While not exclusively the domain of the fifties, the popularity of pink 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.

We wonder if basic vanity wasn’t a big motive, as the color pink is 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.”

Vintage pink bathrooms from the fifties

 

Pink bathtub, sink and toilet

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

A rosy corner bathtub with matching sink and commode

 

Double-pink sinks and matching tub and toilet, accented with orange walls

Double-pink sinks and matching tub and toilet

 

Pink and red and flowers everywhere you look!

Pink and red and flowers

 

A perfectly pink dressing table for her, with just a touch of red

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>> Also see: Bathroom colors become brighter, more varied (1957 & 1958)

A pink sink and pink tile offsets the gray bathtub and flooring

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Dad and daughter both love the bathroom that features pink and blue

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An olive green color tones down the pink of the tub and sink

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A pink sink cabinet, tub and wall shelf plays against red and black

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Yellow is the main color in this lavatory, making the pink tub, toilet and sink stand out just a little less

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A thoroughly feminine bathroom suite

A thoroughly feminine bathroom suite

 

White sinks, inset in pale pink angled cabinetry

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

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A very fanciful yellow and pink bathroom

 

Jayne Mansfield’s restroom

And, finally, here’s the legendary Jayne Mansfield 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?)

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