MCM homes tend to forget about the bathroom, and even when they don’t, there’s not a lot of noticeable mid-century furniture that you can mention. When you think about it, how many designers from this period actually delved in the bathroom space? We’ll try to find out more on the subject for a future blog post.
Too many articles tend to showcase these large white-clad spaces with bathtubs, geometrical sinks and flooring, golden accents, and plants. How many of these items and décor choices can actually be considered mid-century? The answer might surprise you.
Style-wise, you could consider the whole bathroom mid-century, but most the individual elements could be used in more than one style. So, with that in mind, what kind of mid-century modern furniture and décor can we include in the bathroom?
Well, first of all, we should consider the size. The bathroom, like the kitchen area, is never an empty space. A living room could be just a floor and a ceiling, but a bathroom will always be a sink, a toilet, and a shower (hopefully). There are a lot more limits, décor wise.
This is why people incorporate the style through objects like the sink, the surrounding walls, the colors, etcetera. Most of the MCM designers we’re familiar with did not create any MCM sinks (to my brief knowledge).
We’re really going to try to find more about this stuff, but first, here’s 2 ways you can incorporate MCM icons into your bathroom.
Benches and cabinetry
Consider adding a bench if you have the space. It’s good to have somewhere else to sit (aside from the toilet) comfortably while in the bathroom. Getting a dedicated cabinet piece can also help the mid-century modernist look: you can even do away with the usual bathroom storage options, like drawers under the sink or the proverbial medicine cabinet.
Some ceiling lamps like the famous Artichoke fixture can do wonders in the bathroom. We’ll have to admit we looked up some other choices, but you can’t really fit an Arco Lamp in your bathroom. Manhattan Home Design has an excellent catalog of MCM lights you can enjoy in the meantime.
You can start with these two design elements and move along as you find your own way of using mid-century modern furniture and décor.
Putting everything together
After shopping for furniture icons, you can then think about adding the desired décor. As we said before, not everything might count if you want the real MCM look (and a comfortable bathroom space).
For example, geometric patterns might be better suited for the kitchen, even though they’re very much in line with the mid-century aesthetic. You don’t have to go all out if you don’t feel like it: after all, the bathroom is a place where you should be relaxed, just like the bedroom.
So, as I’ve said in previous articles, it is very important for you to have fun, and also to consider your personal usage of a certain space. If you still want your bathroom to be all-white and relaxing, you can still add some MCM charm through the details.