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
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