Case in point: Check out this before and after we found here in a Flickr set titled Morningside Renovation. Filled with colour, architectural details and some great examples of DIY, we like the overall improvement to their bathroom.
The new bathroom colours work better with the rest of the home, and creates a feel of spaciousness the darker previous version lacked. The curtain around the sink is a good idea for hiding unsightly piping (though we'd much prefer they replace it with a pedestal sink or lower the curtain line a bit lower to expose more of the top part of the sink), and the new faucet hardware matches nicely with the mirror above.
Oh yeah, and they seemed to have removed the carpeted toilet seat cover too. No wonder it looks so much better!