How long has it been since you updated your restroom? Often neglected during office renovations, an outdated restroom speaks volumes
about the organization that owns it.
“An outdated restroom looks worst on the building owner,
especially in multi-tenant buildings,” notes Jacob Arlein, LEED
AP and Partner at stok, a vertically integrated real estate ser-
vices firm. “It shows the tenant that the building owner doesn’t
necessarily think about these things.”
Don’t let your restrooms reflect poorly on your organization.
Ensure a successful renovation project with these five tips.
5 Tips for
1) Embrace Timeless Aesthetics
Classic design ages well and will still look welcoming and
modern years down the line. Trendy colors can backfire when
the fad fades, notes Robin Menge, Vice President of Commercial
Interiors at GTM Architects. Pair the restroom’s general design
themes with a similar look for corridors or common areas, as a
radically different appearance just for the restrooms can be jarring.
“We stick with more neutral colors unless it’s a product that’s
easily changeable like paint,” Menge says. “The floor tile or coun-
tertop material are typically neutral, and we also try to stick with
neutral colors on toilet partitions. Most of the time we try to do
stainless steel partitions because they’re timeless and also hold up
When the application calls for it, incorporating residential- and
hospitality-inspired design – for example, individual mirrors
above sinks with wall sconces between them rather than one con-
tinuous mirror – gives the space a warm, welcoming feeling.
How your restrooms reflect on your organization – and what to do about it