Scenes from 22 blue midcentury bathrooms


Yes — we are all dedicated to Save The Pink Bathrooms — but that quest is just emblematic, of course. We love midcentury bathrooms of all colors – blue, yellow, pinky-beige, grey, green, salt n pepper… I recently spotted some great images from Tiki Lisa’s blue bathroom (after the jump), and it got me to thinking… Let’s pull together all our blue bathrooms for a comprehensive look at this classic midcentury color. 22 bathroom inspirations in all.


Above is Tiki Lisa’s bathroom faucet. I have not seen one quite like it, until now. I love her tile-in sink. And notice the tile, it appears to be the gold granite salt and pepper style. You can still get this today, folks.


Here’s another angle on Lisa’s wonderful blue sink and faucet. I’m all for crystal faucets if they have a nice solid hand feel, as the old ones often do.


And here’s Lisa’s coordinating toilet, set against vintage blue wallpaper. See more of Tiki Lisa’s photos on flickr, and on her blog Atomic Tea Party. Thanks, Lisa! :)


Meanwhile, here’s another new-to-the-blog vintage blue bathroom, 1963, in this home for sale by Uncle Jack. Notice that cute daisy wallpaper. I love the look of the vanity. And darn, I want to see the floor and toilet better. You can still get mirror-cabinet combo’s like these from Nutone.  See the listing via the lefthand column of


In another news update, one of our readers just wrote to say that she is buying this wonderful 1959-era American Standard sink and vanity, one of our favorite styles ever ever, and featured in a recent Retro Radar. See the complete 1959 suite here, in green. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the deal works out! Now… for some previously featured posts…

Above: One of the coolest blue bathrooms ever in this 1964 time capsule, so well designed and featuring all the latest gizmos. Click on the first image to start the slide show.


Luminous blue tub, toilet and sink from


Vintage blue fixtures in a grey bathroom…includes a great vintage American Olean tile set of fishes.

We love Cinderella bathtubs.


50s and 60s bathrooms used to have laminate countertops in styles like this. Swoon.


We choose shower curtains for Amy’s blue…well, aqua…early 60s bathroom.


Light blue and medium blue paired in an affordable and easy-to-replicate vintage style tile design.


Feeling groovy in this mid mod bathroom from Chile. Red punches up blue so beautifully.


One of our favorite longtime readers, Palm Springs Stephan, gutted his condo bathroom and replaced it with this wonderful retro renovation.


Alice’s blue bathroom tile, after she’s cleaned the grout with Zep.


A Las Vegas time capsule bathroom. Be sure to see this post for the great Moe lighting in the dining room.


Michael’s very cool bathroom, Worthington, Ohio. Great tile and a wall-mount toilet — we haven’t seen many of these toilets yet, except in literature from the period. Very, very cool.


How much do we love Alice’s bathroom (and kitchen and whole house) in Richmond, Va. Let us count the ways, it’s nearly Perfect!


Anthropologie bath towels will fit right into a vintage blue bathroom, original or retro renovation.


Are blue bathrooms getting your attention yet? Scantily clad genies may help: 1956 Eljer ad.


More advertising inspiration: 1953 Kohler bathroom with two tones of blue tile.


Sinks I saw on ebay. Most excellent for a 60s “Romany Spartan” style bathroom retro renovation.


Here’s tile that would look great with the sinks. Again, very Romany Spartan-inspired.


Did I mention that when I renovated my three 1951 bathrooms I made one of them blue? It’s probably the favorite one in the family – very cheery, classic, too. My field tile came from Olympia – who have now discontinued this Maple Leaf tiles. But this color, essentially a ‘heron blue’ or ‘robin’s egg blue’, is available now by other large brands. Good news – there’s almost nothing more affordable than thsi 4×4″ field tile… and the look is spot-on for retro renovations. Update you interiors to be sympathetic to the original styling and period of your home — and the results will surely have a more timeless appeal.

Do you want to renovate or create a vintage-style blue bathroom of your very own? Check out all the resources researched in my Bathroom Category.

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  1. Charity says

    I have both the pink wall mounted toilet (master bath) and the robin egg blue wall mounted toilet (guest bath.) Both are stamped either 1964 or 1965… Very cool toilets, tubs and sinks.

    Anyone know how to refinish the sinks with original color (or close)? Both pink sinks have rust around the overflow.

  2. Lori Sharp says

    Hello, we have a mid century home we have been working on for a lil over a year. The master bath double blue vanity sinks with matching blue toilet and bidet. Looking for some help with Wall Color to help update a bit. Any suggestions? Walls are white right now. Tile around vanity is white also. Thank you. Lori

  3. says

    We are moving into a very dated home with a blue bathroom, toilet, tub, sink etc. It will probably be a few years before we can update it completely, some ideas would be awesome!

  4. Peggy says

    I have a New Orleans blue bathroom and a mexican sand. Was wanting to update with a different color, but after reading all of these about how people are wanting to keep theirs I don’t know what to do now.

    You got any suggestions?

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