"Neptune’s natural light coming in through the top windows washed the station in baby blue hues."

I am alluding to the "washed with light" part. Does it sound like a legitimate literary expression or merely something a foreigner would write?

Thank you!

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    It's not outrageous. If it's your "style" and not jarringly inconsistent with the rest of the piece then it's OK. – Hot Licks Nov 26 '18 at 12:44
  • What makes this feel awkward to my ears is the double clause (coming in... washed...). Consider rewording it to make it flow better and emphasize the part of the sentence you wish to be most prominent. – Alex Feinman Nov 26 '18 at 19:22

This is an unremarkable use of wash. It derives from the use of the term in watercolor painting: a wash is a layer of color (typically applied across a large area) so highly diluted with water that it is semitransparent.

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    It's certainly used in watercolor painting that way. But you could also use bathe in the OP's sentence, a word I don't believe is used in watercolor painting. So I'm not convinced that's the correct etymological origin of this use of wash. – Peter Shor Nov 26 '18 at 13:06

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