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 and sixties
Vintage pink bathrooms: Pink and red and flowers everywhere you look!
Vintage pink bathrooms: A thoroughly feminine midcentury bathroom suite (1957)
Vintage pink bathrooms: Pink tiles plus a pink, white and blue mosaic floor would greet you each morning
Vintage pink bathrooms: All the pink fixtures!
A rosy corner bathtub with matching sink and commode, accented with kelly green
Double-pink sinks and matching tub and toilet, accented with orange walls (1957)
A perfectly pink dressing table for her, with just a touch of red (1958)
Pink bathroom with blue suite from 1953
A pink sink and pink tile offsets the gray bathtub and flooring
Vintage pink bathrooms: Dad and daughter both apparently seem to love the bathroom that features pink and blue
Retro pink bathrooms: Pink, white and black flooring
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.
Vintage pink bathrooms from the ’50s: New beauty!
A pink sink cabinet, tub and wall shelf plays against red and black
Retro pink bathrooms: Pink meets yellow meets teal
Yellow is the main color in this lavatory, making the pink tub, toilet and sink stand out just a little less
Retro pink bathrooms: White sinks, inset in pale pink angled cabinetry (1955)
Bubblegum-pink wall tiles in a retro bathroom (1958)
The bathroom fixtures are white, but the thousand pink tiles still dominate this restroom
Vintage pink bathrooms: A very fanciful yellow and pink home decor (1951)
Yeah, there’s a lot going on in this loo decor from the early ’50s.
Vintage pink bathrooms Montgomery Ward bathroom suites (1961)
Elegant pink bathroom in the Los Angeles mansion home of Mrs Alfred Mathes (1964)
Vintage pink bathrooms: Jayne Mansfield’s restroom
And, finally, here’s actress 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?)