Here is a link to a Retro Renovation classic post from the early days, Dec. 2007. I found numerous rose red wallpapers from Thibaut that are excellent proxies for the vintage wallpaper that you get a peek of in the photos above. Rose red is a classic 50s color that you don’t really think about much…I’ve even spotted it in kitchens (click on thumbnail) which is quite something. Even better, I think the color — especially in those wallpapers! — would be wonderful for dining rooms — very convivial. Good for dinnertime cheer, although maybe not for your waistline.
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.
<—— However, I spotted this other 1956 photo with similar “Rose Red” (as per the brochure) shades – so it clearly was being offered as a decorating choice, and is quite pleasing in other rooms, I think. The wallpaper in the thumbnail (click to enlarge) to the left looks really beautiful.
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.
It isn’t every day that you find a set of raspberry pink St. Charles steel kitchen cabinets like this set for sale in Washington, D.C.. The color of this cabinetry — found printed right on the back of one of the cabinets: Raspberry. We love it — AND, we have an historical reference to demonstrate this is likely from around 1956 — not the flower power 1960s. Thanks to reader Debbie, who alerted us to this fantastic find, and to craigslist seller Kathe for allowing us to feature her photos.
Elena recently submitted a comment that made me remember I wanted to post about these: Wallpaper murals — 9′ wide for walls up to 10′ tall — made by Thibaut. Can you believe it, but this one above, Memory Lane, was on the wall behind President Lyndon B. Johnson when he addressed the nation on TV for two hours from his Texas ranch house. Hey: That means it was in Lady Bird Johnson’s house — our 4th “First Lady” Retro Renovation connection — can you name the other three so far? Today, we still catch occasional glimpses of wallpaper murals in time capsule houses. They are SO OF THE ERA. You can still get four different designs, in a number of colorways, from Thibaut today. Looks like the retail price is just under $900.