33 colors of recessed ceramic soap dishes, shampoo cubbies, tp holders & more

ceramic-bath-accesories-colors-retroVintage ceramic bathroom accessories — such as towel bar holders, toilet paper holders and soap dishes — can be difficult to locate and match with new or existing ceramic wall tile. Recently, reader Kristen reminded us about HCP Industries, which makes 33 colors of ceramic bathroom accessories, including matches for B&W Tile colors. retro-ceramic-bathroom-accessoriesPam first wrote about HCP Industries in 2009, not long after she had started Retro Renovation. Years of daily posting have added nearly 3,000 posts to our archive, and her original story seems to be been buried among the strata of content, making it difficult for some folks to find the info they needed. We have been receiving questions from readers almost every week asking where they can purchase these types of ceramic bathroom accessories in addition to tips from readers like Kristin, so we decided it was time to revisit the subject. Kristin writes:

I contacted B&W tile and they informed me they do not make ceramic accessories such as toothbrush holders or soap dishes, etc. However they said they normally stock items from HCP Industries in 61 Light Pink which they claimed was a close match to B&W 70W pink. I ordered sample tiles from HCP in 61 Light Pink and also 62 Light Rose and compared them to my sample B&W tile. The 62 Light Rose was the closest match. It’s just a minute touch less warm colored than 70W pink but extremely close overall. The 61 Pink is much darker than 70W although it is warmer and more peachy-colored in tone than 62. (I think the ideal match would be 62 pink with a speck of 61 mixed in.) I found a place to order the ceramic HCP accessories online: prosupplycenter.com I haven’t tried ordering yet as I thought I would try emailing deabath first to ask if they have any vintage accessories in stock. If that fails then I will try ProSupply Center.

According to the HCP Industries website, the company has been making ceramic bathroom accessories right here in the USA for the last 50 years. If you are on the hunt for a specific color ceramic soap dish or corner shelf and are having no luck sourcing vintage, ProSupply Center offers samples of all of the HCP colors, which can be ordered through their website. Thanks to reader Kristin for reminding us about these colorful ceramic bathroom fixtures, which we first profiled in 2009.

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Comments

  1. Laura M says

    THANK YOU for posting this.

    I’ve literally been hunting & collecting vintage pieces and parts for the past 3 years so that I can one day remodel my bungalow bathroom back to the 1920’s. I have about half of what I need. You would think that finding black ceramic bathroom accessories would be easy (!), it isn’t.

    On two separate occasions I have bought vintage toothbrush / soap dish holders on Ebay only to have them break during shipping. I have had a really tough time finding reproduction fixtures anywhere that have the look that I want.

    I’m kinda blown away by what I’m seeing on ProSupply site!

  2. Robin, NV says

    I was just looking at my bathroom tile last night and realized it needs to be regrouted rather badly. But the question is, do I re-tile with fresh colors or do I keep the 4×6 cream/gold speckled tile I have (my suspicion is it’s a 1970s remodel). If I were to re-tile, I would absolutely add some ceramic accessories, especially the toothbrush holder.

  3. ineffablespace says

    I used the toilet paper holder, towel bar, and shower niche and am very happy with the quality.

  4. Debbie says

    I have the large recessed shower niche in my newly re-tiled shower. I bought it on impulse at Hippo Hardware here in Portland, and my contractor (who’s also a good friend) was surprised that it fit between the wall studs perfectly, despite the fact that measuring first never even crossed my mind. It holds a shampoo bottle and a conditioner bottle and I LOVE it.

  5. Elizabeth says

    Am looking for a ceramic tile shower soap dish that is recessed enough to fit within 1 inch of depth and has a recessed section 5 1/2 by 4 inches and an outside lip that is about 6 by 5 or bigger

  6. Jim D says

    Howdy from Hollywood! I can’t seem to find anywhere on the site that would allow me to change my preferences for receiving emails. I used to get a lot of emails and then I think I changed it to receive fewer and now I’d like to change it back. Help! Jim

  7. Barbara Price says

    Hi Folks.

    I am wanting to purchase a ceramic bath soap dish (recessed), toothbrush holder, shower soap dish holder and loo roll holder all in white.
    Do you ship to the United Kingdom?

    Many thanks,
    Barbara

  8. alan says

    We ordered HCP Industries bathroom fixtures (soap dishes etc) from their PSC Distributor and ended up getting AC Products instead. Can anyone explain that

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