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The Best Paint Colours to Update a PINK or Dusty Rose Room

Posted on January 3, 2017 by KylieMawdsley


Paint Colours to Update Pink or Dusty Rose Carpet

Carpet, countertop, tile, fixtures, toilet, tub, flooring, furniture

If you’re reading this blog post, then it’s quite likely that you have something pink in your home that you are DESPERATELY wanting to update. Or maybe you just like to hang out with me. Either way, this is a HOT topic that you’ll want to stick around for!

Paint colours to update a pink bathroom and countertop

In a previous blog post, I talked about how you can update pink or dusty rose with decor and artwork. That was the FUN stuff. Today, we’re gettin’ down n’ dirty and will be working on the FOUNDATION of your room – your walls.

The Best Neutral Paint Colours to Camouflage Pink

When choosing a paint colour to calm down your ‘pink thing’, you need to think neutral. Neutrals are colours such as black, white, gray, charcoal, and brown. Notice that I didn’t include beige in the mix. Beige is a tough one as it can look a bit unhealthy with pink as it’s often too warm-toned (yellow/orange) to complement the specific needs of pink.

Now if you LOVE your pink room, then this info STILL applies as these are paint colours that will complement without contrasting. Let’s leave the contrasting to the accents and decor.

Pink and Brown

Brown can look gorgeous with pink or dusty rose, but it has to be the RIGHT brown. Browns that are MORE warm-toned, in other words, browns that have a strong yellow or orange undertone can look pretty darned fugly when paired with pink – I call these ‘fudgy browns’, which is super technical. I mean, I suppose these warm browns can give a slightly more vintage vibe, but we’re trying to UPDATE things here people, not back-date them.

A few good browns

The best brown paint colours to update pink or dusty rose bathroom or kitchen countertop. KYlie M E-design

Pink & Taupe (or some grays)

Taupe is undoubtedly THE best paint colours to update pink. However, you have to be careful with gray and taupe/greige colours as they often have sneaky undertones like green, blue, and yellow, which can be pretty bad when paired with pink.

The key is to find a nice WARM gray or taupe that’s a bit more subtle in its approach and if anything, has a slightly noticeable violet-pink undertone, such as Benjamin Moore Pale Oak. If you go AGAINST your pink-toned item and opt for an opposite like green or blue (undertones or actual COLOURS) you risk highlighting your pink, making it look stronger. 

A few good light grays and taupes

Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist

Sherwin Williams Popular Gray

Pink & Black or Dark Charcoal Gray

Black or DARK gray looks amazing with pink when used as an accent. It would be too overwhelming to use as a majority colour in your room (like the walls), so consider it in smaller touches like picture frames, trim, doors, and other decorative details (or maybe a feature wall!).

A few good blacks and grays

The best black and dark gray charcoal paint colours to update dusty rose or pink. Kylie M E-design

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Of the above, I have to say that navy, either natural or softened with gray, is one of my FAVOURITE ways to work with pink. There’s something classic and crisp about it that makes it appear more modern, timeless and dare I say – cool!

Now, of course, there’s a lot more to consider other than pink, things like exposure, flooring, furnishings and personal tastes, but hopefully, these ideas get you well on your way to YOUR perfect paint colour!

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  1. I have Chelsea Gray in my master BR, and pinky/taupe accent tile and Oak cabinets in my bathroom. What paint color would work best with both elements? Tranquil greens look a little muddy, should I be looking for periwinkle/violet undertones? Thanks!

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      Hi Hope, thank you for asking! I actually have an e-design business just for questions like yours – otherwise, I’m guessing as to what your home REALLY looks like – how pink is the taupe, what’s the lighting like, etc… I do try to give as much complimentary, helpful info on my blog as possible, and if that doesn’t work, it just might be time for me to take a look! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/

  2. What a ridiculous article. This did not help at all. And I have pink tile, lots of it. I don’t want it to look MORE pink, I want it to be less dramatic. Good grief, these colors will have it looking like a pastel nightmare. And using that stupid term “fugly” or whatever it was is just insulting.

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  3. I wonder if Whitall brown would look good with travertine with a pink essence to it. Love your blog by the way!

    P.S. One would assume the commenter before me may have a fugly personality and one should ignore that said comment completely.

  4. Thanks for the suggestions of a few different colours to check out; glad you tipped us off to avoid beiges. I actually despise the dusty rose carpeting but only because it brings up memories of my childhood room . . . lol. Sadly, this new-to-us house needs a tonne of work and the carpet is probably the only thing in like-new condition: darnit.

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