For the love of avocado bathrooms


Okay. I have a confession to make. My name is Becky and I actually like avocado bathrooms. So much so, that when we were thinking about how to design the new en-suite bathroom in our loft room, I found myself Googling avocado bathroom suites for sale, and scouring the Ebay listings for them (you’ll be surprised, or maybe, unsurprised, at just how many there are out there). Liking a challenge, and thinking outside the box a bit, I saw no reason why we couldn’t make one work, and not just work, but super-stylish too.

In fact, the only reasons we didn’t go for one in the end, is a combination of time (we had a wedding to plan and no time to go and physically investigate any online finds), and practicality (we had a small, very specific space to play with, and our builders said it would be very complicated). 

Don’t get me wrong, these avocado suites, in a beige tile and carpet floor setting MING (there’s a lot to be said for leaving some elements of the 70s behind), but if you look objectively, why shouldn’t such a suite work with slick subway tiles, carefully chosen accessories, and more modern, neutral flooring? Why should everything be white, white, white?

And it’s not just avocado- there are some great, retro-inspired (and reclaimed) bright bathrooms about. Quite possibly one of my favourite website names ever,, stocks a plethora of long-forgotten retro beauties just waiting to be given their chance to shine once more.

Here are some of my favourite retro-bathroom looks- all hail the people brave enough to really ‘go for it’ when it comes to championing the ugly duckling of the bathroom world….

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What do you think?

Do you reckon you could ever use a retro bathroom in your home?!

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38 thoughts on “For the love of avocado bathrooms”

  1. Nooooooooo!!! I love your style but nothing you can say can convince me this is a good idea πŸ˜‰ Walk away from your laptop, Becky, walk away.

    1. No? Can I not convince even you?! I will walk away this house, but I would never say never if we ever moved! πŸ˜‰

    1. I don’t think many people are sure about the avocado to be honest! I don’t think I’m going to turn people!

  2. Not sure you’ve sold me on the avocado, but I can definitely get on board with that sea green number with the lovely taps! And I’m sure I’ve seen some retro pink baths that I’ve thought were actually pretty lovely too. I could be convinced I reckon! #HomeEtc

  3. I personally don’t like the avocado as I am not a green person, but I can see how it would work, but all hail the pale blue and the deco style, if I ever did a bathroom that is how I would do it – LOVE

  4. Haha, Love Rachel’s comment – and I’m with her on that! In all the photos they’ve done a grand job of making the coloured suites work – ish, but you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear now can you? (I was going to say you can’t polish a turd, but as it’s about bathrooms, thought that might be taking the metaphor in the wrong direction!) #HomeEtc

  5. My parents still have an avocado suite. ???? It is hideously retro! But knowing your good styling I reckon you could really pull it off!

  6. Oh Becky this has me giggling out loud!! I’m totally with Rachel – those bathrooms you’ve found our great and quirky perhaps in a kind of retro hotel but no-one could convince me they belong in someone’s home πŸ™‚ I DO agree with you about white. What is this weird obsession with covering everything with Tip-Ex?!?! Xx #HomeEtc

  7. Nooooooooo, I am not a fan of the avocado but mainly because it reminds me of my Granny and Grandad’s bathroom from when I was a kid. They had one of those toilet roll dolls too? Do you know the one I mean, with the big dress that hid the toilet roll. I am sure that you could make an avocado bathroom work though! I will be interested to see what you decide on πŸ™‚ #HomeEtc

  8. Am I the only one that LOVES coloured bathroom suites? Everyone has white fittings which is pretty dull if you ask me! Green is one of my favourite colours so I am digging the avocado and teal options. Imagine an avocado suite with gold taps in a luxe mid-century style room. Yum!


  9. I’m not sure about avocado, I grew up with one so a few too many memories, but I loved my grandmother’s house for its colour, she had a pale blue cloakroom a pink bathroom and a turquoise one and they were gorgeous!!

    1. Ooh the old houses are the best! My Nan had a pale pink suite too, which I thought was grim at the time, but now I think I could work with it!

  10. Hmmmm not to my taste πŸ˜€ But it could be worse! I quite like the duck blue and the green, but personally I prefer a much more modern style for bathrooms. I think you can make it work, if you go for something a bit more bright than the traditional avocado and pair it with neutral, maybe white, or a light bright colour as a background. I still wouldnt have it in my home πŸ˜€ #homeetc

  11. I love the sea green one with deco taps but apart from that β€” no. We had a sugar pink bathroom set at home until about 10 years ago. I couldn’t understand why my mum and dad were happy to keep it for so long β€” it definitely outstayed it’s welcome!! But not as long as the ‘pampas grass’ coloured loo and sink they STILL have in their downstairs loo!!!!! Aaargh, That’s just NEVER going to be replaced!!! Thanks so much for linking up with us chick πŸ™‚ #HomeEtc

  12. I lived with my parents avocado one for most of my childhood life and so I have a real hatred for them…! White all the way for me! Plus it looks so much cleaner and newer!!!!!! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing & linking up again lovely, good to have you! #HomeEtc

    Jess xx

  13. I like the avocado/ orange combo in one of the photos but I don’t think I could convinced hubby to have them in our house lol #HomeEtc

  14. I’m not sure have converted me but I actually love the picture of the twin avocado sinks with the orange taps, looks really cool and quirky! xx

  15. I think it was Hey Natalie Jean who had a lovely pink bathroom suite in her last apartment? Or maybe it was avocado? Whichever, I really liked it!!

  16. Whenever I mention I’d like a coloured bathroom suite, people seem to gasp, it’s never a positive reaction. I think you can definitely have coloured porcelain and still have your bathroom look more modern and trendy than ever! Love this post!

  17. Reckon that 1st pic is PAMPAS not Avocado? – Got the exact same in my rented house, it’s a Khaki colour much less green than Avocado, I wondered what it’s official colour was & found it on an old advertising colour swatch.
    I always thought bath suites should be white but after looking at pics, I’m really warming to turquoise! – I realise they still made these colours, must be a demand!
    Why not; have whatever makes you happiest Becky! People can be so boring, frightened, with their homes, terrified it’s not trendy or exactly the same as someone else’s! – life’s just too short.

    1. Actually, I’m beginning to like the idea of a coloured bathroom just to be off-beat, they seem to really stir people! – Not dark or dismal colours tho’ colour, it’d have to pink or warm blue. We had 1 of the kid’s 4yr old friend’s burst into tears at the sight of a the khaki coloured Pampas toilet, that’s really not the type of reaction I’m after πŸ™

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