This is the title page from my 1956 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book I’ve shown photos from before (we looked at some ’50s kitchens and living rooms). I love the retro stuff. Today we’re taking a gander at the bathrooms, which will explain a lot of things–such as why many of us have lived in houses with pink tile at one point or another.
One thing I found interesting was that bathrooms were categorized in a catch-all chapter called “Other Rooms.” This would never happen today, when entire books about bathrooms fill the shelves of the local Barnes & Noble.
“Bathroom Color Scheme Stems from Summertime Garden Colors” reads the copy for the picture below. Check out the freestanding towel rack and the built-in planter that runs the length of the window. Fancy!
“The Tiniest Bathroom Can Have Convenience, Style,” according to the following page in the book. “You can plan for efficiency and comfort here just as in a larger room. Your bathroom should be easy to keep clean, arranged conveniently for the whole family, well lighted–and it can be pretty, too!”
Interesting how they seem to assume your family will be sharing the one bathroom. At the time, they probably did!
This bathroom features a pink ceiling and a “practical window treatment,” but–despite the shower curtain– no showerhead that I can see.
According to the copy: “The wall covering sets the decorating theme. White in the pattern and the curtains teams with the white fixtures. There is good mirror lighting.”
Where do you suppose that “good mirror lighting” is, exactly? Underneath that little ruffle of fabric?
“Venetian blinds in pale pink give light and privacy control, blend with the wallcovering pattern, and are simple to care for,” the book says about the next bathroom.
“Colored fixtures and tile set the theme here, with the bright red accent of the wallcovering design repeated in towels and the bath mat.” In the 1950s, pink went with anything! It was treated like a neutral.
“How Does Your Bathroom Rate for Beauty and Convenience?” Is it as beautiful and convenient as the one below?
“Mirrored wall seems to triple the size of this small bath. Twin bowls are spaced apart so that two people can use them and not get in each other’s way.”
This was a pretty progressive bathroom to feature two sinks back in ’56. The cabinets look pretty modern, too.
I had a pink-tiled bathroom in the house I grew up in so I’d probably feel right at home in any of these. I even stood on my share of furry, fuzzy bathmats like the one above. How about you? Raise your hand if you had fur-covered toilets, too!
If You’re Hooked on Retro Rooms:
- I Can’t Get Enough of 1950s Kitchens
- Then & Now: Retro Kitchens Today
- A 1950s Kitchen with a Portable Stereo Cart
- Retro Living Rooms from 1956
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