What should I do with this pink bathroom in my new Highland home?

Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 8:54pm.

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Help!  What should I do with this stunning pink bathroom in my new Highlands home?  I am closing on a bungalow this Friday in Berkeley Highlands.  It needs updating throughout and almost all of what I need to do is a no-brainer.  But when it comes to this bathroom, I am a bit stumped. 

I can't say that I am a fan of pink.  This bathroom looks like Barbie puked.  But the tile is in perfect shape and it looks like it is brand new.  And every time I tell people about it and show them pictures, I get the greatest reactions.  Half the people say rip it out and start new, they can't imagine I am contemplating keeping it.  And the other half think it would be the world's greatest sin to tear it out, they think it is the greatest bathroom of all time.

So now I am asking you, what do you think?  Should we dress it up, give it an upgraded mid mod feel and see how it turns out?  Or should we just rip it out and start over?  I would love to hear your opinions, thoughts and ideas on how to transform this space.  Let your inner HGTV persona take over and give me your best plans.  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with and thank you in advance.

P.S. - There is matching pink and burgandy tile in perfect shape under the carpet.  Would you expect anything else?


5 Responses to "What should I do with this pink bathroom in my new Highland home?"

jana miller wrote: As someone who has been renovating her house top to bottom for 2.5 years, living in dust, debris, clutter and a mile-long punch list, I think I can give you some good advice! Keep it for now. Dress it up without spending a lot of money. Rip up that carpet. Get rid of the obvious like the curtain, cabinet handles and that light. Minimize the palette with neutral shower curtain and towels. Minimize accessories. Live with the high-quality, vintage, clean, pink bathroom while you do the other 'no brainer' stuff. Concentrate on your other projects and make them what you want. Then, decide if you love pink mid-mod or hate it. But give yourself a little time before you take on the huge expense and effort of a new bath. Meantime, those super clean 50s bathrooms don't come along that often so enjoy it.

Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 8:35am.

Vicki Manton wrote: That pink and black Art deco look was very Big. My client left the
pink ceramic tiles. Did Black anb white tiles in opposite pattern, The
walls went GRAY - MEDIUM NOT LIGHT GRAY. SHE PUT A VERY light shower
curtain- fabric with liner -and a very subtle pattern white on white
to match the tub. The curtain covers most of the PINK. White
toilet-sink. It was great. Most of pink tiles didnt show.Pewter
fixtures on sink and light fixture.

Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 11:19am.

Joline Bernardini wrote: I would have to see it in person ...when's the Housewarming party?

Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 11:56am.

Mic Ortega wrote: Thanks everyone for the suggestions via this blog, email and in person. All but one person I spoke with said keep the pink. Most people suggested either painting the walls a medium gray or chocolate brown and updating the lighting. We ended up doing a medium gray with a light gray and white shower curtain with dark gray bathmats. Next step is finding a great new light for it. We actually are really liking the bathroom now, so have a feeling it will be hanging around for awhile.

Posted on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 at 11:35am.

chris wrote: Hi, do you have pictures after the painting of the walls. Would be great if you can post those as i need to upgrade my "pink" tiled bathroom as well. thanks,

Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 7:14am.

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