How to remodel bathrooms with 1960s colors

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How to remodel bathrooms with 1960s colors
Retro aqua and blue complement modern bathroom fixtures. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Bathrooms of the 1960s are known for their bold use of colour, while contemporary bathroom colours tend to be more neutral and basic. Whether your bathroom is filled with 1960s colours you can’t live with, or you yearn to bring some of that 1960s vibe into your colourless bathroom, there are several inexpensive ways to achieve your goal without a major remodel. By focusing on your bathroom’s existing colours, knowing the 1960s colour schemes, understanding colour palettes and playing with patterns, fixtures and accessories, you can either mute or highlight 1960s bathroom colours.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Know the 1960s bathroom colours schemes. Black and white carried over from earlier decades, especially in floors and tiles, while vivid greens, blues and reds were introduced in variations such as turquoise, aqua and pink. These colours weren’t just part of the fabric of the 1960s bathroom. They were the bones of it, including the tub, toilet, sink, flooring and wall tiles.

  2. 2

    Make a two-column list of the items in 1960s colours you cannot live with. Title one column “Major” and the other “Minor.” Major items include those that involve plumbing or contractor renovation, such as a new tub or wall tile removal, while minor items include paint, built-in accessories (toothbrush holder, for instance), medicine cabinets and faucet fixtures.

  3. 3

    Evaluate your list and plan to tackle the minor items first. Shop for a medicine cabinet that suits your more modern taste and remove any built-in accessory holders you can’t live with. If you opt for today’s popular mirror over a mirror-covered medicine cabinet, be sure you have the counter space or storage for your toiletries before removing the built-in storage. Also, consider a modern faucet fixture.

  4. 4

    Use white or another neutral colour that complements the 1960s colours of your bathroom in paint and accessories to further mute the 1960s colours. Bathrooms in the 1960s were often small, so a white/neutral shower curtain can go a long way to hiding that turquoise tub and tile. Be sure to measure for a shower curtain that runs to the floor and as high up to the ceiling as possible, and leave it outside the tub to hide the colour, using a plastic liner on the inside. Use white/neutral towels and floor mat(s) to cover floor tiles if necessary.

  5. 5

    Consult a contractor for items on your “Major” list.

  1. 1

    Know the 1960s bathroom colour schemes. Black and white carried over from earlier decades, especially in floors and tiles, while vivid greens, blues and reds were introduced in variations such as turquoise, aqua and pink. These colours weren’t just part of the fabric of the 1960s bathroom. They were the bones of it, including the tub, toilet, sink, flooring and wall tiles.

  2. 2

    Make a two-column list of the items in your bathroom you would like to remodel. Title one column “Major” and the other “Minor.” Major items include those that involve plumbing or contractor renovation, such as a new tub or wall tile installation, while minor items include paint, built-in accessories (toothbrush holder, for instance), medicine cabinets and faucet fixtures.

  3. 3

    Evaluate your list and plan to tackle the minor items first. Shop for a retro medicine cabinet with sliding mirror doors and built-in accessory holders, such as a towel ring and soap dish. Use towels, floor mats and a shower curtain in your favourite 1960s colour scheme for that retro “pop.” Also, consider a retro faucet fixture.

  4. 4

    Consider geometric patterns for that 1960s bathroom vibe. Simple, repetitive geometric patterns can be applied with paint or vinyl flooring over a weekend, and purchased in the form of towels, floor mats and a shower curtain.

  5. 5

    Consult a contractor for items on your “Major” list.

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