Design Around Vintage Pink Tile

The 1950s gave us a lot of good things: credit cards, Hula Hoops, and pink tile bathrooms! I struggle with those first two. Pink tile bathrooms though, have their own special charm! It seems like everyone is either working around, tearing out, or fighting to save their pink tile bathrooms. I don't actually have one... I wish! Our bathrooms came distinctly more boring than that. Pink bathrooms are all over the internet (did you know there is even a savethepinkbathrooms.com?) and I just can't resist throwing my own hat in the ring.

My inspiration is cheerful, bright, and whimsical - picture a sunset at the beach! Most of the pink tiled bathrooms I could find on the internet leaned more bold and glamorous, which looks amazing - but I don't think it's the only option when working with this classic tile!

Designing around vintage pink tile to create a bright, cheerful, whimsical space! danielle and co.

Style Board Elements

  1. "find a sunnier place" print by Emily Jeffords
  2. "spring winds" print by Emily Jeffords
  3. Bell White Flush Mount Lamp, CB2
  4. Alto Sconce, Cedar & Moss
  5. Metal Framed Wall Mirror, West Elm
  6. Spring Mint by Benjamin Moore
  7. Bunny Gray by Benjamin Moore
  8. Whale Shower Curtain, West Elm
  9. Devonshire bath and shower faucet set, Kohler
  10. Parkay Hamper, CB2
  11. Fieldcrest Luxury Egyptian Cotton Bath Towels, Target
  12. Devonshire towel ring, Kohler
  13. Avanity Brooks Double Sink Vanity, Lamps Plus
  14. Wooden Whale Nail Brush, CB2
  15. Zigzag Bath Mat, West Elm
  16. Waterscape Scented Candles, West Elm
  17. Dottingham Black Robe Hook, Lowes
  18. Vintage pink tile (usually comes with the bathroom, but our local architectural salvage place, Significant Elements, often has some in stock!)

The Cedar & Moss sconces are a big splurge, but they are just oh so lovely! If anyone knows of an affordable-look-alike, please let me know! The prints by Emily Jeffords are perfect. She has original paintings for sale too, but the price of the prints is very attainable. I've followed Emily Jefford's work for awhile now, and admire it very much. The shower curtain with little whales was just too hard to resist. :)

Check out a few inspiring rooms!

 
Designing around vintage pink tile to create a bright, cheerful, whimsical space! danielle and co.
 
Designing around vintage pink tile to create a bright, cheerful, whimsical space! danielle and co.
 
Designing around vintage pink tile to create a bright, cheerful, whimsical space! danielle and co.
 

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My favorite moments in the inspiration photos above are the lovely browns against the pink of the tiles; that simple, clean-lined vanity in the second photo, and the geometric floor tiles in the third. The pink adds this lovely soft glow to the whole space.

Have you ever lived with a vintage pink tile bathroom? If you had one, would you work with it or break out the sledgehammer?

Design Around Banana Leaf Wallpaper

I'm almost never the most fashion-focused (or fashionable) person in the room. I talk much more enthusiastically about crown molding than ballet flats, but I enjoy looking nice as much as most people so I follow just a few fashion-oriented blogs; it helps keep me from looking completely out-dated, and is something different to read than my usual stuff. One of my favorites is Hannah from Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget, and last month she shared a non-clothing-related post about the banana leaf wallpaper in her guest bathroom. A) I was excited because it was cool to see how she decorates her house and B) I loved how she paired gold elements with that very glamorous wallpaper! (It's shown as the fourth inspiration picture below).

There are many (many) round-ups of gorgeous rooms using banana and palm leaf wallpaper, and most focus on the Original Martinique wallpaper that made the look so famous (link is below). Banana-leaf motif is so very popular, even the Golden Girls endorsed it.

The two things I didn't find much of, though, were examples of it used in an office setting or links to furniture and decor that paired nicely with it. So, I put together my own style board and am sharing it today! My home office is currently a very tiny desk in a corner of our bedroom, but in my head there is a large, amazing, well-lit dream studio that could totally pull this look off.

Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.

Style Board elements

  1. Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal
  2. Black and White Art Print, Black Branches via Etsy
  3. Martinique Wallpaper, The Original Beverly Hills Martinique
  4. First Edition Adjustable Arm Reading Wall Lamp, Shades of Light
  5. Showtime by Benjamin Moore
  6. Agate Bookends, West Elm
  7. Rake Brass Chair, CB2
  8. Dahlia Marble Desk, CB2
  9. Large White Round Piper Tote Basket With Lid, World Market
  10. Surya Mykonos Rug in Eggplant, Rugs USA
  11. Chesterfield Black Leather Tufted Armchair, Overstock.com
  12. Ignatius Bar Serving Cart, Wayfair
  13. Lismore Diamond Decanter, Waterford

The Chesterfield is way more than I could afford, so I'd have to hope that would go maybe 70% off. Still, it's real pretty! Whenever I share style-boards, I struggle with including items that don't fit into my actual budget. I hope that for anyone with a similar budget to mine, they are able to online source more affordable version that still captures the spirit; I'm almost always able to!

