Avente Tile celebrates Bathroom Blogfest 2010 with two posts this week. Today's post is from me, Bill Buyok. Our guest contributor and Tile Maven, Sunny McLean, will post later this week. Avente Tile is excited and honored to participate in this fun and perfectly planned blogfest orchestrated by Christine Whittemore of Simple Marketing Now LLC.
1960's Kitchen (scary).
Image from uglyhousephotos.com.
When I think of the 60s an image appears in my head similar to the one above. Let's face it. Nobody wants to be stuck there. Also, I think of pale peach bath tiles, white Formica with marble swirls and gold flakes, avocado green refrigerators, brown and gold mirrored wallpaper, and cheap cabinets made out of particle board with a badly-done faux wood grain plastic finish. My description is filled with negative connotations and implies there was certainly some lackluster design.
A typical 1960's bathroom might look like this:
Image from uglyhousephotos.com.
Did the designers of those days gloss over the details and make a mess of it? Are these more contemporary bathrooms that much better?
I say no. We forget that a 1960's bathroom was designed by and for someone living exactly at that time. It is easy to poke fun of something and find its flaws after 50 years have passed. Values and styles change and so do our needs. There's a generation gap, so to speak. We like the more contemporary bathrooms because we relate to them better. They are more familiar. In the 60s, the choice to use plastic (even for wood) was a 'hip idea', colored tubs and toilets where a thankful change after years of sanitary white, and bold statements with color were all about defining yourself as 'not part of the establishment'. Bathrooms were smaller and very utilitarian - folks didn't linger there. The concept of the urban spa didn't exist, so we didn't even know we could luxuriate in our home bath/spa. To help understand the 'generation gap' and how baths were viewed, take a look at the 1960 Kohler ad. The focus is on the housewife bathing her kids.
1960 Kohler Ad (with ubiquitous pink tile)
Image from uglyhousephotos.com.
A 1960's bath was darn nice if you were of course living in it during the 1960's. We are not stuck in the 60s. Here's some examples of how things have changed. Everyone is better at defining needs at the beginning of the project. People are better at understanding that what I want isn't going to be the same as what you want. Thank God, we don't all have to have the same peach-colored bath tiles. Our recent post, Discover Your Dream Bath, is a great tool for defining your bath goals.
There is a definite appreciation for customization. People want to express themselves through their home and use a large mosaic or decorative tile mural for a tub backsplash. Homes are built and remodeled with more bathrooms to accommodate kids, pets or guests. Bathrooms are larger and include storage, adequate space for personal items and guest towels, and plenty of hooks for towels and robes. Niches create space and add convenience for beauty products in the tub. Most folks (even in these tight times) include an allowance and incorporate some mini-home-spa features: an artisan tile backsplash, brushed nickel robe hooks or a spa tub. Finally, try to use more natural light, larger windows, and good ventilation. See, a lot has changed since the 60s. Now you can sit back and relax. Fix yourself an extra dry martini - shaken, not stirred!
This post is part of Bathroom Blogfest 2010, an annual blogging event in its fifth year. This is Avente Tile's first time to be a part of this event. Comments and feedback are always welcome. Don't be shy, feel free to chime in on this blog, Twitter, or Facebook pages and tell us what you think. Cheers to all the dedicated bloggers that make the event possible and fun. Thanks to our loyal readers who make our efforts appreciated. Accolades and a heart-felt thanks to Christine for producing the event. The participants in this year's Bathroom Blogfest are:
|Blogger||Blog Name||Blog URL|
|Susan Abbott||Customer Experience Crossroads||http://www.customercrossroads.com/customercrossroads/|
|Paul Anater||Kitchen and Residential Design||http://www.KitchenAndResidentialDesign.com|
|Shannon Bilby||Big Bob's Outlet||http://blog.bigbobsoutlet.com/|
|Shannon Bilby||Carpets N More Blog||http://blog.carpetsnmore.com/|
|Shannon Bilby||Dolphin Carpet Blog||http://blog.dolphincarpet.com/|
|Shannon Bilby||From The Floors Up||http://fromthefloorsup.com/|
|Shannon Bilby||My Big Bob's Blog||http://blog.mybigbobs.com/|
|Toby Bloomberg||Diva Marketing||http://bloombergmarketing.blogs.com/bloomberg_marketing/|
|Laurence Borel||Blog Till You Drop||http://www.laurenceborel.com/|
|Bill Buyok||Avente Tile Talk Blog||http://tiletalk.blogspot.com/|
|Jeanne Byington||The Importance of Earnest Service||http://blog.jmbyington.com/|
|Becky Carroll||Customers Rock!||http://customersrock.net/|
|Marianna Chapman||Results Revolution||http://www.resultsrevolution.com|
|Katie Clark||Practial Katie||http://practicalkatie.blogspot.com/|
|Nora DePalma||American Standard's Professor Toilet||http://www.professortoilet.com/|
|Nora DePalma||O'Reilly DePalma: The Blog||http://www.oreilly-depalma.com/blog/|
|Leigh Durst||LivePath Experience Architect Weblog||http://livepath.blogspot.com/|
|Valerie Fritz||The AwarepointBlog||http://www.awarepointblog.com/|
|Iris Garrott||Checking In and Checking Out||http://circulating.wordpress.com/|
|Tish Grier||The Constant Observer||http://spap-oop.blogspot.com|
|Renee LeCroy||Your Fifth Wall||http://yourfifthwall.com/|
|Joseph Michelli||Dr. Joseph Michelli's Blog||www.josephmichelli.com/blog|
|Veronika Miller||Modenus Blog||http://www.modenus.com/blog|
|Arpi Nalbandian||TILE Magazine Editor Blog||http://www.tilemagonline.com/Articles/Blog_Nalbandian|
|Maria Palma||People 2 People Service||http://www.people2peopleservice.com/|
|Reshma Bachwani Paritosh||The Qualitative Research Blog||http://www.onqualitativeresearch.blogspot.com/|
|David Polinchock||Polinchock's Ponderings||http://blog.polinchock.com/|
|Victoria Redshaw & Shelley Pond||Scarlet Opus Trends Blog||http://trendsblog.co.uk/|
|David Reich||My 2 Cents||http://reichcomm.typepad.com/my_weblog/|
|Sandy Renshaw||Around Des Moines||http://www.arounddesmoines.com/|
|Sandy Renshaw||Purple Wren||http://www.purplewren.com/|
|Bethany Richmond||Carpet and Rug Institute Blog||http://www.carpet-and-rug-institute-blog.com/|
|Bruce Sanders||RIMtailing Blog||http://rimtailing.blogspot.com/|
|Steve Tokar||Please Be Seated||http://stevetokar.wordpress.com/|
|Carolyn Townes||Becoming a Woman of Purpose||http://spiritwomen.blogspot.com/|
|Christine B. Whittemore||Flooring The Consumer||http://flooringtheconsumer.blogspot.com/|
|Christine B. Whittemore||Simple Marketing Blog||http://www.simplemarketingblog.com/|
|Christine & Ted Whittemore||Smoke Rise & Kinnelon Blog||http://smokerise-nj.blogspot.com/|
|Christine B. Whittemore||The Carpetology Blog||http://carpetology.blogspot.com/|
|Linda Wright||LindaLoo Build Business With Better Bathrooms||http://lindaloo.com/|