Incorporate Mid-Century Modern Design into Your Bathroom Remodel

Date: August 12, 2019

With clean, sleek, and minimalistic lines, mid-century modern bathroom design concepts have been reinvigorated by contemporary materials and finishes. The majority of Modern Kitchens & Baths customers who have recently remodeled or are scheduling a remodel want this look to predominate their renovation. So what makes this design so appealing?

After World War II, the midcentury modern style was developed in the Scandinavian countries, which, to this day are known for this design. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland popularized and refined the concepts, which then migrated across Europe and to the United States and Canada. The design was not only seen in home interior design, but in exterior architecture as well. Using these concepts, it is possible to create an entirely cohesive home. The style was popular well into the 1950s.

Characteristics and Features

Vanities and cabinetry take center stage in a mid-century modern bathroom. The overall appearance is elegant and simple, with straight lines and 90 degree angles. This, along with plenty of lighting with square or rectangular windows, allows the materials to really stand out, especially porcelain and stone. The cabinets and vanities can be painted or in a variety of wood tones and even incorporate glass. Matte finishes and straight pull handles are especially popular in cabinetry and countertops. They may house single or double sinks, with unadorned, yet elegant faucets, and curving bowl sinks, or sinks in rectangular shapes add an extra dimension.


Contrasting with the straight lines of the furnishings, a modern or vintage bathtub with subtle curves really brings the design to life. Toilet designs have also evolved to become feature-worthy in this scheme. So too are glass enclosed showers, highlighted by subway or small mosaic tiles. Even stone, glass, and colorful tiles can find a home in this versatile design concept. Simple framed mirrors and a wide variety of lighting fixtures finish out the look.
In terms of materials, there is no limit to what can be used. Some prefer the minimalist and serene look of similar materials throughout, like light stone or porcelain. Others like the sharp contrasts of wood, metals, glass, and stone with porcelain.
The end result of all of these design characteristics is a bathroom that becomes one of the most beautiful and inspired rooms in your home. It will become a place where you find serenity and happiness, so make it your own!

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