9 Best Midcentury Modern Bathroom Design Ideas

Spanning over several decades, mid-century modern is a behemoth of a style. It has its hands in every pot in terms of the shapes, colors, and textures that it encompasses. The same goes for bathrooms that emulate its style — some look so vastly different that it's hard to believe they're inspired by the same time frame.
While some of these characteristics can be found throughout (like wood vanities and vibrant paint colors or tile), you'll find that some powder rooms will hold more tightly to the vintage pastel colors of the '50s while others resemble the funky bohemian textures that entered in the late '60s and early '70s
But that's what makes this style so wonderful. While your bedroom, living room, and kitchen may already be decked out in lucite chairs, terrazzo tile, wooden buffets, and hairpin legged tables, it's time for your bathroom to get the mid-century modern treatment.

Embrace Wood Paneling

Wood and tile bathroom

It's a polarizing feature, wood paneling. Some think it's far too reminiscent of what could be considered a design faux pas of years past, but when constructed to perfection it can be a stunning addition to any bathroom. Try using it to frame your shower or line the walls and it'll serve as an instant time portal to mid-century modern style.


Focus on Lighting

Black and white bathroom

You can infuse a good dose of mid-century modern flair through lighting alone. The oblong wall-mounted lights here are sleek and play beautifully off of the sharp black hardware, mirror frame, and faucets. If you're going to spend money on one thing for refreshing a bathroom, lighting can do so much.


Don't Be Shy to Experiment With Color

Pink mid-century modern bathrooms

Pink, teal, olive green, and orange are just a few of the fun shades that were seen during the decades that mid-century modern covered. If you have a particular shade, like this fun bubblegum pink, that you're too timid to try in another room, coat the walls of your bathroom in it. You'll be staying true to your style and incorporating some extra fun tones.


Experiment With Shapes and Sizes

Gray and tiled bathroom

The different circumferences of circular shapes reflected in everything from the mirror to the cabinet pulls are a chic complement to the angles of the vanity and tiles used on the floor. This is a nice little added bit of detail that's reminiscent of mid-century modern design. The selection of neutral colors also means that this bathroom will stay timeless for decades. 


Cover Your Walls With Pops of Color

Green bathroom wall

This room feels a little Art Deco and a little mid-century modern. The tile and bold green on the walls matched with the cylindrical mirror and rounded lights make this powder room an absolute show stopper (we're about ready to grab our own paint brushes). The jewel-toned hue, which can be found during any number of style eras, make for a bathroom that feels fun and far from boring.


Make a Minimalist Mark

Black mirror in bathroom

Sure, many mid-century modern palettes include bright and bold tones, but muted color schemes are equally as popular. If you prefer quiet shades in your bathroom, stick with beiges, browns, grays, blacks, and metallics. A clean, simple bathroom like this is also reminiscent of Scandi-inspired spaces.


Glue Together Art Deco and Mid-Century

Blue tile shower

The blues in this bathroom are an unbelievably elevated way to blend two iconic periods of style. The bold shade and metallic finishes could be found in both the golden era and during mid-century modern's reign of architecture and interiors. If you're not opposed to monochrome (or the closest thing to it), it's worth considering copying this look.


Lace in Just a Hint

White, black, and wood bathroom

It's completely possible to incorporate just a few touches of mid-century modern style to your bathroom if you appreciate several aspects but are satisfied with the set up you already have. Here, a wooden bar across the vanity, a rounded and angular mirror, and thick black accents all contribute to a slight air of mid-century modern without completely transforming the space.


Introduce Mid-Century Modern to Cottage

Cottage bathroom

This may be another style duo that you wouldn't expect to work out, but they certainly do. The soft elements of an English cottage (like the print wallpaper and beadboard) are a stunning contrast against the black metal mirror and matching sconces. The wood touches are a nice mixture of both, and together, this bathroom is one you'll want to spend plenty of time in.

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