Peach Bathrooms – aka Pink Bathroom’s cousin

Colorful bathrooms and kitchens came into fashion in the 1950s with the post war boom in housing. Pink bathrooms may be the most iconic with Mamie Eisenhower liking them. But Peach bathrooms were also popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Made of durable ceramic tile many were installed so well they are still around 50 years later and in great condition. Peach bathrooms look very similar to the pink bathrooms of the era and indeed many of the shades are very very close. The peach is slightly less feminine and a little more earthy. Often paired with tans and browns.

These are some selected retro bathrooms from searching trulia in OKC where I still have family living. Trulia.com has recently changed their search filters. It used to be a date range you could enter, now it appears when you click you can only get a single date plus the years after it 1960+. This isn’t too helpful if you don’t want to see all the new builds of the 1980s and 1990s, etc. You can however get around this by manually typing in your range 1900-1969.

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These people liked their peach bathroom so much they continued the peach paint into most of the other rooms of the house. It is close enough to a tan sort of neutral that it works with most furniture style for prospective buyers but still appeals to those who want a bit of color rather than boring dingy white. The above are from 1032 SW 55th St. The ranch house was built in 1959 and features the original wood kitchen cabinets and what may be the original wall oven and separate stove top.

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This pale peach and brown bathroom is located at 4005 NW 12th St.  Still have matching ceramic towel bar, toilet paper holder and counter  from when the house was buildt in 1955.

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This darl peach or salmon pink bathroom with maroon brown trim is from 1332 NW 101st St. Buildt in 1960. It has diagonal on floor and counter and horizontal tile in the bathtub surround. Judging from the two towel colors you can see they likely had a hard time finding a color scheme that worked for them. I would have stayed with white, pink, peach or brown accessories. Aqua however is often paired with pink or peach in this vintage color schemes.

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This dark peach salmon pink and tan bathroom is from 1345 SW 67th St. The sink, tub and toilet (minus the replacement seat) are original pale peachy tan. The floor has unfortunately been patched with a non-matching tan tile in a diagonal pattern. At least they didn’t rip it all up I suppose. Fixes for this would either be tile paint or find a matching tile and replace half of the floor. The walls are still perfect though and the counter top looks good. I would paint the wood base either white, peach or tan rather than dark wood. Nice chrome accents for the towel bars, in-wall toilet paper holder and faucet with neat round handles. This mid century ranch was buildt in 1957. Its second bathroom has what seems to be a retro free standing sink and toilet in white as well.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. myfoxmystere
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 03:52:20

    Just a tip for those who have peach bisque toilets such as Universal Rundle: If an old toilet seat is in bad shape and needs to be replaced, one of the closest colors I’ve seen sold in Home Depot, Lowes and a few other hardware stores is bone. Some home improvement stores also sell restoration paint for porcelain tubs which can be custom mixed, and possibly used to paint the new seat to match the old fixtures.

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  2. Naisha Page
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 12:34:18

    What is the paint color of those walls in the hallway?I’m looking to paint my living room peach/beige color

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    • vintage13
      Mar 26, 2015 @ 10:27:57

      That photo is not mine, I found it on trulia.com. However, Sherwin Williams has a neat color matching app which says it is either “Empire Gold” or “Autumnal”. If you prefer another brand most hardware stores offer color match from brands or photos.

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