Design Through the Decades – Part 16
As we’ve seen in Phoenix kitchens in the 1950s and 1960s, there were not a lot of significant changes either in bathrooms in the 1950s and 1960s. 4″ tile, enameled iron bathtubs, vitreous china sinks, and wood vanities were the norm in the 1960s. Let’s take a look a closer look at bathrooms from the 1960s.
The contrast trim color from the 1950s held on for only a year or two in the 1960s. This bathroom was built in 1960.
My house was built in 1960. This is my hall bathroom’s shower. The monochromatic peach tile is in pristine condition.
Another Phoenix bathroom from 1960.
This Scottsdale, AZ bathroom built in 1961 does not have a showerhead.
Here’s a bathroom from 1962 with a built-in medicine cabinet. The silver square to the right was a lazy susan to store your toothbrush and a drinking glass.
Scottsdale bathroom from 1962 with original tile and tub. Iron tubs are heavy and hard to remove, so many people keep them and have them reglazed (approx. $400).
Sometimes the tile had speckles.
Patterned tile emerged in the late 1960s.
Formica counter tops became very popular in the late 1960s as seen in this 1969 home.
Another Phoenix bathroom from 1969. This counter top had gold flecks in the Formica.
National advertisement from Kohler in 1960.
National advertisement from American Standard in 1960. The small colorful tile seen here came back in style as backsplash tile in Phoenix kitchens in the 2000s.