Pink bathrooms are having a bit of a moment: Some of the most stylish restaurant powder rooms are taking to candy-colored tiles (which look great with brass faucets), but pink bathrooms are also a bit of a throwback, most notably to the midcentury era.
Gray veined marble and blush are natural bedfellows, as illustrated beautifully in this subway tile and vanity combination. If a stone-topped vanity isn’t on your wish list, consider tiling an adjoining wall or shower cubicle with large marble-look porcelain tiles for similar compatibility.
The pastel color scheme and chrome detailing nevertheless have a strong contemporary feel. And, unlike with tiling, this approach makes things easier to change should you want a different look in the future. The exterior of a free-standing tub like this can easily be painted; good prep and priming are key for a pro finish, and there are plenty of guides online to help you get it right.
If you want to make a (bold) nod to authenticity in a house from this era, your bathroom could be the place to start. Very few of these houses still have their original bathrooms, but the look is easy to re-create. With strong color a key feature of Art Deco, this kind of hot-pink-meets-powder-pink tiling (almost always with black trim) works very well.
Art Deco is a style that’s nudging its way back into more and more homes — could it (whisper) be the “new” midcentury modern? — and it works with many house styles, particularly in adding character to architecturally plain or boxy modern homes.
If your bathroom is already in place, try a small sink backsplash instead — perhaps two or three patterned encaustic tiles with a hint of pink, or a solid-color trio.
Choosing a warm neutral as a bridge color will add depth and soften the look. Note also how beautifully brass or gold works with soft pinks. Expect to see a lot of this combination in the coming months.
The strong contrasting marble and gleaming gold hardware are evidence that confident styling — and a commitment to pushing design boundaries — go a long way.
If you’re nervous about doing a look this bold, you could emulate it in a smaller space such as a powder room rather than the family bathroom.
This is also a commitment-free way to dabble with pink. You can also go for a feature wall or simply a collection of coordinated accessories, such as towels, bathmat, soap dispenser or vase, for even less commitment.
To create visual interest in a one-color design, vary your patterns and textures. Here, a grid of pink pearlescent tiles forms a faint pattern of squares on the walls, while the floor is also subtly different.
Here, there’s no trace of the vintage vibe that powder pink can add to a bath space, so consider this look if your style leans to a more contemporary feel.