Kohler Is Bringing Back 2 Archived Colors, and the Winners Are…
Pastel toilets and punchy sinks have more fun.
Updated Feb 2, 2023 11:40 AM
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The days of stark-white toilets, tubs, and sinks dominating bathrooms are over. To celebrate its 150th anniversary, Kohler, the Wisconsin-based manufacturer best known for its plumbing fixtures, is embracing the rainbow. Last month, the brand announced its Heritage Colors campaign, which invited consumers to vote on their favorite vintage colorways they want to see revived later this year. The six contenders—Spring Green, Lavender, Peachblow, Sunrise, Avocado, and Pink Champagne—were previously only produced between 1927 and 1979.
After two weeks of tallying, Chair and CEO David Kohler and design expert Sophie Donelson announced at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show on February 1 that Spring Green and Peachblow came out on top. The two shades will now make their comeback as part of a limited-edition release this summer that will include these six best-sellers: Memoirs Two-Piece Concealed Toilet, Memoirs 24-Inch Pedestal Console Table, Artifacts Freestanding Bath, San Souci One-Piece Skirted Toilet, Vox Rectangular Vessel with Deck, and Farmstead Kitchen Sink.
While we wait for the big launch, we’ll be looking back fondly at a few of our favorite colorful bathroom moments inspired by these retro hues.
When it came to designing the kids’ bathroom in their London home, Charlotte and Angus Buchanan of Buchanan Studio doubled down on rosy features with a circa-1960s toilet and sink they scored from the Bold Bathroom Company. Their daughter naturally calls it her “princess bathroom.”
Salvage Your Vision
Going into her New Orleans reno, Breeze Braunschweig didn’t have a concept in mind, but between the Heath Ceramic wall tiles and the turquoise sink she scored from a junkyard, the finished space is a perfectly put-together mashup of old and new.
Soak in Cae-Sal Style
Inspired by her favorite dish of all time (a Caesar salad), chef Molly Baz turned her bathroom into a lettuce-colored oasis that suddenly has us craving veggies.
Make It Twice as Nice
Within this primarily neutral bathroom palette, matching mirrors turn these sunny side-by-side sinks into twinning jewel boxes that are bound to kick off anyone’s day with a smile.