While a lot of different looks can work with this tropical wallpaper, I leaned a little more Hollywood Recency-vibe than Safari-themed. It feels easier to fit into a variety of styles of homes, so wouldn't be out of place in less-sunny climates. The jewel-toned agate bookends and eggplant rug add some drama, and are a little unexpected. The mustard-hued paint (Showtime by Ben Moore) pulls out the deep yellow in the wallpaper pattern.

I was obviously a little inspired by Nate Berkus (his living room is the first inspiration photo shown below), but also by Gwen Hefner of the Makerista and her moody library and dining room.

 

Check out of a few inspiring rooms!

Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.
Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.
Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.
 
Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.
 

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While the above rooms fit most with my own aesthetic, I noticed examples a little more on-topic with furniture that looked like it could transition from indoor to outdoor, as seen here:

 

keep it tropical with the furniture

Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.

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I love the furniture shown in the example on the right! The best part is that furniture of this style can be found pretty easily, and at a variety of price-points. What I enjoyed most in all of the inspiration photos is how versatile this wallpaper can be; paired with pink it is feminine, with gold it is glamorous, with rattan it is casual. Still, if you're just not ready to take the plunge...



Not ready for a whole wall? Add just a touch!

 
 

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The best option of all? Obviously... cake.

 
Ideas to design an office space around banana leaf wallpaper! A bold pattern can mix well with modern and glamorous elements, from danielle and co.
 


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How random is that? For a ton of other awesome ideas around this pattern, check out this post by the Glam Pad and Pinterest (come hang out with me there!).

Are you inspired to try a tropical look? Or are you just craving cake now?

Design Around Bold Sheets

There are a few items that have haunted my wish lists and Pinterest boards for years. Yes, YEARS without my actually taking the plunge. Some are out of my budget, some I just haven't gotten around to, but some are because I'm intimidated. Sin Linen's Tattoo Sheets in Geisha Garden are one of those things. I'm not afraid to take a risk, but didn't quite have a vision of how I would make these bold sheets fit into a bedroom I'd still want to hang out in. I wondered whether I could make it work without it seeming forced or too crazy. I finally challenged myself to put together a mood board featuring these bed linens that looks pulled together and restful, while still bold and interesting.

My strategies included pulling out the more sophisticated colors from the pattern with coordinating furniture and accessories; in this case, a peacock blue and a mustard yellow. Bringing some bright metallics and warm texture made the bedroom still feel cozy and added depth. To take it to the next level, utilizing a third unexpected color (the blue that shows up in the rug and throw) helped create a casual not-too-matchy feeling.

Don't be afraid of bright colors and bold patterns in your bedroom! How to make bold sheets fit into a sophisticated, grown-up space at danielleandco.com
  1. Honeycomb Deluxe Headboard in Brushed Gold, Amazon
  2. Linen White by Benjamin Moore
  3. Filigree Lotus Metal Shade Pendant, Shades of Light
  4. Burnt Ember by Benjamin Moore
  5. Aqua Blue Chevron Weave Throw, World Market
  6. Mustard Yellow Basketweave Lumbar Pillow, World Market
  7. ai bud vases, CB2
  8. Peacock Blue Lorna Chair, World Market
  9. Tejn Faux Sheepskin, IKEA
  10. Jones 8-Drawer Dresser, West Elm
  11. Essex Upholstered Bench in Lagoon, West Elm
  12. Beteende Vase, IKEA
  13. Natural Solid Patterned Aqua Jute Rug, NOVICA
  14. Jones 3-Drawer Dresser, West Elm
  15. Gilded Scalloped Pot, Anthropologie
  16. Fig plant
  17. Tattoo Sheets - Geisha Garden, Sin Linen

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My concern was that the sheets are so specific, highlighting the colorful Asian vibe without it feeling like a "themed room" seemed challenging. The lotus pendant and tall black vase play off of the vibe, but still feel natural. Other elements are modern and more clean-lined; I like that it feels gender-neutral, too.

Check out of a few inspiring rooms that used colorful or quirky sheets in a mature and very pretty way:

 
Don't be afraid of bright colors and bold patterns in your bedroom! How to make bold sheets fit into a sophisticated, grown-up space at danielleandco.com
 
 
Don't be afraid of bright colors and bold patterns in your bedroom! How to make bold sheets fit into a sophisticated, grown-up space at danielleandco.com
 
 
Don't be afraid of bright colors and bold patterns in your bedroom! How to make bold sheets fit into a sophisticated, grown-up space at danielleandco.com
 

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Come hang out with me on Pinterest, to gaze at more beautiful bedrooms together!

Do you stick to solid-color sheets and subtle patterns, or do you go bold?