Coloured bathroom suites are tipped for a comeback this year. So if you are bored with your white bathroom suite, then it might be worth waiting a little while if you are thinking of updating your bathroom.
Retro style has been popular in most rooms of the house for a number of years, however, the retro bathroom has yet to appear. I have seen a few half-hearted attempts at a fifties or sixties style bathrooms, but they all lack the vital ingredient: the coloured bathroom suite.
For many the coloured suite is still an abomination. Have a look at this question on Yahoo answers Where can I get a coloured bathroom suite?. The poster is quick to state that he himself prefers white, but is posting on behalf of an elderly relative!
60s bathroom suites
In the sixties, coloured suites were all the rage. White was boring. Look at this beautiful Naiad suite from 1965. Blue was a popular colour in the 60s. Other favourite colours were pastel shades of turquoise, pink, green or yellow. Although most people think of sixties' colours as lots of psychedelic patterns, pastel shades were popular in the home for most of the decade. Understated modernity was the look.
Bathroom designers in the sixties concentrated on the shape and style of the fittings, as well as the colour. Elegant, slim pedestals for the basins were popular. In some cases the pedestals were precariously thin. Round basins were popular. The overall look was modern efficiency with a hint of style.
White bathrooms were still fitted in the sixties. It was often the cheaper option. Usually the builder would fit a white bathroom suite in a new house unless the buyer wanted to pay extra for something different.
There was a fashion to have modern style taps in sixties' bathrooms. Very few original taps have survived. If you do have a 60s bathroom, it might be worth getting the taps re-chromed and the washers replaced.
Buy coloured bathroom suites
If you want a coloured bathroom suite to create a retro look, or you want to replace a basin or a bath, but don't want to throw away the whole suite, then eBay is a good place to look. There is a good selection of secondhand bathroom suites in pink, blue, green or turquoise. You might also find some peach, avocado or burgundy classics there.
More on coloured bathroom suites
If you need to replace a cracked wash basin, then go to Bathroom Ceramics - Discontinued Colours for a full range of replacement ceramics. They re-glaze existing white suites in any of 70 different colours. They also offer some two-tone colour combinations which were popular in the 80s and 90s.
we have a sink, toilet and bath. Bath is plastic. Toilet and sink perfect condition.
lyn" Lyn 12/01/2014
While on holiday this spring, of course it was white everywhere I stayed, and you know what: it was lovely to come home to avocado, however tatty!" Helen 25/07/2014
I have a 70's powder blue bathroom suite in very good condition for sale. Please get in touch if interested.
Amanda" Amanda 16/03/2015
It's a shame to throw out if some one has a use for it"" Rob 10/07/2015
I'm hoping to move into a house with a fabulous pink bathroom suite which I'd like to keep. What colours can I put with it paint wise to complement it but give a more up to date look to the bathroom?g3a" Cudi 05/08/2015
Thankyou" Katie Earp 22/09/2015
Hopefully soon coloured suites will become readily available." Heather 09/11/2015
Chas 14/11/2015" Chas 14/11/2015
we are looking for a 1960s or 1970s bathroom suite. If you are hoping to sell yours, please contact me!" Ju 24/01/2016
I have 2 retro bathroom suites that we are going to be removing from our property.
The first consists of a toilet sink and bath in a orange colour and the other is a toilet sink and shower tray in a green colour. Could you let me know if you are interested in buying
Kimberly" kimberly 26/01/2016
I have a 1959 Johnson Bros's (Hanley) Ltd blue bathroom suite. It consists of an enamel bath, sink with pedestal and toilet pan with cistern.
Would you be interested in buying it and how much are you willing to offer?
Joe" Joe Edwards 26/01/2016
Basin, pan and cistern. Co-ordinating accessories: 2towel rIls, wall mounted soapdish and toilet roll holder.
The bath is acrylic.
It is in greet condition, and seems a pity to discard it if there is someone interested in making an offer and having use from it." Jan Anderson 11/04/2016
I have a primrose yellow bathroom suite from the 1970s if anyone would like to buy.
toilet, basin, heavy long bath, ceramic tile toilet roll holder, chrome towel rail and circular towel holders, ceramic tile soap dish and white/yellow tiles
Bath panel has silver strip edges" sindee 29/05/2016
I am a fashion student at the London college of fashion and I am looking for either a pink or lilac bath to buy/have or even lend for a day or to hire someone's pink 1960s bathroom! I know this is a it if a strange request any help would be appreciated or even if you know somewhere public that has a nice tiled pink location like a swimming pool ect. In and around London.
Please email me at email@example.com
Thankyou" Grace jenkinson 31/05/2016
I may be too late, but just seen your ad on retrowow re primrose yellow bathroom suite. I am interested. Do you still have it and if so could you please send me photos? fingers crossed.
Zoe HP 07723043740" zoe 05/06/2016
We have a full avocado suite with gold & amber fittings and accessories FOR SALE. There's a Bath with splashback, mirror and soap holder. Toilet,sink and shower tray. Accessories are bath side & end panels, toothbrush holder, soap dish, towel ring, shower shelf, toilet brush holder and double toilet roll holder" martin 08/07/2016
I've got a pale pink, shell shaped bathroom sink on pedestal to sell.
Would look wonderful in a kitsch, retro bathroom!
Based in East London. Contact asap if interested." Sara 22/10/2016
We are in Bristol" Mike 23/10/2016
1970s/early 80s" Hannah Clarkson 11/02/2017
Clarksonh14@gmail.com" Hannah Clarkson 11/02/2017
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