It's Time to Bring Color Back in the Bathroom.

Bathrooms in shades of pink and blue and yellow and green were common in the 50s and 60s, and even into the 70s and 80s, but then something happened — we got scared. One too many avocado bathrooms turned bathroom design completely in the other direction, towards the safe and the neutral. That's meant a whole lot of beige and white bathrooms (and maybe black if you're feeling really daring). But I think it's time to bring color back to the bathroom. Here are seven surprisingly sophisticated ways to make that happen.

Above: You've seen subway tile — you've probably seen a lot of it — but what about pink subway tile? In this bathroom from Home Adore, colored subway tile creates a twist on tradition without being too wild.

I'm a little in love with these colored faucets and taps by Vola, spotted in a bathroom on Freunde von Freunden.

Colorful vintage fixtures can be quite delightful in a modern bathroom, as seen on Inside Out. Check your local architectural salvage shop for something similar.

This colorful cement tile by Popham Design makes a big splash on the floor of a bathroom.

Vintage-looking clawfoot tubs are back in a big way — so why not add a little color to your bathtub? Image from My Scandinavian Home.

A colorful sink adds a surprising spot of color in a bathroom from My Domaine.

We're starting to see more and more colorful cabinets in the kitchen — so why not do the same in the bath? This bathroom cabinet in a particularly lovely shade of lavender is from Style at Home, via Tiffany Leigh Interior Design.

(Image credits: Home Adore; Freunde von Freunden; Inside Out; Popham Design; My Scandinavian Home; My Domaine; Style at Home)