28 vintage pink bathrooms: See some wild bubblegum-era midcentury home decor of the 1950s & 1960s

Rose bathroom suite with red accents (1958)

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While not exclusively the domain of the fifties, the popularity of rosy bathrooms — especially when it included pink sinks, toilets and bathtubs — certainly reached its peak during the middle of the century.

The fascination with the gentle, rose-tinted hue hasn’t been fully explained, but several theories have been offered.

Save the Pink Bathrooms suggests both post-war cheeriness — particularly after so many years of drab shades — and mentions the influence of former first lady Mamie Eisenhower, for whom the color “Mamie Pink” was named.

Are vintage pink bathrooms making a comeback?

And here’s a twist! The vintage pastel bathroom looks to be making a comeback. Kohler — the well-established bathroom products company — is marking its 150th anniversary by revisiting two of its heritage colors from the past: Spring Green (from 1927), and Peachblow (from 1934). While Peachblow is not quite pink and not quite 50s, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen anything remotely close to even this much pink-ish hue for bathroom sinks and toilets!

Kohler’s decision comes after the brand witnessed an overwhelming response of over 100,000 votes favoring the return of these vintage hues. It seems the world is once again weary of a relentlessly neutral palette. The limited-edition release is scheduled for 2023, but given the excitement about this offering, can we hope for perhaps a longer production run and even more color options?


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1. Vintage pink bathroom with double-sink island

Vintage pink bathrooms A thoroughly feminine midcentury bathroom suite (1957)

We wonder if basic vanity wasn’t a big motive with the pink fad, as the color is considered flattering to many complexions.

As interior decorator Mary T Luscher told the Cedar Rapids Gazette in 1953, “I never suggest light blue because it’s a cold color. Yellow makes most women look sallow. And light green is a combination of blue and yellow.

“But pink is a wonder color… It’ll remind you how nice it is to be feminine — just like wearing a lacy slip under a tailored suit.”

2. Bubblegum-pink wall tiles in a rosy retro bathroom (1958)

The bathroom plumbing fixtures are white, but the thousand pink tiles still dominate this restroom

Retro pink fifties bathroom (1958)

3. A mid-century pink tiled bathroom from the sixties

American Olean pink tile bathroom 1962

4. Pink plumbing fixtures plus black & white damask vintage bathroom decor (1960)

Pink plumbing fixtures and black and white damask vintage bathroom decor (1960)

5. Pink, red, and flowers everywhere in this retro restroom

Many shades of pink in this 1950s bathroom (1956)

6. An old-fashioned ’50s bathroom for kids

This room has pink and white striped sink area, and there’s a big pastel circus mural on the wall.

Pink children's bathroom from 1956

7. Pink marble-effect Formica bathroom decor

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Pink marble-effect Formica bathroom decor

8. Vintage pink bathrooms: A thoroughly feminine midcentury suite (1957)

Vintage pink feminine midcentury bathroom suite (1958)

9. A pink sink and tile offset the gray bathtub and flooring

Vintage pink American Standard bathroom (1956)

10. Pink bathroom fixtures with yellow decor

Pink bathroom fixtures with yellow decor (1952)

11. An old-fashioned pink and grey bathroom (1951)

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An old-fashioned pink and grey bathroom (1951)

12. Vintage dark pink bathroom with grey accents and thistle motif (1954)

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Vintage dark pink bathroom with grey accents and thistle motif (1954)


13. Pink bathroom with blue sinks, bath & toilet (1953)

Pink bathroom with blue fixtures from 1953 - American Standard

14. Retro ’50s pink bathroom with blue fixtures

Vintage pink bathrooms from the 1950s (2)

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15. A rosy corner bathtub with matching sink and commode, accented with green

A rosy corner bathtub with matching sink and commode, accented with kelly green (1957)

16. Pink and blue retro ’50s bathroom

This bathroom had pink wall tiles — plus a pink, white and blue mosaic floor — that would greet the lady of the house each morning.

1955 New ideas in tile by American Olean Tile Company

17. Pink and red retro bathroom decor (1957)

Pink and red retro bathroom decor (1957)

18. Pink, white & black flooring with blue fixtures

The floor is so striking in both color and the basketweave pattern, it almost looks like an optical illusion. The blue sink and tub are interesting choices.

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Pink white black retro flooring from the 1950s

19. A nosy friend checking out Nancy’s new pink and blue bathroom decor (1958)

Pink and blue bathroom decor (1958)

20. Fanciful pink & navy blue bathroom decor (1949)

Yeah, there’s a lot going on in this loo decor from the late ’40s.

