15 ideas to decorate a pink and white bathroom

pink and white bathroomvintage pink bathroom decorFor the second story in our series, 99 ideas to decorate a pink bathroom, today let’s look ideas to decorate a pink and white bathroom. And as with all the stories in this series, we invite you to email us your decorating ideas — instructions and tools to make your own mood  boards are at the end this story.  

pink and white bathroom ideasToday’s design boards start with Mamie pink field tile from B&W… a white Kohler Classic Wellworth toilet… and white bullnose, generally acquired quite affordably and easily from Big Box stores, Daltile or B&W, etc.

And, for the towels featured in all these design boards, I shopped the large variety of colors available at The Company Store.

Pink and white bathroom design ideas inspired by wallpaper

pink and white vintage bathroom

Flirty and feminine: Again, I found loads of vintage wallpaper that coordinated wonderfully with a pink and white bathroom at Hannah’s Treasures. First up, this feminine, small scale pink and white flower patterned wallpaper, paired with a plain white shower curtain and white and pale pink towels. The medium warm grey background keeps the space from feeling too saccharine, while clusters of fluffy flowers float on complementary green stems.

pink and white vintage bathroom

Natural and light: Next, this 1940s Nancy McClelland vintage wallpaper with a fan and flower motif helps to give the room a neutral feel while still keeping things interesting. The zig zag fan pattern adds movement to the space. And once again, pairing this paper with a plain white shower curtain and white and beige towels helps keep the room from feeling too busy.

pink and white vintage bathroom

Aqua swan sanctuary: Our third wallpaper choice — this aqua paper with pink and white swans from Hannah’s Treasures — really punches up the color in the room. Using a predominately aqua paper makes the pink feel neutral by comparison, yet the pairing feels bright and fresh. Finishing the room off with a white shower curtain and coordinating aqua and white towels helps create a cohesive look.

pink and white vintage bathroomLuscious and leafy: Lastly, this graphic large leafy pink, grey and white patterned paper from Hannah’s Treasures gives our pink and white bathroom a big visual punch in a neutral pallet to keep it from feeling too overwhelming. A plain white shower curtain and grey and white towels repeat the neutrals in the paper design to ensure that the room feels pulled together.

vintage pink and white bathroom

Pink and green dream: Our first reader submission came from Robin, NV, who is a frequent commenter on the blog. Wallpaper is from Hannah’s Treasures, gingham shower curtain is from Delores’ Ruffles, towels are from Overstock.com. Robin said:

Here is my attempt at decorating a pink bathroom.  I’m imagining this was the”girl’s bathroom” and they decided to redecorate it when they became teenagers, sometime around 1970 (originally built about 1954).  The girls wanted something hip and cool.  🙂
 Well done, Robin — GREAT color combinations and we love how you combined the floral with the gingham — it works!

vintage pink and white bathroomPretty in pink petals: Robin, NV also gave us this 1970s-ish design. Wallpaper from Hannah’s, shower curtain from Walmart, towels from The Company Store. Golly, Pam didn’t think that we could get orange to work with pink, but goin’ with the 70s hippie Victoriana flow, she thinks this pulls it off!

vintage pink and white bathroom

Elegant pink potty: Reader Ruth put together this luxe pink and white bathroom using pink damask embossed wallpaper, a silky pink lake como shower curtain, textured pink and grey damask bath towels, a pink ceramic tumbler and soap pump and topped it all off with a fancy pink mini chandelier — elegant indeed!

Pink and white bathrooms with a color scheme grounded in the shower curtain

pink and white vintage bathroom

Crazy for chrysanthemums: Now, for the first of the paint looks, this chrysanthemum printed shower curtain with light purple, hot pink and maroon flowers on a white background works well with the pink and white tile, and allows us to paint the wall a deep pinkish maroon, to emulate the look of a vintage pink and maroon bathroom with a modern twist. Pink and white towels finish off the look.pink and white vintage bathroom

Fancy French poodle: For a Parisian theme, this Boudoir Lounge shower curtain from Overstock.com — complete with a poodle — give the room a feminine feel. Pale grey walls and pink and white towels let the shower curtain steal the show.pink and white vintage bathroomCuter than a cupcake: If you like polka dots, this pink, white, beige, brown and grey shower curtain is sure to make you smile. With it’s youthful, playful feel, we’ve kept the wall a neutral beige and accented with white and pink towels.

vintage pink and white bathroom

Summer garden: This bright and modern flower shower curtain is as cute as it is colorful. Painting the wall a bright yellowy orange to match the shower curtain gives the room a cheery feel. Topping off the look: coordinating pink and white towels.

