Pink And Gray Bathroom

Pink And Gray Bathroom

Pam Kueber: I have always been a lover of vintage homes and decor, but vintage pink bathrooms were not much in my consciousness…until they were. I’ve been blogging at RetroRenovation.com for more than eight years. Once I started communicating daily with other people living in post-war houses, I started to notice just how common pink bathrooms were. That led me to start researching the subject. Pretty quickly, I learned from a knowledgeable reader that the particular shade of pink so common in 1950s bathrooms had been given the colloquial names “Mamie Pink” and “First Lady Pink.” First Lady Mamie Eisenhower had loved the color so much that she used it throughout the White House — so much so that the press corps called it “The Pink Palace.” Pink bathrooms have a colorful — yes, I’d even say important — history within American interior design!
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Pink And Gray Bathroom

For our third installment in our series, 99 ideas to decorate a pink bathroom, we focus on pink and gray bathrooms. While this seems like a straightforward color combination, care must be taken to determine if the gray tile you have is a warm gray or cool gray. We tend to believe that most vintage bathrooms were warm gray, so that is our focus here. However, if you are dealing with a cool gray tile, some of the warm-feeling taupes, beiges and browns used in these mood boards may not work as effectively. 
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Pink And Gray Bathroom

PK: The response has been fabulous. My pink bathroom campaign has been featured in all kinds of media, including The New York Times and scores of online sites. It’s just a topic that makes people smile. Most importantly, I have many emails and story follow-ups from folks who tell me my plan worked. That is, they kind of hated their pink bathroom, went online to look for alternatives to redecorate or rip it out, but then they discovered the colorful history of pink bathrooms and came around full circle to loving their pink bathroom. Now they would never dream of ripping it out. I also hear from lots of people who are looking to buy midcentury houses, and an original pink bathroom is on their wish list. It’s all about education!
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Pink And Gray Bathroom

To get started, I used pink field tile from B&W… a Bahama Pink toilet from Gerber. I mocked up the gray bullnose using a color in powerpoint. If you are designing a pink-and-gray tile bathroom like this from scratch, you can shop the gray bullnose tile from B&W and Daltile, for starters. Caution: Some grays are warm, some are cold.
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Pink And Gray Bathroom

PK: I believe that pink was the most popular color for bathroom tile in the 1950s. I estimate that pink bathrooms went into some five million American homes, maybe even 10 million. Before 2008, though, when I launched SaveThePinkBathrooms.com, pink bathrooms didn’t get much respect. Mind you, this was even before the Mad Men phenomenon, which also helped bring a real spotlight to the beauty in midcentury interior design. Recognizing the lack of scholarship about pink bathrooms, I thought it would be productive — and fun! — to call out the topic on its own little website. SaveThePinkBathrooms.com serves as a rallying point to call attention to how wonderful pink bathrooms really are, educating people about their history, and in the process, maybe helping to convince them to think twice before ripping them out.
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Pink And Gray Bathroom

In this bathroom, the different hues of pink make the space pop. The chandelier is made from pale pink milk glass, while bolder colors of pink make up the rug. The salmon colored bathtub, which is the statement piece of this space, is accented by pink floral wall curtains that tie all of these shades of pink together.
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Flower silhouettes pink: For a midcentury yet modern feeling pink and gray bathroom, this flower silhouette shower curtain feels fresh and artsy. Mixed with a coordinating light gray wall color and pink and white towels, the room feels fresh and new.
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I’m loving all the inspiration with the pink bathroom extravaganza! We don’t have a pink bathroom, although I’d bet that it was pink just before the previous owners put it up for sale 15 years ago. It’s white now. Yesterday I had the thought that I could still have the look without ripping out what’s in there now. Pink towels, shower curtain and rug might make me a happier camper in the meantime.
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If you enjoy one color in the bathroom more than the other — the gray over the pink, for example — play up this color in the accessories and accents. Use gray hand towels and throw rugs and add window treatments that are mostly gray with only a touch of pink, to tie in the color and make it look intentional rather than something you are trying to hide. If plain white walls above the tile aren’t working for you, consider a metallic wallpaper instead to modernize the room.
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Add Accents If you enjoy one color in the bathroom more than the other — the gray over the pink, for example — play up this color in the accessories and accents. Use gray hand towels and throw rugs and add window treatments that are mostly gray with only a touch of pink, to tie in the color and make it look intentional rather than something you are trying to hide. If plain white walls above the tile aren’t working for you, consider a metallic wallpaper instead to modernize the room.
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My 1950s gray glass tile and pink fixtures is going. I’m very sad. It would be a fortune to re do. Only two men in the country know Vitrolite glass. Bath is leaking, husband hates pink and gray. I won the windows war last time and siding war. I, have lost this one. Anyway, thinking white and gray hex or basket weave floor. White fixtures. White subway tile shower and 42″ chair rail same. Upper third wall paint mauve or fuchsia and then curtain etc. timeless, classic to coordinate with 1952 house. After seeing this with my eye so long. I, will be so jarred as bath opens to large living room thru hall, door not closed and all flows now. Tell, me it will be ok and somehow this new gutted bath will flow? Can send current pics to the site before wrecking ball comes. Do not know how? Crying my eyes out in CT
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Cozy and bright: If you want a less feminine look in your pink bathroom, why not try some stripes? This beige, brown, gray white and coral pink shower curtain feels fun without the flowers. A dark chocolate wall color — pulled from the curtain — creates a dramatic feel, and bright pink and white towels finish off the space.
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Googieland pink: Another great pattern, also from Bradbury & Bradbury called Googieland Ivory, gives this pink and gray bathroom a lighter feel. A solid grey shower curtain and pink and pale aqua towels — picked to match the colors of the googies in the wallpaper — round out the look.
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If you’ve ever stepped into an American home built in the 1940s or ‘50s, we’re pretty sure we know what you saw: pink bathrooms. And we’re not just talking about a simple coat of rose quartz. We’re talking pink tile walls and flooring, pink tubs and even pink toilets.
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I’ve got the inverse…gray with pink. Sadly I don’t have the original sink, tub, and toilet, they’re white. But anyway, I’ve “pinked” the heck out of it to balance the gray and pink, and I am loving it and all these ideas : )
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Work with the pink and gray of the bathroom by bringing in some white to tone down the other colors. Paint the wall above the tile in a clean, soft white and replace old fixtures such as sinks, toilets and vanities with newer versions in white. If there is a countertop in the bathroom, choose a material that mixes white and gray to tie it all together. A marble like Carrara or Ajax can do this job and help modernize the room at the same time.
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Bring in Some White Work with the pink and gray of the bathroom by bringing in some white to tone down the other colors. Paint the wall above the tile in a clean, soft white and replace old fixtures such as sinks, toilets and vanities with newer versions in white. If there is a countertop in the bathroom, choose a material that mixes white and gray to tie it all together. A marble like Carrara or Ajax can do this job and help modernize the room at the same time.
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Gray + White Cool, clean, and classic, this neutral color scheme treats gray as an accent color on the floor and in veined marble wainscoting. Texture plays a big part in this traditional room’s ambience. The floor features an intricate herringbone pattern of rectangular tiles, bordered in black, white, and gray. Large-format rectangular tiles form the wainscoting, and gleaming polished-nickel fixtures pop against the quiet background. A matte-finish painted wall recedes against crisp white medicine cabinets. Browse more photos of gray bathrooms.

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