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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.
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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?
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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.
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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."
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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?
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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.
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