In my humble opinion, mid-century modern aesthetics are the best. I find mid-century modern interiors to be the most stylish, timeless, calming, ergonomic, and satisfying rooms to behold. Emerging in the 1950’s, mid-century modern has stood the test of time, and designers still continuously take inspiration from this incredible time period.
While I’ve been obsessed with mid-century modern aesthetics for a long time, I didn’t necessarily understand what qualified something as being mid-century modern inspired, so I looked it up! Simplicity is really king when it comes to anything MCM. There’s a focus on clean lines, minimal detail, functionality, and really ergonomic and satisfying shapes. Tones are usual neutral, using natural materials, but you can almost always expect a fun pop of color or an unusual shape.
Some other features that you can expect from a mid-century modern room include an incorporation of outdoor spaces to the indoor spaces, interesting geometric shapes, and an inclusion of attractive patterns and textiles.
While it’s more common to see mid-century modern living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms, it’s a little bit less common to see mid-century modern bathrooms. The MCM characteristics are a little bit less obvious to point out, but we think we’ve collected a really gorgeous collection of mid-century modern inspired bathroom designs. Hopefully they will fuel all of your very own bathroom renovation projects!
1. The Dual Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: We’re starting out with a bathroom that is doing a great job of using mid-century modern aesthetics, but combining that with a modern execution. This room starts with three different materials for the floors: dark gray tiles, a stone mosaic strip, as well as some hardwood by the window.
This brings us towards a beautiful stone facade that has been painted with for the backsplash, and really staying true to that mid-century modern characteristic of letting the outside bleed into the inside, we have a wonderfully enormous wood framed window that takes up an entire wall. It’s quite a stark contrast seeing the natural greenery outside compared to the white features of the room.
Features: This fantastic room features a double sink vanity area with simple white cabinets, but a lovely wooden countertop featuring matching top-mount bowl sinks. Above this we have a landscape situated mirror with some clever lighting implemented in the back of it.
Decor: This room is really keeping true to mid-century looks in that it is very minimally decorated. The only additional items we see are both made of a rustic wood that very much resembles teak: an adorable little stool to brush your teeth on, and a bath mat. Otherwise, the beautiful view on the other side of those windows are doing much of the decorative work for us.
2. The Everything Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: This spacious mid-century modern primary bathroom begins with beautiful limestone tiling that is accompanied by little accent areas made from dark hardwood. The lower half of the room is decorated with a stucco finish, while the upper half has been painted a neutral tone of off-white. One super MCM characteristic is the exposed wooden beams on the ceiling. Gorgeous!
Features: This primary bathroom has some pretty superb stuff going for it. The room starts with two vanity areas that are situated opposite of one another, complete with hardwood cabinets, a white countertop, and a top-mount bowl sink.
For the bathing areas we have a great shower room complete with a waterfall shower head, a stone accent strip, and a quaint little sitting bench right in the shower room. My personal favorite aspect of the space is the glorious dark gray ceramic tub that is slightly shaped like a boat, and set in front of a beautifully big window.
Decor: This space doesn’t need much in terms of decoration, since each aspect of the room is decorative in its creation. What we do get are bursts of life and color from the little potted plants, a nice bit of texture thanks to the bath mat, and some clever lighting to illuminate!
3. The Simplicity Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: This simple and bright primary bathroom is more on the subtle side of mid-century modern, but the shapes really let us know where the inspiration comes from. The room starts with some gorgeous large gray tiles and simple white walls, but where it gets really special is in the landscape mirror, the landscape window on the opposite side of the room, and the small skylights letting that natural light beam in.
Features: Another characteristic that we haven’t mentioned yet is the fact that a lot of mid-century modern furniture is rather low set and rectangular in shape. In this space we see both the double vanity with gorgeous hardwood cabinets, and the white porcelain tub sporting that same characteristic.
Decor: This room is not let yet lived in, but I think what would really elevate the space would be some hanging plants (with windows like that, the room is just begging for some plant life!) and maybe some burnt orange towels or bath mats for a bit of color.
4. The Elemental Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: I think this primary bathroom is one of my favorites in the collection. Starting with rich chocolate colored tiles, we’re met with standard and simple white walls, but what makes the room really special is the perfectly square window set right above the bath tub. I always love the idea of having a tub right next to a window, but in this case, it looks like they were made for each other.
Features: The only features we see in the room are the sublimely deep porcelain tub set below a window, and an open shower room with a waterfall shower head. I fine the marbled stone that has been used for the shower walls to be particularly beautiful in shade and pattern.
