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The Not- Pink Bathroom

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I have installed Crossville Palais Versailles in a bathroom, floor and tub/shower surround.

The bathroom does not have a window. This tile appeared to be very neutral but it looks too pink up on the shower wall. Maybe part of this is the walls are Benjamin Moore Sherwood Tan. What color can I paint to take the pink out of the tile?

- Smallmaria


Hi Smallmaria,

Sometimes I get a question and think, I have answered that one before- which I have, in your case- in this post

 What should you stay away from?  Any paint with a green or blue undertone.  Your tile has a salmon feel to it.  A blue paint will bring out the orange, a green paint will bring out the pink. You want to bring out neither. 

Personally, I would take a piece of your tile and set it on my large 8 1/2 x 11 paint samples, and go through them, looking at samples until one really made the tile look as neutral to you as it did in the showroom. 

I would paint your walls the right shade of white.  (A question I cannot answer without a sample of the tile.)  But honestly, if you want help bad enough that you are willing to mail me a sample of your tile, I will give you specific paint colors.

The paint below is Sherwin Williams China Doll.  It looks good here, but it is too hard to do this over the computer and expect success.  Get sample quarts.  Find a pint that disappears.

Like any other room, have a focal point in your bathroom.  Not the tile, in your case,  but wall decor or accessories.  The right wall decor colors, on a neutral painted wall, will make everything look better.  The wall decor below, with its total absence of pastels, will help your tile to feel neutral, like the neutral colors in it.

(Uttermost- Repose and Field of Dreams) 

Try to make your bathroom not about the tile, and not about the paint color.  Make it about something else- because anyone who looks at that tile for too long, just might see pink...

I love the brown glass in the photo above.  Use browns and accent with black. (not in your paint, in your accessories- when there is a little distance- it can make it look like there is a brown tone to your tile, whenit is right next it in large quantities, like paint color- it shows the pink off)  Make, or find a cool arrangement, with twigs.  Create some movement in the room.  Look at the photo on the top of the post.  If you feel more adventurous than traditional wall decor, consider a collage across your un-mirrored walls- frame a sand dollar that you found at the beach, a wooden initial, add a silhouette drawing of your favorite child.   Neutral colors, sepia tones.   No one will look in your room and think pink.


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I have a bathroom with the same salmon tiles and your advice is helpful for me too. When the walls were painted blue they certainly did make the tiles look more pink so I decided to paint the walls neutral and went with Benjamin Moore Muslim- slight pink undertone - which a colour consultant suggested to make the room feel light and airy. I bought an 18" square paint chip to test the color and it looked good but as soon as the paint went up on the wall it looked like a terrible murky yellow and I couldn't live with it so I had it repainted with a light gray, Benjamin Moore Innushuk - pink undertone, and now it looks like a murky greeny-gray with some yellow and that is with only natural light coming through the window - without any lights on. I can't repaint it for now so I have to make it work and will try the browns and black as you suggested. I should have tested on a larger surface as you recommended - the 18" chip is not big enough.

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

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