vintage pink and white bathroom

Mermaids know their pink: Pam here. In order to get this series launched, Kate immersed herself in wallpaper and shower curtain options. But now, I am also trying to think of *quirky* places to go look, starting with more shower curtains. For whimsy / novelty designs, don’t forget to go look at PBKids and PBTeen. Here’s a mermaid shower curtain and cute as all get out coordinating bathroom towels at PB Kids. While I don’t think this design board is truly successful — the pinks are too clashy — I did want to feature it (1) to call out the PB youth sites and (2) to show how pretty a light yellow paint can look in a pink bathroom. And when choosing yellow paints: Remember to consider the LRV and intensity issues!

vintage pink on white bathroom

Cheap and cheerful kids bathroom: Reader Elisabeth pulled this cheap and cheerful kid’s bathroom all from Ikea, including a multi-color striped shower curtain, turquoise and white bath towels, matching multi-colored hand towels and an aqua wall mirror, all set on a sky blue wall color.vintage pink on white bathroom


Minty: Reader Elisabeth sent in a second Ikea mood board that is styled after her own bathroom, which sports this Ingeborg white and aqua shower curtain and matching (now discontinued towels). Elisabeth used white and aqua bath towels in her mood board along with a pale aqua wall color.

pink and white vintage bathroomRustic roses: Here’s a sweet pink and white bathroom with a lovely rose print shower curtain from Garnet Hill. A serene aqua wall color and pale aqua and terra cotta towels repeat the colors in the shower curtain and give a cohesive look to the room.

Now it’s your turn to be the designer!

pink and white bathroom
Want to help us create design board ideas for a pink-and-white tile bathroom? Here’s how:

  • Use the image above as the basis for your design board.
  • Pam uses Powerpoint to create her design boards – it’s good for putting photos side-by-side – but use whatever program you like to arrange your design board. We’ve also created this image of complete page that you can start with, if you’d like – just save it and insert into Powerpoint to get started fast.
  • It’s okay if your board is kinda messy: I will take what you send us and reformat it. We’ll then add the reader design boards to this story, and likely, in a big followup story.
  • Find your wall treatment and add it — be sure to include the hotlink info to your source material
  • Find your shower curtain and add it — be sure to include the hotlink info
  • Find your bath towels and add them — be sure to include the hotlink info
  • Give your design a title (include your own name if you like)
  • Save as a PDF and email to us at retrodesigndilemma@gmail.com. Please put all info in one email.
  • All terms of use apply, be sure to read them

Coming up next: Ideas for a pink-and-gray tile bathroom.

To see our complete series of 99 ideas to decorate a pink bathroom, click here


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    • pam kueber says

      Yup! I think that Kate’s design board with the flamingos on turquoise gives a good hint at how that would look!

  1. Mary Elizabeth says

    My favorites so far are the ones that pull in either aqua or gray as the third color. My least favorite is the yellow. As my mom used to say about color co-ordination in the 1950s, “It swears. Pink and yellow swear with each other.” I realize now that her aesthetic (and that of many of her contemporaries) couldn’t embrace cool and warm colors together, or stripes and plaids, or plaids and prints.

  2. Jennifer says

    Although I generally love pink bathrooms, the pink-white base as featured today doesn’t do it for me–it always seems a little tired. i’m not sure why! The only ones that seemed to “pop” for me were those that warmed it up. But I loved yesterday’s ideas with pink and black, so at least it’s not the pink.

    • says

      Hey, we’re “sink twins!” https://flic.kr/p/uwnVja And Dawn’s a pretty good name to have, if I do say so.

      Are you SURE your sink is cast iron? My sink and toilet are American Standard, with the bottom of the sink having a paper label which boasts, “Genuine Vitreous China.”

  3. Melinda says

    Today’s favorite is the turquoise paper with the swans, with the polka dot curtain coming in a close second.

  4. tammyCA says

    Favorite today is the Aqua swan wallpaper. Sad that all the best wallpaper is in the past & it didn’t cost a fortune.
    These pink bath ideas are great as I’m still figuring out in my head what I want for my eventual bathroom..what color combination..i just can’t decide..I’m playing with tile samples some days its pink & seafoam green (with mermaids in mind) other days I like pink with creamy yellow (like a tropical sunset)! This will all have to work with probably white (or an off white that doesn’t read dingy) tub, sink, toilet as everything needs replacing.

  5. says

    Here’s a fun fact about pink and white bathrooms. We all know Mary Kay and her famous pink cars that she gives to the high sellers. Well, it’s not because she loved pink. At the time she started her company, pink and white bathrooms were all the rage. She wanted her products to match the bathrooms, hence, the pink and white bottles, etc., and later, the pink Caddies.

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