Decor: While there isn’t currently any decoration in this room, there’s so much room to play! This room is begging for some color in my opinion, and some deep orange would be just marvellous. Add some highly textured towels and maybe a mobile above the bathtub, and you’re all set with a perfect bathroom.
5. The Ruby Red Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: We’re switching gears a little bit with this bathroom. While it is completely different from the others that we’ve seen, funnily enough it is still holding fast to the mid-century modern aesthetic. This cool space starts with some simple white tiles for the floor, but what gets really interesting is the fact that all of the walls are mirrored, save for an accent wall that is made purely of metallic red miniature tiles. I find this so special.
Features: This room is probably rather dramatic to enter. Not only because all of the walls are mirrors which is already a trippy thing to see, but the cabinets are mirrored as well! We get a break from the mirror with a black countertop that’s been topped with a top-mount bowl sink. The shower room is encased in clear walls and all set up with a waterfall shower head.
Decor: I would personally take the opportunity to soften up the space a little bit in this room, perhaps with a purple orchid on the counter for some contrast, maybe some sand colored bath mats in a soft texture, and maybe some blushing pink towels for color.
6. The Pop Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: We’re switching gears yet again and seeing something that is still mid-century modern inspired, but it lives more in the fun, poppy, and slightly unconventional side of things. The foundation of the room is super simple with white walls, white floors, white ceilings, and a little peekaboo window.
Features: The only feature with see in the space is the vanity, but my oh my isn’t it cool! A simple white vanity has been made special simply by using two bold and contrasting colors for each of the drawers. The surface is a simple white countertop with an under-mount sink and classic hardware.
Decor: The decor in this space is obviously what makes the room special. Set atop the counter we have various colorful trinkets, a set of three blown glass vases (that look so luminous in front of the bright window) and framed artwork on every side of the room. So cool!
7. The Geometric Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: Yet another super funky room that has a pretty basic foundation, but is made special by the after additions of the room. This awesome space starts with a speckled stone floor (one of my favorite features) and some white walls. The designer got really funky with the shower room tiles and arranged the rectangular white and green tiles into a really cool geometric pattern – which is very characteristic of mid-century modern rooms.
Features: This cool bathroom is equipped with a standard porcelain toilet and a white vanity with a shining white countertop and under-mount sink. The big mirror that’s the same length as the vanity not only helps make the room feel more expansive, but it also gives us a little peek at the artwork in the other room!
Decor: I really love how the shower walls are in themselves acting as decoration for the space. The remaining decor we have is in the framed artwork in the bathroom itself, but also in the room guiding you there. As we know, no room stands alone, and I’m sure the journey towards the bathroom is just as cool.
8. The Treehouse Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: This smaller mid-century modern bathroom is really saving on space, making me think that it may actually be situated in a tiny home! This cool room starts with some white tiles on the floor, which run us up to the beautiful mosaic tiling found in the shower room/toilet room. Using subtly different colors for the tiles creatures a cool sense of texture and dimension.
Features: This bathroom features a vanity with lovely dark hardwood cupboards, a white countertop, and a generously sized top-mount bowl sink. Where the room gets really cool is in the fact that the shower room doubles as the toilet room. The waterfall shower head is set right above the toilet, making me think that the floor is slightly slanted towards a drainage hole.
Decor: While this room could probably feel a little bit cramped, it feels less so thanks to that nice big window that gives you a peek into the outdoors. This is especially nice that it’s set next to the shower room. I mean who doesn’t want to feel like they’re showering in nature?
9. The Tiled Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: We’re switching gears a little bit with this spacious, mid-century modern inspired primary bathroom that starts with gorgeous limestone tiles for the floor, which guides us up to super subtle light blue tiles for the walls, shower walls, and siding for the tub. I particularly love how the tiles of the floor and walls look like sand on a beach, and tropical blue ocean cascading over it.
Features: Dark hardwood has been used for the cabinets of the vanity in this room, but it’s topped with a lovely speckled stone countertop and a small under-mount sink. I really like how the frame used for the landscape mirror above the vanity is the same wood as the cabinets.
I also really adore the bath tub area. I love how it’s situated in its own little nook, and it becomes even more special since it’s set below it’s very own window with a beautiful view outside.
Decor: All of the features in this room are so lovely that you really don’t need that much decoration, but we get some. Cute little cacti sit atop the countertop, while a fuzzy teal bath mat hangs over the edge of the huge tub. There is one hundred percent a framed photo of a naked woman in the reflection of the mirror. Fabulous.
