Save the Pink Bathrooms!

Save the Pink Bathrooms!


Would a pink bathroom make you happy? Well that is what the New York Times article quoted Nancy Burns as saying about her vintage pink bathroom that she spared while renovating her 1959 split level home. So how did this mid-century love, and subsequent design trend, for pink house fixtures come about you may ask? The answer is simply the late former first lady Mamie Eisenhower.

Mamie had such a taste for the color pink that she wore a dress covered in 2,000 pink rhinestones to the presidential inauguration, had a bathroom covered in pink down to the cotton balls and even redecorated the White House in pink which coined it the moniker “Pink Palace”.

“Mamie Pink” or “First Lady Pink”, as it became known, was a popular color trend in the 1950ʼs amongst bathroom and kitchen fixtures as well as other notable post war era colours such as turquoise, chartreuse and candy apple red. The influx of colour into the home was said to show the exuberance of the time, and demonstrate support to the return of women to the home after WWII and their complete remaking of the American domestic landscape. Little did they know that times would be a changinʼ again with the 1960ʼs around the corner!

Unfortunately, as trends come and go- so did the love for colorful bathrooms. We thus now resort to renovating those beloved post-war bathroom gems into, most likely, solid white with a splash of colour. However, Pam Kueber (of Retro Renovation) has a different idea in mind. About a year ago Pam developed a website dedicated to the preservation of pink bathrooms called SaveThePinkBathrooms, or as her mantra states:

Of course, pink bathrooms are emblematic — we love vintage yellow, blue, green, beige, peach, salmon, lavendar and grey bathrooms, too.

Pam hopes that through her website and members pledges that these vintage bathrooms can be saved and cherished! Did you know that pink is actually a great colour for bathrooms because the reflected glow makes you look younger and healthier? Check out some other fun facts about pink bathrooms on SaveThePinkBathrooms as well as a slew of pink bathrooms photos collected from pink bathroom lovers around the world on Flickr. So maybe if you have a pink bathroom -or any other colour for that matter- you will reconsider that rehab job youʼve been thinking about...

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Did you know that pink is actually a great colour for bathrooms because the reflected glow makes you look younger and healthier?

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Pink Bathrooms in the library

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Images from Save the Pink Bathrooms Flickr group.


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Oh! amazing post! love pink bathroons..
my grandma's bathroom has white walls, pepto pink marble looking tiles on the lower half, a line of black accenting tiles along the top, and every once in a while there's a white tile with a red rose on it kind of just dotted throughout. it even has a ball claw bathtub...love it!
What a gorgeous selection of bathrooms and pallettes. Bookmarking this :3
WOW!!! I want that last one!!
Pink looks great but I like a combination of purple, black and silver - gives a shiny, glossy and elegant feel.

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