1920s Colors

Jazzy to traditional bed and bath color from the Roaring '20s

The following images were published in home magazines during the 1920s.


1929 Bathroom

Variegated tile in the first bathroom creates a range of blues and greens. Borders of purple and chestnut brown on what appears to be a biscuit ground for the tile floor open up the room. Modern, Deco influences are seen in the light fixtures. Additional interest comes from the scattered dark blue tile and white towels with a rust border. Tying it together, a grape border runs around top edge of the tile. This room would have been interesting in just about any home including the English or Mediterranean styles.

Crane 1926 Bathroom

The second bathroom with its clean white fixtures and dusty colors would have fit well into one of the colonial-style homes that were so popular at the time.

The base color is taupe with a green caste to it. The trim is a dark dusty rose most likely taken from the rose, ivory, and taupe wallpaper. The floor appears to be a deep red mahogany-color tile or linoleum. The shades on the vanity lights are more a peach gold on a brass fixture. Muted khaki green towels provide a nice complement to the rose tones.


1923 Armstrong Bedroom

The first bedroom appeared in Better Homes & Gardens in 1923 as an advertisement for Armstrong Linoleum. The grey and pink patterned floor is lineoleum with a few two-tone pink rungs to anchor the room. The furniture is representative of some of the folk styles that were popular. The grey and pink is carried throughout the room in the furniture, flooring, and walls. The hand-painted furniture with its floral motif ties in with the the floral valance and what is probably a grey striped wallpaper. The desk is a grey-green with a dark pink stripe. The bed, chest, and bedside table, and desk chair could be painted to match or contrast. A dark green paper shade on a candlestick lamp with a floral design continues the motive. The dark pink armchair and bedspread match the pink carpets. Crisp white curtains, a brass bedside lamp, and brass sconces complete the look.

1927 Armstrong Bedroom

The second bedroom from the 1920s is also an Armstrong creation. The floor is a deep vibrant blue with hooked rugs. The walls are a dusty peach with a biscuit color trim and chair rail. Above the chair rail is a diamond-patterned wallpaper in blue, biscuit, and rose. The style overall is clearly a colonial interpretation. The furniture is walnut, and could easily incorporate either antiques or modern colonial reproduction pieces. Textiles are simple white curtains with a blue ball fringe to match the bedcover. An wingback armchair is upholstered in a blue and purple print. A desk lamp has a pink pleated shade and other small accessories are pewter.