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The first thing you should know about me is that I don't like the color pink.

There. Now that that's out of the way, I can go on to the subject of my post. I've had some mildew and mold that recurs in my bathroom and G-Dude is going to paint it beginning on Tuesday the 19th. I have to pick a color to paint the walls and the trim.

It's currently off-white, leaning toward the green ever so slightly, with a light green trim. So is my bedroom. Boring, I know. But here's the problem. The previous owner of the house was named Rose. So you can guess what her favorite color was. The sink is outside the tiny bathroom and is, thankfully, white. Country white, but white. Meanwhile, in the tiny bathroom, the floor is tiled in a mixture of pink and white little tile pieces. The toilet is pink (though I put a new seat on and it's bone). And even the tub is pink. Yup. A pink tub. As in Pepto-pink.

So given this set of colors, what color range can I paint the bathroom? Never fear, I'll have Miss E do the final color selection. But I don't know where to start. As I understand things, I shouldn't go too dark in such a tiny space. And no, you may NOT suggest pink as a color. Ack! Ack! I shall cough up a hairball in your general direction if you do.

Frog Out



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Jan. 15th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Remember to use Kilz primer on the mold areas before painting. That will keep it from coming back.

In this case I might go to a dark color, to make the pink fade into the background. My bedroom is a pink/beige, and I have used a dark maroon on furniture and linens. the pink becomes background noise.
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that primer tip! We might also install a fan. It doesn't have one now because there's a window. It depends on whether I can have it on a separate switch from the light.
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
You might like to play around at the Dulux site. Find the colour closest to the existing pink, and it will give you complementary and contrasting shades. You can also paint a virtual room from a selection of styles for each type (living room, bedroom, bathroom, etc.) and try out different shades on the walls, floor etc. to see how they work with each other. I used it when choosing colours for our house and found it very useful.
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
How cool is that! Thanks!
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Well, I see a lot of pink and brown together at the moment. Something in a dark tan to medium brown (not too dark, of course) might work with the pink tub, while simultaneously toning down the pink.
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of toning down the pink. This is the house's second pink tub. The first was moved and reinstalled in the basement apartment. G-Dude experimented on that one and painted it white with a special paint, but it sort of wrecks the surface of the tub. I'd get rid of ALL the fixtures and paint the walls and redo the floor, but I'd rather spend that money on doing another room in bamboo flooring instead. That has been highly successful.
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
I think pink looks quite nice with brown, but that's definitely a dark color.

If you search Google images for 'pink bathroom' you can get some ideas of how different colors look with it.
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
well who knew I could google search on such a bizarre phrase? thanks!
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
And yes, I second the motion on the Kilz primer!
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Another vote for brown (ideally, in the same saturation as the existing pink paint) to neutralize the pink.
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
wow, that's one dark room then, if it's in the same saturation. Hmmmm. Better lighting might be called for. But it's not like I use a mirror in there. And there is a window.
Jan. 15th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Hmm... Maybe you keep the same tone (I mean, balance of red and yellow and blue) in the brown, but you lighten it substantially? (Like a paint chip, where the saturated shade is on one end, and shade-you-want is on the other end...)
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
Lucky for you, paint companies don't believe in mere pink, so may I suggest:

-Strawberry Creme
-Cotton Candy
-Bubble Gum
-Blushing Carnation
-Rose Quartz
-WASP Nipple

Ok, I made that last one up.

(And, so as not to be totally useless, I will third both Kilz primer and brown as a pink-killer)
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
hey! I resemble that last color. But no, none of those will do, it's just another cutesy name for pink. But brown is seeming very possible. It's a farmhouse after all.

Of course, my real dream for this tiny room is to turn it entirely into a garden tub or a double-headed shower stall with a fuzzy glass block wall to the outdoors. Never mind that this plan would involve tearing out a perfectly good brick wall. But I don't fool myself that this is anything more than a dream.
Jan. 15th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
And no, you may NOT suggest pink as a color. Ack! Ack! I shall cough up a hairball in your general direction if you do.

