Updating a Pink Bathroom

My friend Carrie bought a wonderful 60’s era home in Nashville just last year.  She has been slowing transforming the space with paint and furniture as her budget allows.  Now she is facing a big challenge: one of the bathrooms is decked out in that quintessential soft pink tile from the 60’s.  She can’t afford to tackle a complete renovation at the moment, so she is asking for a little bargain decorating advice.

Cool grays off set sweet pink for a major bathroom modernization. All items from West Elm.

#1 Play up the pink.  Yes, it’s opposite to what one might be inclined to do, but there is no getting around this dominant hue.  Those retro tiles can be so fun and look great if you make the right decisions when it comes to adding wall color.  I suggest that Carrie paint the upper portion of the walls with white paint with just the slightest kiss of blushy pink, like Sherwin Williams‘ Pink Viburnum. Make sure to ask for mildew resistant paint from the mixer.

#2 Temper the pink with a nice neutral.  To keep the bathroom from being girly, I think painting out the white vanity in a deep steely gray is the way to go.  Try Sherwin Williams’ Rock Bottom in a high gloss finish to add a touch of shine.  Add a patterned bath rug and towels to match.

#3 Make a big statement with your shower curtain.  The large horizontal stripe curtain in the photo above is from West Elm and comes in Feather Gray.

#4 Change out the dated light fixtures and hardware for something clean and modern. Like the Flat Stock Lighting and Textured Nickle Hardware from West Elm.

#5 Choose art work wisely.  Don’t opt for anything even hinting at precious.  Look for a graphic, cheeky print to add a little attitude to the space.  Like these from Etsy:

Messy Hair by funnelcloud. Let's Get it On by Linocutboy. Beard by nikimilns.

Thanks to House Beautiful for dedicating the entire March issue to the amazing qualities of the color pink and all of its glorious shades.  I’m grateful for the design validation!

House Beautiful March 2011.

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