Cindy’s 50s pink bathroom – timeless character “beyond retro”

From Cindy’s mid century pink bathroom, Lexington, Kentucky

When my sister Jenni (above) and I recently visited Lexington, Sumac Sue aka Judi arranged for the first stop on our neighborhood tour to be Cindy’s mid-century ranch house.

From Cindy’s mid century pink bathroom, Lexington, Kentucky

Pink and green trim on a 50s ranch? I was pretty sure I’d like what was inside – and was not disappointed.

From Cindy’s mid century pink bathroom, Lexington, Kentucky

Cindy has a vintage pink bathroom appointed in a style that transcends all eras yet stays true to its retro roots.

From Cindy’s mid century pink bathroom, Lexington, Kentucky

The only things that Cindy replaced in her pink bathroom were the vanity countertop, sink and faucet. She chose a neutral marble/stone laminate with pink and brown undertones for the countertop. She custom-ordered the sink from a potter she knew in Maine.

From Cindy’s mid century pink bathroom, Lexington, Kentucky

Her other key decorating move: A softly shaded wallpaper in a flowery design along the long wall – mated with a soft-stripe version from the same paper collection, along the shorter wall and above the shower. I can’t emphasize enough what a great choice these papers were – the colors, the intensity, the mix – all harmonize beautifully with the tile. Everything complements…and the overall effect is quite soothing and serene. If I had one suggestion for this space, it would be to add a soft valence to the window. A little, final finishing touch?

From Cindy’s mid century pink bathroom, Lexington, Kentucky

I also love how Cindy has integrated little images… vignettes…into the bathroom. However, this requires a true dedication to tidiness, readers!

From Cindy’s mid century pink bathroom, Lexington, Kentucky

The original bathroom elements also are just wonderful. Look! Pink hexagon floor tiles!

From Cindy’s mid century pink bathroom, Lexington, Kentucky

And see how the mirror is tiled in. I would have done this in my blue bathroom if I’d seen this example!

From Cindy’s mid century pink bathroom, Lexington, Kentucky

And, I’m swooning over that interesting old toilet seat. It kind of clamps down like a clam shell. Never seen one like it. Tip readers: Keep your toilet seats down! Bad feng shui to have open drains; your energy/money rushes right down them! (E.g, I think everyone flushed on Wall Street exactly at the same moment.) Bad bad bad. Also, close your bathroom doors. Especially where you have attached master baths. No mal-odors, please, into living spaces!

From Cindy’s mid century pink bathroom, Lexington, Kentucky

I know that there are many folks with 30s 40s 50s and 60s pink bathrooms who could be “okay” with the pink tiles – but don’t really want to “go retro”. Cindy’s bathroom is a great example of how to find a timeless middle ground that most importantly, reflects your personality and love.

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Comments

  1. Elvis says

    I agree, Pam: very nice use of original features coupled with newer elements that enhance the “pinkness” of this delightful bathroom.

  2. sumacsue says

    Cindy is a creative person, and her talents and interests show up throughout her house, even in her bathroom. The main rooms of her house have more earthy colors, so it is delightful to walk into this airy, softly colored bathroom. If she does put up a window treatment, it probably will be something fun and unexpected!

  3. Maryanna says

    Love the tile, especially the mirror surround and that glorious floor!

    But what’s the deal with the primary-colored fish shower curtain? I think white battenburg lace would go perfectly with the wallpaper and the pink tile…and would be great for a valance too. Just my two cents!

  4. karen says

    ok seriously, how DOES she get her vintage floor looking like that? mine is hopelessly dirty and dull and no scrubbing will ever fix it.

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