May I suggest fuchia? "Incoming!" *ducks* ;-)

Edited at 2010-01-15 11:33 pm (UTC)
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
Damn, I was going to use that one. Um... heliotrope?
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
This is serious! Serious, I tell you, sirs! You have no idea what it's like to live with a pink bathroom leering at you every day, morning and night. How would you like to hurl in a...oh, never mind.
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
How about a bathroom of all mirrors? Little mirrors that reveal everything...
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
only in your wildest dreams!
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
But see, if you use mirrors then you won't have to decide on a color. You step into the bathroom with, say, a lavender bathrobe on then that will set the color scheme.
Jan. 16th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
you're making the assumption that I own a bathrobe, let alone several in different colors.
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Heliotrope is good. Has a bit more purple to it.
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
I put heliotrope in the purple class, yes, but too much like the kid's room.
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Jan. 16th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
pink and gray do go well together, yes. There's even gray in the floor tiles, so must consider that. I shall have to go looking for samples to paint splotches and see what Miss E thinks of browns and grays. ANYTHING BUT PINK. (Her room has two pink walls, but that's different.)
Jan. 16th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
My first thought (like everyone else, apparently) was brown. If you want to go bold, a dark chocolate brown would probably look really nice. For something less drastic, a beige, light mocha, or sandy color would work, too. After this, you'll definitely have to post pictures of the re-painted room.
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
I love to drive my painter insane. I have a red front door and Miss E picked a strong orange/yellow for trim on some doors in the dining room. At least 7 coats apiece. G-Dude will thrill to the idea of trying to get a dark chocolate brown just right.

I might have to take the door off its hinges to be able to post photos. It's tiny. Needs a fish-eye lens. But yes, shall attempt.
Jan. 16th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Heh. I'm a big fan of dark/bold paint colors. My only request when we decided to buy our own house, meaning we could actually choose our own color scheme, was that I be allowed to paint one room dark purple.

If you can't take a picture of the room, at least take a color of the paint chip for your final color selection!
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
Have you considered lavender?
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
No, because that's the color scheme in the kid's room: purple, lavender, and pink. UGH.
Jan. 16th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
I am also a despiser of pink, and am stuck with a pink bathtub. since everything else about the house was just about perfect for me, I felt one ugly bathtub wasn't enough reason not to buy it.
(A long shower curtain hides it quite nicely, thank you.)

I recently painted the bathroom. A light lilac. (The same thing I used to cover up the Pepto-Bismol pink room with the Degas border. And yes, I did save the dancers.)

In both the case of the pink tub and the Degas dancers, the light lilac color matches well enough and is fairly pleasant. If you went with something like that, then got bath mats/rug-thingies to match, you could take much of the sting out of the pinkness of the tiles.
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
My daughter has that pink/lilac/purple scheme in her room so yes, you're absolutely right that it goes together well. But I think her room is enough. I want something "tougher."
Jan. 16th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
A darker red *might* work.
Or a tan sort of scheme, though that might be boring.

A lot of paint companies' websites have functions where you can "test paint" rooms online. Benjamin Moore will even let you upload pictures of your own (rather than offering sample rooms, which will give you an idea, but not be exact.) I did that before getting my house painted, and it worked out really well.
Jan. 16th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Grey is very 30's with pink. So is a very slightly bluish green--not turquoise, greener than that. But whatever you choose, I'd really go with a really saturated color, even in a small space. Anything pale will make the pink, er, pop.
Jan. 16th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Is that an Erte illustration?
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
No, it's a Vogue cover done by a woman whose name escapes me. bellakara has the full cover up on the first page of her new blog, though, with what information she has.

