A Perfectly Pink 50’s Bathroom

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Pink was THE representative color of the 1950s.  It’s popularity is attributed to first lady, Mamie Eisenhower, who loved the shade so much it became known as “Mamie Pink”.  She even decorated the presidential bedroom in it, right down to the monogrammed wastebasket.  Reporters even started calling the White House the “Pink Palace.” And when she was staying in an adjoining suite at a Denver Hospital, where Ike was recovering from a heart attack, she even had a pink toilet seat flown in.   I guess she figured if  you’re gonna make a stink,   you might as well do it on pink! I know, I know, that was tacky. But  I just couldn’t resist!

Personally, I’d love to have a 50s pink bathroom like the one pictured below.  It’s a nice, soft blush shade  and I’ll bet it would make your complexion look rosier!

The wall/divider with a vanity on each side is a great idea. Of course, you’d have to have quite a bit of space to make this work. But I love how it looks.   Combined with other shades, like the grey and black terrrazo like flooring,  and the woodtone cabinets,  it  makes the pink bathroom look a little less “girly”.  The flooring is actually Armstrong Mosaic Corlon. I’m sure they don’t make that pattern any more. But if they did, I’d put in my kitchen or bathroom in a heartbeat!

So what do you think of a bathroom in pink? Would it be your pick, or just make you sick?

1950s bathroom in "Mamie Pink"

1950s bathroom in "Mamie Pink"

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5 thoughts on “A Perfectly Pink 50’s Bathroom

  1. My husband and I moved into a 1950’s built house about 15 years ago, complete with a pink 3/4 master bath. (luckily, the hallway bath is blue and white) I love our pink bathroom, complete with ceramic tile walls (thankfuly, no black capping) and ceramic shower stall. We replaced the linoleum with porcelain floor tile, but after sixty years, it just proves that “they” don’t make ’em like they used to!

  2. That’s really interesting to know. When decorating in mid century style it’s not always easy to find new alternatives that will give you just the right look. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Armstrong has re-issued its linoleum line. We looked into having the sea-foam and black linoleum installed in our bathroom, but the cost was prohibitive — over $1,000 for a small bathroom. Of course, part of the high cost was due to the fact we wanted an inlay like the pink you see in the floor in the photo. We went with an Armstrong VCT and had a green trim inlay. It came out splendidly. We did pink and black in our bathroom downstairs, and it looks even better. VCT offers an affordable, yet attractive, alternative to the more expensive, but stunning retro linoleum.

  4. Wow! I would have been upset too to see the kitchen changed to harvest gold. Pink kitchen counters with metal edges AND a pink stove equals heaven! Also, I envy you for having lived in that apt with the very cool pink and black tiled bathroom.

  5. i love mamie pink! when my parents moved into their orange county, california, ranch style home in 1974, the kitchen was original to it’s mid-50’s building date – pink formica counters with metal edges, a pink electric counter top stove and a pink electric wall oven. pink sink and white metal cabinets. it was LOVELY and i hated them for tearing it up and installing hideous mid 70’s harvest gold color scheme (even then at age 14 I knew I didn’t like the 70’s!).

    I was lucky to have a pink and black mini-tiled original bathroom in an apartment in los angeles for a while, but the fixtures had all been replace with white at some point.

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