had boys we could live with, but the bath itself, was just too much. So we re-glazed the bath, it took one day and some time to dry, but that white bath worked a treat. When the kids all moved out we re-tiled with some subway white tiles and repainted the room, not quite a complete remodel but workable.
You can re-glaze tiles as well as a bath, some points to consider though are, the glazing will chip, and when you glaze tiles they glaze the grout as well, so make sure it is all in good condition before you start. One of the things that make this such a good choice is that these old bathrooms were just done so well, the tiles and floors were laid in such a fashion that there are few if any complaints if they are in good condition.
A cheaper alternative to a complete bathroom remodel and if you change up the vanity and the toilet, most people would not know you chose a cut rate method to update the look. A few tastefully chosen towels and other accessories and you will have a bathroom that you won't mind people using.