Edited at 2010-01-16 01:38 pm (UTC)
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
I think I understand that blueish-green. The British paint site recommended above had a 'parrot green' and it looked quite nice. And yes, erm, not looking to pop the pink.
Jan. 16th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
With white and pink? Greens. Creams.
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
that's sort of what's there now, most of it cream, because well, white walls are what every responsible farm woman has. I think this explains why the trim color I had chosen for the bedroom worked in the bathroom as well.
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Jan. 16th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
I allowed my daughter her pink and I'm glad I did because now she's graduating to other colors, though she's our color expert.

I'll add blue-gray to the list of possibles.
Jan. 16th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Depending on your light, you may be able to get away with darker colours. We had a teensy bathroom under the slope of a roof and we painted the lower half of it a dark rust, and the ceiling off-white and it came out brilliant and wasn't too dark at all.

That said, I once had to rescue a room (MY OFFICE! *shudders*!) which was all pink when we moved in. Walls, ceiling, interior of the closet, and yes, the rug. We painted the walls white, and did the trim in a wonderful dark burgundy. The dark colour warmed up the pink to a dusky rose rather than pepto bismol and made the whole room feel warm and homey. It was one of the ones we got the most comments on, and I was able to actually forget the rug was pink.
Jan. 18th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
wow. A pink rug. You have my sympathies.

Well, our first set of splotches on the wall look hideous, so Miss E and I will keep going. The paint chips I chose from Benjamin Moore weren't available in the store's samples. So I tried some alternates, but they're looking pretty yucky. However, Miss E narowed the chips down to just 3 in different shades: deep brown, lighter brown, greens. They all looked fine in daylight. But in artificial light, one strip is standing out as the best. So now I'm trying to do a virtual paint job on their website to check it and see whether I'm painting dark/trim light or the reverse.

Edited at 2010-01-18 12:47 am (UTC)
Jan. 16th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
In your situation, I would go with beige. Pink is hard to fight. I should know. We have a bathroom with bubblegum pink tile walls and salmon pink fixtures. The two pinks haven't stopped fighting yet.
Jan. 18th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
I think you have the clone of my bathroom.
Jan. 18th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Hmm. Well, the 60's was the first decade when we tried to be colorblind. Too bad we only succeeded with bathroom tiles.
Jan. 18th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
Think of how nature pairs pink. Think inside a sea shell (the pink) and then sandy neutrals with maybe a subtle nature inspired texture/print for the fabric items in room. A couple darker objects (toothbrush holder, trim in a rug, etc.) placed in the room can make it look more subdued and sophisticated or some white items can make it more country, even spa like.

I was a Joanne ETC instructor for a short time...
Jan. 18th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
What's Joanne ETC? she asked.

If I were really trying to do something with the room, I like the way you describe the process. In this room, there's nowhere to put any knicknacks or toothbrushes. And my towels are very uncoordinated because I bought them all as Cannon was going out of business in as many colors as I could find. There's one pink toilet, one pink tub, one clear shower curtain with butterflies and pink flowers, one tiled floor in pink/white/beige/gray, shower tiles in pink/white, a window, one towel rack, one TP holder, one litter box, and one large Detecto scale (white).

The sink/vanity is outside the tiny room, thank goodness. It's so tiny that when the previous owner also had a bidet (pink) in there, you couldn't close the door.
Jan. 18th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'd vote for gray - dove-gray as someone suggested, or a charcoal gray. Pink and grays go well together, IMO. Will you be posting photos (or at least one, off-kilter-so-we-can't-recognize-anything-for-privacy's-sake but still see the colors) so we can cheer your results?
Jan. 18th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
I should have added, I have a personal interest in your outcome; I have lived for 16 years now with a half-finished bathroom (the walls half-finished, I mean): one half is that titty-pink 1950s tile, the other half our chosen white with touches of dark marbled green. I am so despairing of ever affording a workman to come finish it that I'm considering just *painting* over the pink nightmare...I'll be vary interested in how you deal with your allotment of pink.
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