What goes with a mauve bathroom
At least I think the correct name for the color is mauve! My new place has a hideous color scheme for the master bathroom where I'm convinced that they bought cast off features from one of the casinos in town. So I'd like to decorate and get new towels for it, but I'm stumped on how to make the mauve (and the 70s gold flecked shower tiles) work. Any ideas on how to find colors which actually compliment it? And how have other Craftistas handled livinging in a place where some of the design choices set your teeth on edge?
05-12-2004 06:19 PM
I used to do office interiors as a space planner. Had to select color schemes and sometimes work with inherited colors or pieces yet still modernize. It is tough.
But, there's hope! When you say mauve, do you mean the plumbing fixtures like the toilet, sink and tub are mauve? That's more difficult than if the cabinetry or wallpaper are mauve. And the gold flecked tile, is that gold flecked mauve, or do you have another background color to use?
I hate carpeting in bathrooms, but there are some beautiful carpet tiles that you can use to moderate the tone of the mauve. Say a cool gray with dots of half navy and half mauve: you could use navy or gray accents and paint and accessories to change the effect.
Could also go with a heavy tropical feel, lush multi-tonal greens with a few large pinkish blossoms that have a hint of mauve. Think rugs and towels and shower curtains, but also wastebasket and toothbrushes and catch-alls of green and tropical feel.
More traditional looking could be keeping the somewhat warmish tones evident in the mauve (despite the blue in it, the red is warming...) and the gold flecks. Then perhaps rich chocolatey browns would work best.
Whatever you choose, if you really want to downplay the mauve, you'll have to overwhelm with another color. Either in huge amounts or in vibrancy.
Eeek. How unfortunate.
I really don't have any advice on colors or how to make it look classy (if that is what you are going for?) as my usual way of dealing with ugly rented interiors is to work with it and go totally over the top with a theme. If you think it looks like an old casino bathroom, maybe go with that and make it a shrine to the Vegas of the past?
Personally, if I had a mauve and gold-flecked bathroom I would make it into a shrine dedicated to the Golden Girls...
Originally Posted by anmeikitty
LOL! That one has me cracking up at work.
too funny! you need banana plant print wallpaper then :)
Originally Posted by anmeikitty
Can you post a photo so we could give suggestions? my mom has a bathroom with sort of pinkish tan sink and tub and we painted the walls what we thought was cream, but it's a pinkish color, and actually it oddly goes with the bathtub...she had the sink replaced.
there was a "make over my blah room" special on oprah and someone had a GOLD bathroom, i.e. someone in the 70's thought they were pimping out their bathroom and this poor girl is stuck with it...
I had mauve couches and i found that the color that complemented it the most was an ivory or a cream. You could just use the gold for the accent by getting a few pieces in gold
You can go mod/elegant:Brown/ Khaki/Cream(slight butter tone)/Mauve
Garish but attractive:Mauve/Plum/Berry
Old School:Mauve,Brick Red,Lipstick Pink
Yeah, I'm thinking either a sand color, or a light gray
I'm with anmeikitty... grab the mauve bull by its golden horns and just go for it!! A lot of times you can find tacky/fabulous vintage bathroom accessories in sort of a clear plastic with gold glitter suspended in it, perhaps those might work?
Deborah the Craft's color schemes are nice too, but with GOLD in the picture it might be hard to class up the joint.