Since we are about to embark on a renovation of a 50s-style house, I’ve been thinking a lot about the color schemes for the bathroom and kitchen. Now that our contractor is back in town, we need to set up the Scope of Work for the Nash house, and I’ll need to decide whether the pink and yellow tiles stay or go.
The Pink Bathroom
I looked around on Pinterest and elsewhere for ideas. This blog article from 2011 declared the pink bathroom is “back,” and has some cute pictures. The author actually tore out their tile (boo) but did share the image at right of what I’m kind of leaning toward, pink and black with lots of white. Luckily, the Nash house pink isn’t quite so pink, and I’ll be able to do a neutral floor. I am thinking of black fixtures, though.
Somehow, I think black really neutralizes the pink and makes it less overtly feminine. Besides, I hear pink flatters everyone, so no matter who you are, the bathroom pink would help you look your best first thing in the morning (I wonder if it would have worked for me today, when I had curly purple hair sticking straight up?). The photo at left is of the bathroom of someone named Robert, and it’s manly enough, I think. I’m glad we will be replacing our pink toilet, and I’m sure he wishes his pink sink coordinated better with his tile.
I’ll put a few more inspiration photos at the end, but let’s move on to the yellow.
The Yellow Kitchen
I have a soft spot in my heart for yellow kitchens, since my Mom’s 70s-80s kitchen had white-ish cabinets and cheerful yellow gingham wallpaper. Some people hated it, but I liked it, especially while trying to wake up for my summer job that started at 7 am.
In this article from Old House magazine, a family saved the character of a 1912 yellow kitchen. This one reminds me a lot of an upscale version of the Nash kitchen. Currently that kitchen is totally yellow, like the one in the picture. I think it looks okay in this bigger kitchen, but I hope to paint the walls in our kitchen some shade of white.
The next one really gave me lots of ideas, and is from Retrovation.com, which sounds like a place that will have lots of ideas for me. The aqua and red accents in this kitchen brought in tons of character and cheer (the article has other cool pictures of the kitchen, including a darling red dinette set). The cabinets here, from a 1930s renovation sure remind me of the Nash cabinets.
The third picture I want to share is more what I am hoping to do in the Nash house, with a LOT of white to balance out the yellow. I am not sure if I will do black fixtures in here, but that would make it consistent. Everything in the Nash house is in such good shape, under the dirt from being unoccupied for so long. I just don’t like destroying things that still work.
I would love to hear any suggestions you might have for accent colors for this kind of kitchen. It would be fun to buy some thrift shop accessories to stage it a little for sale.
Here are some other ideas I found. I hope you enjoy checking out some rooms that have colors other than gray and white in them.
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