20 vintage pink bathrooms: Bubblegum-era midcentury home decor of the 1950s & 1960s

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 and sixties

American Olean pink tile bathroom 1962


Vintage pink bathrooms: Pink and red and flowers everywhere you look!

Pink and red and flowers


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

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: Pink tiles plus a pink, white and blue mosaic floor


Vintage pink bathrooms: All the pink fixtures!

Vintage pink bathrooms: All the pink fixtures!

Bathroom colors become brighter and more varied (1957 & 1958)


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 (1957)

Double-pink sinks and matching tub and toilet


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

Vintage pink bathrooms: Pink and red and flowers everywhere you look!


Pink bathroom with blue suite from 1953

Pink bathroom with blue fixtures from 1953 - American Standard


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

1956-american-standard-pink-bathroom


Vintage pink bathrooms: Dad and daughter both apparently seem to love the bathroom that features pink and blue

Retro 50s home decor - bathroom that features pink and blue

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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.

Pink white black retro flooring from the 1950s


Vintage pink bathrooms from the ’50s: New beauty!

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

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: Pink meets yellow meets teal


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

Retro pink bathrooms: White sinks, inset in pale pink angled cabinetry

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

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

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


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.

A very fanciful yellow and pink home decor (1951)


Vintage pink bathrooms Montgomery Ward bathroom suites (1961)

Vintage pink bathrooms Montgomery Ward bathroom suites 1961


Elegant pink bathroom in the Los Angeles mansion home of Mrs Alfred Mathes (1964)

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

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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?)

Vintage pink bathrooms: Jayne Mansfield's Pink Palace bathroom










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