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sproos! Design Challenge designed by Lisa Chaves
sproos! Design ChallengeDesigned by Lisa Chaves
Primary Bathroom Finishes designed by Lacey Saggio
Primary Bathroom FinishesDesigned by Lacey Saggio
Green Garden Bath designed by Liz Nevil-Smith
Green Garden BathDesigned by Liz Nevil-Smith
Terrazzo Project designed by Ashley Revivo
Terrazzo ProjectDesigned by Ashley Revivo
Concrete Bathroom designed by Spoak
Concrete BathroomDesigned by Spoak
Naturalist bathroom designed by Carly Johnston
Naturalist bathroomDesigned by Carly Johnston
Powder room designed by Jillian Fiebelkorn
Powder roomDesigned by Jillian Fiebelkorn
Playful Vibe designed by Rosa Rodas
Playful VibeDesigned by Rosa Rodas
Downstairs Bathroom designed by Daniela Araya
Downstairs BathroomDesigned by Daniela Araya
Irongate House Mood Board designed by Frances Pearce
Irongate House Mood BoardDesigned by Frances Pearce
Guest bath designed by Jessica Grasshoff
Guest bathDesigned by Jessica Grasshoff
Tub Area designed by Brigid Duncan
Tub AreaDesigned by Brigid Duncan
Concept designed by Dawn McIntyre
ConceptDesigned by Dawn McIntyre
powder bath designed by Catie Porter
powder bathDesigned by Catie Porter
My Dream Bathroom designed by Leah Barth
My Dream BathroomDesigned by Leah Barth
Bathroom designed by Dria Sweet
BathroomDesigned by Dria Sweet
Untitled designed by Nellie Concilio
UntitledDesigned by Nellie Concilio
MODERN COASTAL BATHROOM designed by maggie finch
MODERN COASTAL BATHROOMDesigned by maggie finch
Glam bathroom designed by Ivonne Ortiz
Glam bathroomDesigned by Ivonne Ortiz
Einstein Guest Ensuite Bathroom designed by Kristi Kautz
Einstein Guest Ensuite BathroomDesigned by Kristi Kautz
MITZI X TALI ROTH designed by Tommi Cullen
MITZI X TALI ROTHDesigned by Tommi Cullen
Master Bath designed by Madison Subry
Master BathDesigned by Madison Subry
Sexy Time designed by Kate White
Sexy TimeDesigned by Kate White
Bathroom designed by Elizabeth Larkin
BathroomDesigned by Elizabeth Larkin

Design tips for decorating a mid century modern style bathroom

Here’s how to achieve the mid century modern aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a mid century modern bathroom?

On one hand, bathrooms are undeniably practical spaces. They serve a very specific purpose and are often the smallest rooms in any home. On the other hand, bathrooms also double as havens for cleansing and self-care, an intimate escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Small room, big personality.

Designing a mid century modern bathroom that's both functional and stylish involves combining practicality with aesthetic appeal. Whether you're in the process of a bathroom remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design**:

  • Tile: Tile is typically the first choice you’ll want to make when designing a bathroom. You may opt to tile the entire bathroom or just the floors in a powder room or backsplash for the shower or bathtub area. Select tiles that are durable, non-slip, and easy to clean. Tiles range in all different shapes, sizes, materials, and layouts. From penny rounds to large format floor tiles, zellige to subway tile, or checkerboard to herringbone, your choice of tile will set the tone for the whole bathroom. And don’t forget the grout! Your choice of grout color can completely change the way your tile looks in the space.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: If you don’t choose to tile your walls, you’ll want to select a paint or wallpaper that can withstand moisture and humidity. Vinyl wallpaper is best for this application. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Bathroom Vanity: The bathroom vanity should balance the mid century modern style with functionality, offering adequate storage and countertop space. The vanity provides place to wash hands or brush teeth, and storage for toiletries and personal care items. It’s common for modern bathrooms to include a vanity with a double sink. Sink options include under-mount, vessel, and pedestal sinks and range in materials from porcelain, stone, or glass.
  • Mirror or Medicine Cabinet: Choose a mirror or medicine cabinet that complements the vanity in size and style. Consider a framed mirror that matches the bathroom’s mid century modern design style, or a frameless mirror for a sleek, more modern look.
  • Toilet & Sink: The modern standard for toilets and sinks is white porcelain. But if you really want to make a statement, consider going with a color! Colored fixtures are having a comeback moment or you can source a vintage option.
  • Shower or Bathtub (for full baths): Depending on the size and layout of the bathroom, you may opt for a shower or bathtub (or a bathtub with shower combination). A shower will consist of a showerhead, faucet controls, and a shower enclosure (shower curtain or glass door), while a bathtub provides a space for soaking and relaxation. If you have the space, you may opt for a separate shower and a freestanding clawfoot tub.
  • Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood. Sconces are popular options for vanity areas.
  • Faucets: Faucets are an opportunity to add a decorative touch. Select finishes that match other metal elements in the bathroom, such as cabinet hardware or lighting fixtures. Consider water-saving models for environmental sustainability.
  • Mid century modern Bathroom Decor: From bath mats and shower curtains to soap dishes, toothbrush and toilet paper holders, bath accessories should be both functional and decorative. Coordinate the color and pattern with the overall color scheme and mid century modern style to bring your design vision to life.

If you are looking for more inspiration or need an extra hand with your bathroom design, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Bathroom.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a mid century modern bathroom design?

Mid-century modern interior design celebrates the aesthetic of the mid-20th century, characterized by organic shapes, clean lines, vibrant pops of color. This style reflects a love for sleek, timeless designs and an emphasis on both form and function making it a great design style choice for contemporary living.

The style's genesis post-World War II was a creative rebuttal to the period's austerity, with visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, and George Nelson at the forefront. These designers embraced novel materials such as molded plywood, fiberglass, and plastic to forge furniture that was not only aesthetically pleasing but also lightweight, durable, and accessible. Their work often featured futuristic elements reminiscent of space-age aesthetics, including aerodynamic forms and motifs like boomerang patterns and starbursts. Iconic mid century modern furniture pieces include platform beds, tulip bases for tables and chairs, and egg-shaped lounge chairs.

To achieve a mid century modern style in your bathroom, look for pieces with tapered legs, streamlined silhouettes, and organic curves. Furniture pieces are often made of teak, walnut, or rosewood, with polished finishes and fluid forms. You can add mid-century flair with accessories like a statement sculptural light fixture or funky wall art featuring geometric or abstract patterns. Don't be afraid to experiment with color and vibrant hues. Common mid century modern color palettes include burnt oranges, deep teals, and lime greens mixed with warm neutral creams and beiges. Many mid century modern spaces embrace a seamless flow between the indoors and outdoors. If you don’t have outdoor space, consider bringing the outside in with greenery and plants.

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