10. The Pool Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: I like how this room is like a different rendition of the one that we just saw! We have very similar limestone tiles in a gorgeous sandy color, and tiny blue tiles with ever so slightly different shades for each. Again, it looks like sparkling water running over a sandy beach, which is obviously the perfect choice for a bathroom.
Features: I really love all aspects of this primary bathroom, starting with the exquisite vanity with highly grained wood used for the cabinets, and a really gorgeous stone countertop with the sink carved right out of the slab. This entire feature is very mid-century modern inspired. The fact that the same tile has been used for all the walls and the shower room really makes me feel like I’m at the pool, which is exactly how I want to feel in a bathroom.
Decor: While we don’t have any decoration in the room at the moment, I can really see it coming to life with a purple orchid on the sink (the purple would look so beautiful against the blue), maybe a wooden bath mat, and potentially some patterned towels for a little bit of fun. What do you think?
11. The Speckled Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: This super cool bathroom idea starts with tiles and ends with tiles. We have gorgeous multicolored blue hexagonal tiles that have been used for the floors and shower walls, and they have an amazing metallic sheen to them that almost makes them seem like fish scales. Shining white tiles have been used for the walls, and a sweet little landscape peephole skylight lets some natural light in.
Features: A tankless porcelain toilet is a great way to make the least elegant room of the house to feel a little bit more so. I personally adore this speckled stone vanity with a sink that has been carved right out from the stone.
Decor: With such gorgeous blue tiling, you really don’t need much else in order to make the room feel complete. A wooden framed mirror adds a little rustic element, and a series of hanging light bulbs add a cool industrial feel.
12. The Sandy Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: I think this is my personal favorite of the collection. This bathroom is minimal, elegant, and warm and inviting all at the same time. This perfect bathroom starts with dark brown tiling for the floors, and the entire rest of the room is created from this gorgeous stone that looks like a combination of limestone and jasper. It has a beautiful pattern to it, and such a warm sandy color.
Features: This beautiful bathroom features a tankless toilet, a bidet, a vanity with the same stone countertop and wooden cabinets, as well as a combined shower and bath room. The stand up shower features a waterfall shower head and a gorgeously deep tub set below a little skylight with black framing. So elegant.
Decor: This glorious mid-century modern primary bathroom is elevated with more boho-chic elements, like the hardwood stool, the fun patterned and textured rug, the vase of dried flowers next to the tub, and framed art on the wall. Minimal, organic, perfect.
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13. The Model Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: Another very beautiful addition to this collection, this elegant bathroom starts with a mosaic of small wooden tiles that look copper colored. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a wood tiled floor, but it’s inevitably lovely. The walls are made from a really gorgeous, lightly textured, sand colored tile.
Features: This beautiful bathroom features a generously sized double vanity area with sliding wooden doors, and two under-mount bowl sinks. Though the room is big enough already, a huge mirror encasing the entire area above the vanity makes it feel even more expansive.
Decor: Finally a room that is completely decorated! This stunning space comes equipped with a happy bamboo plant in the corner, a lovely ceramic vase with fresh flowers, a cool hanging light fixture, and an even cooler framed print. I find this primary bathroom particularly stylish.
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14. The Bright Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: I’d say that this bathroom is more on the modern side of mid-century modern designs. It’s using those narrow and low shapes, minimal designs, and simple aesthetics, but all with expert, modern execution. This stellar room starts with gorgeous brown speckled floors that are met with simple white walls and horizontally arranged white tiles.
Features: This bath tub has to be one of my favorites in the collection, with a huge rectangular foundation that’s hosting a super deep and rounded bath tub with minimal hardware. This is matched with a beautiful double vanity with warmly stained wooden cabinets, a white countertop, and matching under-mount sinks.
Decor: While this room is extremely minimally decorated, it does feel very intentionally done. We have a lovely brown bottle hosting some ornamental dried plants, and that’s basically it. This minimalism feels very effective since all of the colors in the room are either brown or white.
15. The Elegant Mid-Century Modern Bathroom
Floors & Walls: We’re finishing off this collection with a very generously sized primary bathroom that starts with beautiful herringbone patterned tan tiles, while the walls are alternating between white paint and a beautiful marble facade.
Features: This huge bathroom features a vanity area not only with a double sink, but it extends the entire length of the room. White cabinets and drawers offer lots of storage space, and it’s been topped with sleek black countertops featuring two squared under-mount sinks. A clear shower room is huge, while a modern shaped tub sits in its own private nook.
Decor: While the room currently isn’t decorated, it could really be elevated by some huge plants in the corners (you can afford the space), some textured towels and bath mats, and maybe even some colorful ceramics on the countertop.