The Golden Age of American Bathroom Design

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A while back, we looked at the evolution of the bathroom, and how gradual additions to our homes became an entire room completely dedicated to plumbing functions. Once that happened, designers were delighted. A whole new room to decorate! Surely homeowners will want their bathroom to be special! Whether or not that was true, once designer fixtures were offered -and advertised- people bought them.

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In the 1920s, the bathroom became a palette for bold colors and quirky design. After all, it was a small room, why not go crazy with it? Why not combine green and purple? Or other bright colors that would grow tiresome in a bigger room? This design trend lasted through the 1940s and '50s, and strangely toned down a bit by the 1960s. See a gorgeous gallery of 20th century bathroom fixtures and design offered by American companies at Messy Nessy Chic. I, for one, would jump on a bathroom with purple fixtures if they were available at my local hardware store.

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