Dusty pink bathroom sinks, tubs and toilets outfitted many of the homes built in the 1950s. And bathrooms with a lot of pink tile were also built in the 1960s. If you're stuck with a bathroom with pink fixtures and tile, or pink's your favorite color, outfit the bathroom with linens and decor in colors that go well with pink, such as black or the colors of a bird of paradise plant: shades of pink, orange, yellow, purple, red and green.
Pink started out as red until it was tinted with white, making red and purple both good choices with pink bathroom fixtures -- even purple has red in it. Analogous color schemes for pink are found in the colors on either side of it on the color wheel. Paint the walls in a light neutral color such as light beige or tan or even a pale sage green. Add red or purple towels and a shower curtain with reds, purples and pinks, or a white shower curtain with a band of red or purple on it. Repeat both colors in bathroom rugs and floor mats. Choose a neutral color for window treatments to avoid overdoing the color scheme.
Pink and Black Tiles
A common scheme in '60s homes used pink tile in the bathroom offset with black borders, and a pink and black or white and black tile floor. To coordinate the colors and decor in this kind of bathroom, use lacy white curtains with a band of black or pink near the hem, and install a solid white or light pink shower curtain. Black towels and bath mats make a bold statement, especially when contrasted against bright white walls. Add framed paintings or prints of two bird of paradise plants highlighting oranges, purples, reds and pinks against a black background.
Brown and Pink
The right shade of brown serves as a good combination with pink, especially when it's an earthy brown with more red and white in it. A brown-framed mirror over a white pedestal sink installed against light pink walls offers a pleasing color combination. Add pictures of pressed pink flowers against a white background, also framed in brown, to the walls. Dark brown bath, guest and hand towels complete the look for a bathroom with a pink tiled floor covered with lush brown rugs. Do not add toilet seat covers and rugs that fit around toilets, as they date the bathroom and aren't that sanitary.
Blue-Bordered Pink Tiles
Other 1960s bathrooms have pink tiles on the walls bordered by an aqua -- almost turquoise-blue -- tile, which may also repeat itself on the floor. In some of these scenarios, the fixtures might even be another shade of blue or pink. Tie the color scheme together with a muted blue- or pink-toned gray or darker beige, both neutral colors. Choose bathrooms towels, linens and rugs in these same colors for a coordinated scheme. Outfit the window with a similar color window treatment.
For a completely '50s look, hang framed vintage album covers or Elvgren posters of pin-up girls displaying wind-lifted hot-pink petticoats and black nylon stockings. A pink shower curtain with black geometric shapes can tie a pink and black vintage bathroom scheme together. Add deep burgundy accents such as a soap dish or dispenser, tissue dispenser or toothbrush holder for a touch of additional color.
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