5 Ideas to Steal From This Soothing Pink Bathroom

Nathan Law

Whether you’re living in a compact city apartment or a sprawling home in the suburbs, your primary bathroom most certainly gets plenty of use day in and day out. So why not make it a space that’s relaxing, stylish, and filled with cheerful hues? Bathrooms don’t just have to be […]

Whether you’re living in a compact city apartment or a sprawling home in the suburbs, your primary bathroom most certainly gets plenty of use day in and day out. So why not make it a space that’s relaxing, stylish, and filled with cheerful hues? Bathrooms don’t just have to be blah and utilitarian—in fact, we’re all about thinking pink like Anne Sage did when designing this Art Deco–inspired loo for clients living in a 1920s home in Los Angeles. And if you’re loving this look, you’re in luck, because you can take several cues from the project and apply them to your own pink bathroom update. Read on to learn how.

Upgrade basic hardware

There’s no need to be married to your bathroom’s original drawer pulls and light fixtures, whether you’re a homeowner or a renter. There are plenty of offerings on the market that meet every budget and style preference. For this project, Sage sourced hardware from Rejuvenation, “One of my favorite resources for decor accents that straddle the line between vintage and modern,” she says.

Choose dazzling lighting

It’s integral that the bathroom has high-quality lighting to make getting ready for the day a breeze. But it’s a nice touch when these fixtures are aesthetically pleasing to boot. “The sconces in particular make my heart do a little happy dance,” Sage says of her Rejuvenation finds.

Fireclay Tile’s Sand Dune and Adobe tiles are paired with Polyblend grout in the bath nook. The aged-brass shower and tub fixtures from Rejuvenation complement a freestanding AllModern tub. The stool is a CBM Woodworks design.

Photo: Monica Wang

Design with meaning

Given that her clients’ home dated back to the 1920s, Sage wanted to maintain historical integrity in her design. “When I was researching bathrooms from the era that the home was built, I learned that arched motifs like the ones in this space were quite common,” she shares. “We decided that incorporating the arches into the new design was the perfect way to pay homage.”

The same concept applies to smaller touches too. If you’re able to source accents that not only look lovely but also tie in to the history of your home, it’s a win-win. “I loved learning that [the owners] were inspired by lighting found in a hotel built during the same era as this home,” Sage says of the sconces she purchased. “The rounded shape of them beautifully echoes all the curves found throughout this space.”

Opt for sophisticated staples

While honoring history is a key component of the design process, there are some pieces that must be replaced. Don’t hesitate to modernize elements of the bathroom that need a bit of a facelift. Here, Sage replaced the room’s dated vanity with a contemporary floating double-sink vanity from cabinetmaker BOXI by Semihandmade. “It both created more storage and also opened up the visual lines of that wall,” she explains. “I love the way a floating vanity frees up floor space to not only make the room seem bigger but also to make the bathroom easier to clean.”

The tub received an upgrade in the form of a freestanding model from AllModern, as well. “This definitely was a choice we made with an eye toward the resale value of the home, since a freestanding tub feels like a huge upgrade compared to a standard built-in,” Sage says.

Have fun with tile

As noted above, Sage designed the pink bathroom to have tiled arches, which add an unexpected and artful touch. She was deliberate in selecting the hues to feature. “Since we had the twin goal of giving a nod to the past while also modernizing the space, this blush, mauve, ivory, and sand palette of tile from Fireclay Tile felt like just the right fit—since these colors were popular both then and now,” she says.

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