From the House in Progress mailbag...
"I found your website while I was doing a search for interior paint colours, specifically a colour for my new bathroom...I want to stick with a Craftsman colour on the walls.......any suggestions? I was thinking about a rust/gold colour, chrome fixtures." - AJB
Good question! There are actually lots of resources, which means you can get plenty of great ideas. However, it also means there's no single easy answer.
The main decision that needs to be made about a bathroom is between being true to the bathroom itself or just more true to general bungalow colors. Before 1930 almost all bathrooms were white. It was considered sanitary. After 1930 the art deco movement started which introduced pastels and a wide range of more vibrant colors. This could include rust or gold, as you mentioned, or pretty much anything else. If you're looking to stay true to craftsman colors more than period bathroom colors, then the pallet below is probably more useful. Choosing a color comes down to personal peference.
Look around for old ads like these or books with photographs from the period you're going for. If you're looking for a single resource, it's hard to beat the book Bungalow Colors (although this focuses on exteriors) or a room specific book like Bungalow Bathrooms (which has a section on colors starting on p. 114).
The other part of the challenge is finding a paint made today that will match your find in books and photos after it dries on your own walls. This is no science, a bit of an art and even just trial and error. (Though, did you know that you can take a piece of cloth, the binding of a book--anything done in your preferred color--and a paint store will make paint as close as that color as they can...just for you? It is done with computers. Pretty cool.)
The following colors are from Sherwin-Williams' Historic Colors collection:
Selecting bungalow colors is a very common topic over at the American Bungalow discussion boards. A recent thread starts here. A popular brand over there is Devine Colors, although it is a bit pricey.
If anyone else has had good experiences matching historical bungalow colors, please share with everyone using the comment section below!