Pink and black retro tile bathroom, probably from the 1940s or 1950s.
In remodeling and decorating, we try to respect the original character of our 1944 mid century home, and for our housing track, as well as most California homes from the 1920s to the 1960s, ceramic tile surfaces and counter tops were all the rage when they were first built. It has been frustrating that there are so few sources on TV and the web for preserving or recreating retro tile designs. Most home improvement shows and stores advocate gutting the colorful ceramic tile and contemporary designers consider it “dated.” Well, 1940’s dated tile is what I am going for.
Almost a year has past since we first knocked down the walls in our half bath and laundry room/ mud room to completely redo both areas. This remodel seems never ending! Unfortunately we mainly spend vacations doing any serious work on the two room project. Over the course of this past year or so, I have been collecting photos* of nice examples of 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950s small tiled bathrooms for inspiration.
And on the bright side, we are just about ready to start setting tile. Well, at least all the hardibacker board is up on the tub walls and counter top. But I have yet to buy the tile. I am still on the fence about the colors. I already did the floor in black and white, exactly like the kind in the first picture. There are so many to vintage combinations choose from; it is hard to decide. Here are many of the photos I have been using for design inspiration for our small vintage bathroom.
Do you have a vintage tiled bathroom? Or are you lusting after one? Please leave me a comment or suggestion if you have a favorite out of the lot.
Seafoam green and black trimmed tile walls with a black and white pin wheel mosaic floor, found in a mid century original bathroom.
Peachy pink vintage tile bathroom with lovely mosaic tile floor to match
Pink and Purple vintage ceramic tile from the late 1930’s. The tub is full of stuff from the Estate sale I found it at.
Monochromatic sage green and white tile retro bathroom, probably from the late 1950s or early 1960’s
Green and Yellow 1930’s Art Deco Bathroom found at a vacation rental website, Homeaway listing in Santa Monica # 241772
Another view of the same yellow and sea foam green tiled art deco 1930’s bathroom from above. This is a really beautiful tile shower stall.
A really cute seafoam green blue retro tile bathroom found at vacation rental webiste, homeaway listing number 346282 in San Francisco. I especially like the decorative matching liner and blue green tub.
Pretty pink tile and white bathroom from the mid 1950’s. Found at vacation rental VRBO listing in West Los Angeles 357935.
Burgundy Brown and beige tile in a vintage style bathroom. Found at Homeaway listing in Austin TX # 3473416
Mid 1940s peach or tan tile with aqua blue box cap boarder and matching sink over a built in vanity cabinet.
Soft and femine pink, black and white 1950’s bathroom with pink tile counter top.
Peachy Pink and Black vintage tile bathroom from the 1950’s
Elegant Grey, Black, and White Retro Tiled bathroom
1946 yellow and grey tile bathroom
1946 yellow and grey tile bathroom
1946 yellow and grey tile bathroom
gray and cream colored tile with built in mid century sink cabinet
Pink and grey tile in an unfinished bathroom. From rocknrealty.net in Austin
1946 yellow bathroom tile with burgundy red trim and free standing sink fixture.
Modern update or redo of mid century bathroom in rosey red tile with black accents.
Aqua blue green and teal bathroom
I actually hate this brown and pink 1950s bathroom, but I saved it anyway because of the built in sink cabinet. I think brown paint would work, just not this shade. But if it was me, I would have picked a very feminine shade of butter yellow to paint it.
Soft pale pink bathroom tile in 1930s bathroom with mosaic floor and white paint
Pink and black 1950s vintage bathroom with white paint
peach and orange vintage tile with cool robins egg blue paint.
Peach and sea foam green original tile bathroom with green fixtures from the 1940s. It has streamlined details that were so popular in the late 30’s to Mid 1940.
bright peachy orange retro style subway tileds in a small bathroom with black trim and liner. I am guessing this one is a modern redo probably because of the sink style and the colored subway tiles. Most of the original 1940s and 50s tile jobs were done using 4 x 4 size tile. Subway size was more common in the pre war era.
mint green and black retro original tile bathroom from late 1940s or early 1950s made contemporary with the dramatic grey paint and decorative stencil black accents. From DesignSponge.com
mint green and black retro original tile bathroom from late 1940s or early 1950s made contemporary with the dramatic grey paint and decorative stencil black accents. From Design Sponge and later featured on Apartment Therapy
sage green and forest green original tile bathroom from 1930s or early 1940s with pink paint
Mint green retro tile bathroom in 1930s Deco style with
Black and blue retro/ vintage tile bathroom from the 1940s with black and white pinwheel mosaic floor
Black and blue retro/ vintage tile bathroom from the 1940s
Black and yellow retro/ vintage tile bathroom from the 1930s.
late 1950s bathroom with pink and gray original tile on built in sink vanity
Pink and burgundy tiled tub surround and built in sink vanity in a 1950s time capsule bathroom. Found at a realestate blog called UglyHousePhotos.com
peach and blue built in sink cabinet in vintage bathroom found at uglyhousephotos
Another peach and blue bathroom, probably 1940s since it has a small mirrored recessed medicine cabinet, typical of the era.
Yellow and blue tile small bathroom sink. My husband said our bathroom would look like “Steelers themed” because I had wanted to mix the 2 colors in our new bathroom with our black and white floor, but my hubby is a Niners fan so it was a no gol Photo from UglyHousePhotos.com
Light Green and teal bathroom tiled in sink and counter top. Another 50s bathroom from Ugly House photos
As you can see, no travertine, marble, granite, or even beige or tan for me. Stop back by next week, and maybe I will have added more of the other pictures, or maybe I will have actually picked out my tile and started setting it. I think I might be leaning toward blue. No, maybe yellow. But that peachy pick sure is nice. I’m to tired to decide.
Here is a link to our finished black and blue vintage tile bathroom.
*Unlike the rest of my blog, many of the photos in this post are not my original works, but were found over the course of a year and half throughout the internet and saved for design inspiration for my multiple tile projects around our home, especially our little bathroom. A number of the pics came from MLS and real estate listings and are no longer online elsewhere to link to. Some are from two popular vacation rental services, homeaway and VRBO and others from design blogs. I did my best to credit and link back to the original works and their posters/creators/listings/sources. However if at any time you would prefer not to have one of your images here, please email me and I’ll take it down right away. Thanks.
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