I recently got a call from a friend. He and his wife are planning to put their house on the market soon, and are sprucing it up to get it ready to sell. It’s a beautiful, unique builder’s home, situated high on a hill with an incredible view. But the home was built in the 1980s, and some features have never been updated.
Their concern right now is the master bath. It’s a lovely space with skylights, lots of mirrors, and a garden tub. It has “good bones.” But the cabinets and countertop are mauve-colored laminate.
In case you don’t know what “mauve” is (and trust me, you are not the only one), consider this definition from Wikipedia: “Mauve (rhymes with “stove”) is a pale lavender-lilac color, one of many in the range of purples. Mauve is more grey and more blue than a pale tint of magenta would be… Sometimes mauve can be considered a dirty pink or a shade of purple. Mauve can also be described as pale violet.”
Well thanks, Wikipedia — that really clears things up.
I think “grayish pink” actually comes closest in this case. Mauve was a very popular color for decorating in the 1980s, particularly in business offices and dentist’s waiting rooms, and especially when combined with gray or teal. (Did I mention that this bathroom has a gray tub and sinks?) When my friends first bought the house, the same charming mauve laminate was also on all the kitchen cabinets and the dining room built-ins! Mauve overload! Luckily all of that was replaced early on.
My friends want to bring their bathroom into this millenium, but without spending a lot of money on it — just enough to make the bath a selling feature rather than a liability. So they asked for my assistance in envisioning what a coat of paint over the laminate, a new solid surface countertop with vessel sinks, and new carpeting could do for the space. CastleView 3D to the rescue!
After measuring the space and taking photos, I created a 3D model of their bath using Chief Architect. I added the vessel sinks and Corian countertop they wanted, “painted” the mauve laminate cabinets a neutral shade of ivory, and put in a new carpet. The raytraced images below show how much these small changes will improve and enhance their bath. Goodbye, mauve!