[Design & Staging] 3/4 Bathroom: Pretty In Pink?


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Whether it be pink tiles, toilets, tubs, or pink walls, what comes to mind when you see a pink bathroom?  I used think it's outdated-- a bit granny-like, and definitely not my choice for a main floor bathroom.  For frugality reasons, we've been holding off on a much needed remodel.  So when a toilet leak damage caused a giant hole on this bathroom ceiling, I was secretly relieved because as you know, home improvement is never about just one thing, right?  We might as well update the whole bathroom.  

Before I started to re-design our new bathroom, curiosity took the better of me.  I wanted to know what possessed someone to go with tiles, a toilet, a pedestal sink, and walls all in pink!  Well, apparently, we have Former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower to thank for.  She decorated the White House with so much pink when her husband became president in 1953, that soon the "Mamie pink" became the era's iconic bathroom color.

What sparked the rethinking of pink within the past 8-9 years could be many factors. 1) the high visibility of mid-century design due in part to the popularity of "Mad Men" (think Draper's pink powder room), 2) pink bathrooms are associated with a time of prosperity, perhaps a nostalgia for rosier times, and 3)  just like my initial thought- pink is granny. Well, granny could be a good sentimental association for some, who recall fond memories of their grandmother or great-grandmother who had a pink bathroom.  I realized now we actually have 2 vintage bathroom fixtures that could be in high demand.  There is a cult following for pink bathrooms!  While manufacturers like American Standard, Crane, and Kohler all carried pink fixtures back then; and interior designers and manufacturers now advocate pink again, pink toilets, sinks, and tubs are still hard to find today.  
  
After much research, and for a split second, I thought about keeping our pink toilet and pedestal sink, and create a retro pink theme around them.  Then I came to my senses, pink can be whimsical and fun, or even cool when done tastefully, but it's not for everyone.  With a predominately male household (our King Charles spaniel included), and a not-so-girly me, I'm finding design inspirations elsewhere.  Perhaps, something more classically contemporary...  

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