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Fanciful pink and navy blue bathroom decor (1949)

21. Retro pink bathrooms: White sinks, inset in pale pink angled cabinetry (1955)

Retro pink bathrooms White sinks, inset in pale pink angled cabinetry (1955)

22. Vintage pink bathrooms: Montgomery Ward bathroom suites (1961)

Vintage pink bathrooms Montgomery Ward bathroom suites 1961

23. Retro bathroom style with decorative rectangular wall tiles (1959)

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Retro bathroom style with decorative rectangular wall tiles (1959)

24. Vintage 1950s tiled bathroom design in cream and pink

Vintage 1950s tile bathroom design in gray and pink

25. A perfectly pink dressing table for her, with just a touch of red (1958)

Rose bathroom suite with red accents (1958)

26. Carpeted vintage pink bathroom in the Los Angeles mansion home of Mrs Alfred Mathes (1964)

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Vintage pink bathroom decor from 1964 - Los Angeles mansion home of Mrs Alfred Mathes in Life

27. Vintage pink bathrooms, celebrity-style: Jayne Mansfield’s restroom in Holmby Hills, California

Here’s the beautiful model-actress Jayne Mansfield (and mother of Mariska Hargitay) stepping into her heart-shaped bathtub inside her “Pink Palace” home. (Now don’t you want to put up shag carpeting on your walls, too?)

Vintage pink bathrooms - Jayne Mansfield

28. Vintage pink bathroom from the sixties with pink marble-clad bathtub (1968)

Vintage pink bathroom from the sixties with pink marble-clad bathtub (1968)

29. Bright pink paisley patterned sixties bathroom decor (1969)

Finally, from the very end of the ’60s comes this all-paisley all-the-time decor with super-colorful wallpaper on nearly every surface… including the ceiling

Bright pink paisley patterned sixties bathroom decor (1969)

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Why pink bathrooms? Top actress Greer Garson’s vintage pink bathrooms – and rosy home (1955)

By Louella O Parsons, Motion Picture Editor, International News Service, as published in the San Francisco Examiner – February 6, 1955

THE SURPRISE of this early new year is the thousands of dollars that conservative, thrifty Greer Garson spent on a pink bathroom. Greer admits it cost $10,000 — but from a source close to her, I’m told the price is nearer $15,000.

I had my first glimpse of Greer’s “sensational” bathroom and her remodeled house at a party she gave, and I must say she has done a job that interior decorators might well envy.

Greer Garson’s pink bathroom

Pink, her favorite color, dominates not only the pink tiled marble bathroom from floor to ceiling and all its appointments, but the downstairs as well.

“Tell me, Greer, has pink always been your favorite color?” I asked the redhead. “I thought you favored green — even to your clothes.”

“I’ve always loved pink; it’s so alive and so gay. When I told my business manager what I had spent remodeling my house, he didn’t denounce me as I feared, but said I was honestly in the pink!” she laughed.

Top actress Greer Garson's pink bathrooms - and rosy home (1955)

I looked at Greer when she said this, knowing she has saved her money and that her husband, Buddy Fogelson, has made a fortune in oil.

When she saw my startled expression she laughed and said, “He didn’t mean I was in the red. He meant I was in the pink as an investment, not only in happy living, but financially wise, too.”

“What made you do this extensive remodeling job on your house?” I asked as I looked at the sunken bathtub and the pink flowers — azaleas, camellias and primroses — placed around the bathroom, which has no perfume or toilet water bottles, only soap and towels.

“My house was perfect for my mother and me before I married Buddy, but it definitely was not large enough for a dynamic man like Buddy. So the only sensible thing to do was to literally push out walls so that he could have his own quarters. The elevator, too, is for Buddy’s comfort, so he doesn’t have to walk upstairs.”

We walked out on the lanai adjoining the bath where Miss Greer suns herself, then she took my arm and we went downstairs.

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Buddy Fogelson and actress Greer Garson on honeymoon in Hawaii 1949, courtesy NPS

Greer loves the sun, and downstairs, there is one of the biggest sunrooms I’ve ever seen. It is solid glass from floor to ceiling on three sides, and, of course, the glass walls are movable doors.

The centerline is interrupted by a ceiling-high fireplace made of golden-colored stone.

“The stone,” Greer said, “is sub-soil from the state of Texas, and is a tribute to my husband.”

But wait until I tell you — and I couldn’t believe my eyes — that high on this self-same fireplace there are niches at intervals from which orchids grow. So help me!

The actress added pink to her dining room, too

“I want you to see my dining room,” Greer said.

“Oh, I hope you haven’t touched it,” I told her, remembering the pleasant dinners we’d had in that room.

But she had. Here again, the pink touch was everywhere. The dining room is now pink and black in the Regency manner.

“Don’t look so surprised,” Greer said. “This is just old furniture I had repainted. Today, when there are no formal dinners anymore, I decided to make this a room where I could serve buffet dinners.”

More than the lovely house and the beauty of the treasures Greer has collected in her interesting life is her happiness with Buddy. They seem to have worked out their life together so well, even though their careers and interests are widely separated.

“You’re a very lucky girl, Greer,” I told her, “with a man of Buddy’s charm, the knowledge that you can stop work whenever you wish to and your new picture, ‘Strange Lady in Town,’ which I hear is very good.”

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