Eight stylish green bathrooms with a retro feel

Our latest lookbook features eight bathrooms from Dezeen’s archive where green paint, tiles and wallpaper have been used to create a stylish retro look.


The avocado bathroom suite popular in the 1970s has been much derided over the years, but green bathrooms are back in a big way.

These eight examples show how elements such as green geometric tiles, olive paint or verdant wallpaper can create tranquil, elegant spaces that nod to the past.

This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provide visual inspiration for designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include marble bathrooms, interiors with slides at their centre and homes with exposed brickwork.

Small House with a Monumental Shower, Portugal, by Fala Atelier

Porto architecture studio Fala Atelier added a chimney-style tower to a small granite home in Portugal that houses a bathroom and shower unit.

Pale green tiles clad the shower, which is lit by a skylight positioned at the top of the tower, and are offset by a petite sink nearby, which is finished in white marble.

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Retro green tiles at Zen Den

Zen Den, USA, by Working Holiday Studio 

The owners of Los Angeles office Working Holiday Studio renovated their own mid-century residence in Woodland Hills to include sea-green ceramic tiles in the bathroom.

Sourced from American firm Fireclay, the tiles clad the walls of the room and create a small nook by the bathtub that is designed to provide easy access to shampoo and other bath products.

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Fagerström House by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Geometric green tiles feature in the bathroom at Fagerström House, a colourful curved residence in Sweden that was designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune.

Cladding both the floor and the walls of the room as well as its ceiling, the statement tiles, which are also designed by the Stockholm-based studio, create an immersive green experience that is interrupted only by a luxurious white bathtub and accompanying sink.

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Bathroom with green and white tiles in St John Street warehouse apartment by Emil Eve Architects

St John Street, UK, by Emil Eve Architects 

St John Street is a converted warehouse apartment in Clerkenwell, London, by local architecture office Emil Eve Architects.

Gleaming dark green tiles feature in the bathroom, which are intended to reference the area’s Victorian history, and are offset by white tiles that brighten up the space.

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The Glass Ribbon by Scullion Architects

The Glass Ribbon, Ireland, by Scullion Architects

Irish studio Scullion Architects remodelled a house in Dublin to include sultry interiors in the kitchen and bathroom including dark forest-illustrated wallpaper and dark green marble elements.

Called The Glass Ribbon, the home was designed to incorporate retro features that intend to soften the metal and glass that was used to build a sunroom extension found at the back of the property.

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Stock Orchard Street home, UK, by Sarah Wigglesworth

Sarah Wigglesworth‘s RIBA Award-winning architecture project Stock Orchard Street home was overhauled in an effort to age-proof its interiors, among other things.

The bathroom was revamped to feature a level-access shower that is brightened by the jade-green colour of its intricately-tiled pillars.

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Mid-century home retro tiles

Stanford Mid-Century Modern Remodel/Addition, USA, by Klopf Architecture

More of Claesson Koivisto Rune’s geometric floor tiles are found in this bathroom at this home near Stanford University by American firm Klopf Architecture.

Reddish wooden storage cabinets contrast with the playfulness of the tiles, which are a deep shade of green.

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London apartment, UK, by Daab Design

Different shades of green are celebrated in the glazed terracotta tiles that were used to finish the bathroom at this London apartment with Georgian period features by local architecture office Daab Design.

The bathroom’s green theme extends from more than just its tiles, as olive-green painted walls envelop the space in a calming atmosphere that is intended to create the impression of a leafy garden reflecting green-tinged light into the flat.

Find out more about this London apartment ›


This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing domestic gyms, homes with striking fireplaces and cosy office interiors.

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