Rose Red 50s steel kitchen — and a tile you can get, today


Look at how PINK this kitchen from 1956 is!

It seems to be a good match for Sherwin Williams’ Flamingo Pink, although I’ve never seen anything quite like it for cabinets, and I find it hard to believe it sold in great numbers.


daltile-carnation-pink.jpgToday, there also is a great tile from Daltile, Carnation Pink, that looks to be a terrific match.

Hmmmm….I can certainly see this tile as an accent tile in a powder room, where making a huge impression/big splash is always welcome. Or, in a daily bathroom, if your goal is very sweet. BTY pink and peach are great in bathrooms – the mirror reflects the color onto your face, and makes you look younger 🙂

Note: Please see a real tile sample, if this interests you. The scan does not do it justice — it appears much closer to the color of the kitchen cabinets, while the scan shows up duller. It really is quite beautiful. If you click over to the Sherwin Williams paint palette, same story.


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  1. sablemable says:

    I always enjoy coming here and seeing what “new” feature you bring to us, Pam! Always gets the idea juices going.

    Yes, mid-century dinnerware would be helpful, although I already bought a new set of Royal Coupe in white (from Target) that is very similar to the dinnerware of the Fifties. And I bought new a set of tableware that resembles that of the Fifties from Pfaltzgraff (sp?).

    Those metal cabinets are lovely. We girls just love pink!

  2. 50sPam says:

    Hey Femme 1, I couldn’t get it together to do my dinnerware post today, but I’ll get it done in the next couple. I also want to look at the links you’ve sent me!

  3. 50sPam says:

    Thanks for the links, I’ll take a look. I have a bunch of Town & Country – that’s the blue spongeware stuff. It is very collectible today. Mary Emmerling of Country Home magazine — one of my idols even though I’ve now gone totally retro — collects it.

  4. Femme1 says:

    I adore Stangl! The pattern I picked out for my (ahem) first marriage (in the 70s.) was that blue spongeware stuff. I sold most of that on E-bay a few years back. I love Golden Harvest, but I have just a few pieces; I’d like to have more, but I had to restrain myself because I collect about five different patterns of dinnerware already: Biscayne by Salem (from the 50s through the early 60s) is my everyday stuff. It must have been a really popular item because now it’s incredibly cheap and I find it everywhere in thrift shops.


    Eva Zeisel’s Hallcraft Fantasy; Harlequin (the cheaper younger brother of Fiesta); Ben Seibel’s Harvest Time by Iroquois http://cgi.ebay.com/1950s-IROQUOIS-Harvest-Time-Ben-Seibel-3-Piece-Setting_W0QQitemZ260096209886QQihZ016QQcategoryZ2775QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem?_trksid=p1638.m118 ; and good ole Franciscan Starburst.

    Plus I have tons of odd and ends of stuff I just really love (like Bauer bowls and Redwing Golden Viking).

  5. 50sPam says:

    Keep writing, I LOVE it! I will do a post on my “everyday” dinnerware tomorrow morning, how about that?

    Like you, it sounds, I have enough dinnerware to feed a 50s army. Lots and lots of Stangl, but that’s not my everyday. Also some other stuff I can’t think of at this moment, also awesome, but squirreled away in the dining room buffet. Yes, this is a disease. But one that makes us happy. Hey, my husband doesn’t even mind, he likes the stuff even more than I do. How’s that for a good match?

    I hear you regarding your laminate want/need. Wait it out. The decorating gods will come to you, femme 1. I promise.

  6. Femme1 says:


    I saw those marble pattern formica samples you mentioned, and I do like them, except I’m not a big fan of pastels. I think the blue countertop in your bathroom looks great with your tiles and the whole bathroom really works. The beige could work in my kitchen, but I just want to whine until some laminate company makes my heart’s desire. (Hmmmm—I wonder if there’s some abandoned warehouse somewhere with thousands of feel of vintage unused formica?)

    There’s so much I want to add about your blogstuff, that I have to restrain myself every time I post! OK, here goes…I have been a collector of 50s dishes and dinnerware for a looooong time. I”m dying to know which china pattern YOU use in your incredible kitchen. (If you don’t have mid-century modern dinnerware yet, I have some suggestions!!)

  7. 50sPam says:

    I also meant to add:

    – I know just what you’re talking about. I think I had exactly the same pattern, in a minty green, in my 2 bathrooms. I’ve never seen anything like it.

    – the other two big makers are Pionite and Nevamar (as far as I know). You can go chip by chip thru their websites, it’s blinding.

    – Be sure to see my countertop posts – how do you feel about the marble pattern beige illusion? I used the blue in one bathroom, with blue tile, and it looks just like it came out of 1951.

    – What about true linoleum? You would certainly get the look…I am sure about the longterm durability. This certainly was the main choice BEFORE laminate was invented. Also, it is thicker, so I’m not sure it would work with the Dave Sanders steel edging

    – I’ll keep an eye out.

    1. Sandra Gerhardt says:

      50sPam said:
      – Be sure to see my countertop posts – how do you feel about the marble pattern beige illusion? I used the blue in one bathroom, with blue tile, and it looks just like it came out of 1951.

      I am looking for the countertop pattern beige illusion to replace a kitchen bar. Can you kindly tell me where I might find it?
      Thanks so much!

      1. pam kueber says:

        Beige Illusion was discontinued several years ago.

        You need to go through the countertop category – Kitchens/Countertops in navigation at the top, to see the variety of possibilities we’ve identified for retro replacements…

  8. 50sPam says:

    Hi Femme 1. Yes, the countertop is awesome, and I also love how they built the little butcher block attached eating area. A nice way to end the countertop.

    You can also get “Crackle Ice” laminates from companies like Bars & Booths. Take a look, go to their section called “Boomerang Laminate” and you’ll see a few other choices. They are not the only ones who offer this, you may be able to get a better price, I am not sure.

    – Pam

  9. Femme1 says:

    I want…no, I NEED…the gray marble-ish formica on those countertops! I’ve just started looking around for replacement countertops (now that I’ve had the good fortune to find out there is a source for stainless steel edging), and I’m a little disappointed. The boomerang formica is nice, but it’s just a little…how do you say?…blatant? I’d love to see some neat striated patterns in 50s colors. My existing (and original) countertops are greenish blue with a brown scratchy pattern. Ah how I wish I get a duplicate of it.

    Does anyone know of any other companies with 50s designs? All I’ve seen is Formica and WilsonArt.

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