What colours go with a 1950's blue bathroom fixture?

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What colours go with a 1950's blue bathroom fixture?
Blue and green are found in nature and make a pretty colour combination for a bathroom. (green and blue image by Tolii from Fotolia.com)

The majority of homes built in the 1950s had bathrooms that were either blue, pink, green or yellow, or some combination of those four colours. The tile might have gone all the way up the wall, or half way up, and might have been trimmed in a darker hue of the same colour, or a different colour. Many of the houses with blue bathroom fixtures had neutral colours on the walls.

Embrace the look

Most of the homes that had blue fixtures in the 1950s were decorated in pink, yellow, white or a combination of all three. They also might have been decorated in a darker hue of blue, or even a light mauve. Mixing up any combination of these colours would enhance the beauty of your 1950s bathroom and restore it to its original look. A vintage American Standard brand of bathroom fixture's catalogue shows a bathroom with blue fixtures, a solid red floor, a pink shower curtain and pale pink walls. A catalogue for Crane brand of bathroom fixtures shows light blue fixtures with a dark blue floor, salmon-coloured walls and medium-blue curtains and towels.

Detract from the 50s

If you don't like the 1950s look, you could try to detract from it by incorporating more current trends in colour. Some of the current bathroom colours in 2010 include red, rust, terra cotta, deep forest green and emerald green. The old saying, "Blue and green should never be seen" went out the window ages ago. Combining blue and green is often a smart choice. Any of these colours would go with blue bathroom fixtures. If you hate the look of your blue bathroom fixtures, you can take attention away from them by calling attention to other things in the room. An interesting shower curtain with glitter, or an interesting pattern, will make the eyes go to that area and not the unattractive fixtures. Also, try an interesting picture on the wall or vase of flowers on the counter.


Neutral colours go with anything, so if you're afraid of your ability to match colours, try using the neutral colours for your bathroom. Some ideas might be black and white, dark brown and light brown or grey and beige. You can't go wrong with any combination of neutral colours.

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