Feb 132012

The 1950s and 1960s were awash with pink. From pink overhead dryers, pink kitchen appliances, pink bathroom suites and pink mini-dresses to pink telephones, pink typewriters, pink cadillacs and even The Pink Panther. But lets focus on bathrooms. I love a pink bathroom suite, in part because it’s something you hardly see any more, especially in the UK (I suspect you’d find more spread across untouched post-war homes in the US). There are some beautiful examples over at offbeathome.com. But if you are not blessed with such fittings there are other ways to ‘vintage up’ your bathroom or dressing room…

1950s and 1960s Toiletries and Wash Bags

Make your bathroom or dressing room appear like a tunnel to the mid twentieth century by irradicating everything modern until you are down to the bare shell which is (hopefully) a squeaky clean white or cream bathroom suite. Then accessorize the room instead with 1950s and 1960s bathroom accessories such as a mirror, toothbrush holder, wash bags, soap dish, vintage dressing gowns and (if you’re lucky enough to find one) a 1950s-1960s storage cabinet. Try boot sales, vintage shops, charity shops, your grandmother’s attic. You can also add retro products like Soap & Glory or Benefit which have a 50s pin-up theme. If you’re on a budget you can use empty vintage bottles like the ones below and refil them with your regular products.  A great way to cheat your way to the 1950s feel is to mix and match different shades and brands of the same colour… in this case pink.

Below and above are a selection of just the type of accessories that can add a 1950s to 1960s feel to your bathroom.

1950s and 1960s Pink Bathroom Accessories


1950s Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass Dusting Powder [sorry, item sold… to BBC retrospective TV show The House the 50s Built!]
Pink 1950s Skylon Travel Lotion Bottle [sorry, item sold]
Pink 1960s Travel Soap Case [sorry, item sold]
Pink 1960s Travel Toothbrush Case [sorry, item sold]
Pink C.1960s Quilted Wash Bag *
Pink C.1960s Quilted Make-Up Bag *
Pink Vintage Travel Vanity Beaker *
Pink Moulded 1960s Travel Hairbrush*
Pink 1960s Travel Soap Case [sorry, item sold]

* [these items are soon to be moved to our Etsy shop, watch this space]

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