You have just installed gorgeous new pink ceramic tiles in your kitchen. The problem is that the pink looked attractive on one tile, but on an entire floor the pink packs a bigger punch than you anticipated. This is a common problem, as more really is more where color is concerned, and the more area you are covering -- whether it is a tile floor or a painted wall -- the stronger the impact will be. Thankfully, there are some remedies short of ripping out the tiles that can minimize the effect of the pink; the key is to overpower the pink or to reduce contrasts.
Pink is a pretty strong color, but it is truly a pastel color composed of red and a lot of white. Very intense colors such as ruby, violet, orange and chartreuse, will take attention away from the pink and draw it towards the more saturated colors. Metallic colors, now available for walls in easily applied paints for the home, applied to an accent wall, will be eye catching. For a harmonious blend with the pink, stick with colors in the red family, like crimson, maroon or cerise.
If you want softer harmonies without loud colors, matching the value (how light or dark the pink is) will attenuate the pink. Value matching is not as effective as using bolder colors but produces a less intense color palette. Since the pink has white in it by definition, you need to stick to pastels. Periwinkle or mauve are in the pink color range and can harmonize with the pink. Try to match the value as close as possible. For a deeper, darker pink, use a corresponding darker pastel. For brighter, lighter pinks, go for high value pastels that approach white.
Although a little counter intuitive, adding more pink to the room will reduce the impact of the pink in the floor. Adding more pink is not a good solution if you are trying to avoid pink entirely but can work if reducing the impact of the floor is your main objective. Pink walls or accents will take the eyes from the floor and place them elsewhere. You can use different brightnesses of pink to add variety.
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