Mid Century Bathroom Tile

Mid Century Bathroom Tile

Welcome to Modwalls Tile Company. We create colorful tile with a nod to mid-century and modern design aesthetics. Founded in 2005, Modwalls was one of the first online tile stores. We make the highest quality tile for hospitality design, office spaces, retail environments as well as residential bathroom remodels, kitchen backsplashes and swimming pools and tiled interior and exterior walls. We have an experienced service team who work with interior designers, architects, builders and homeowners to specify the right tile for both commercial and residential projects. We’re well known for our sense of urgency and attention to detail in customer service. Our signature tile collections include colorful Lush® glass subway tile, economical Brio® glass mosaic tile, versatile ModDotz penny round wall and floor tile. Our popular handmade Kiln and Clayhaus for Modwalls ceramic tile is made in the U.S.A and available in a wide variety of shapes, mosaics and field tile sizes as well as in 75 unique glaze colors in both glossy and matte finish. Modwalls tile is designed at our headquarters in California and most of our collections are made in the USA and Canada. Customization of color and size is available for many Modwalls tile collections, just ask. Tile samples are free to the trade and sample shipping is free to trade and retail customers. All orders of in stock tile is shipped within 2 business days and we ship Worldwide. We’re glad you’ve discovered Modwalls Tile and we look forward to the opportunity to work with you!
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Mid Century Bathroom Tile

Welcome to Modwalls! Founded in 2005, we design and manufacture colorful modern tile for kitchens, bathrooms, pools, floors and commercial spaces. Our tile is known for color and cool style with an aesthetic inspired by Mid Century Modern design and architecture. Many of our tile collections are American made and customizable. Modwalls’ team of tile design professionals has been together a long time. Give us a try and let us help you find “Fresh Tile in Colors You Crave”. “Modwalls has become a force to be reckoned with. Only a few years old, this online-only Aptos, CA based company designs and manufactures its own tile, all with a modern bent. With most tile companies, you have to hunt and forage for cool, unique tiles; but with Modwalls, cool and unique is business as usual.” Lee Wallender- The Spruce
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Mid Century Bathroom Tile

We’re well known for our sense of urgency and attention to detail in customer service. Our signature tile collections include colorful Lush® glass subway tile, economical Brio® glass mosaic tile, versatile ModDotz penny round wall and floor tile. Our popular handmade Kiln and Clayhaus for Modwalls ceramic tile is made in the U.S.A and available in a wide variety of shapes, mosaics and field tile sizes as well as in 75 unique glaze colors in both glossy and matte finish. Modwalls tile is designed at our headquarters in California and most of our collections are made in the USA and Canada.
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Mid Century Bathroom Tile

Welcome to Modwalls Tile Company. We create colorful tile with a nod to mid-century and modern design aesthetics. Founded in 2005, Modwalls was one of the first online tile stores. We make the highest quality tile for hospitality design, office spaces, retail environments as well as residential bathroom remodels, kitchen backsplashes and swimming pools and tiled interior and exterior walls.
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Mid Century Bathroom Tile

McCall’s Decorating Book from 1964 introduces the chapter “Luxurious Bathrooms” by describing two oversized bathrooms (one 16' x 25' with a window wall and a crystal chandelier), saying, “These exceptional and handsome bathrooms typify the new excitement that now surrounds this erstwhile neglected room.” Tile mosaics continued throughout the 1960s, but other materials stole the show in this new era of the “decorated bathroom.” From the 1960s on, tile would be only part of the overall effect as furniture, wallpaper, sconces, steam showers, carpeting, and mirror walls overran the bathroom. We remain in this fanciful bathroom phase today with the inclusion of ever more expensive materials like marble and stone. In reaction, I’ve embraced anew my little “factory” bathrooms with their boring off-the-shelf tile. Understanding their place in history has brought me acceptance. I hope you feel the same for your jade-green bathroom.
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Mid Century Bathroom Tile

The 1950s brought a renewed sense of fun and optimism. People weren’t keeping their kitchens and bathrooms as hygienic “factories.” Enter the era of pink, mint, and baby blue tiles—think 1950s automobiles. It’s estimated that 5 million pink bathrooms remain in use in American mid-century homes. Mosaic tiling, with small rectangular patterns and 1″ squares, became popular in the 1950s. Later that decade, tile more liberally encased tubs and even went floor to ceiling throughout the bath. (Prior to the 1950s, tile was usually applied as a wainscot around the walls of the bathroom, reaching higher only around the tub.)
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Mid Century Bathroom Tile

The confluence of new materials and manufacturing methods during World War II, the huge postwar building boom, and the spread of Modernism and its edict that homes be “machines for living” led to the plain vanilla 1940s bathroom. Subway tile went out of style, and the ubiquitous 4×4 tile gained prominence. While colored tiles didn’t disappear, the fallout from the Great Depression and then the war made luxury colors less affordable and available (and combinations that did get used were more somber, like burgundy and dark gray). Meanwhile, Modernism pushed back toward the earlier idea of hygienic white and pared-down efficiency. In the hefty 1941 tome Furniture and Decoration, Period and Modern, the lone paragraph devoted to bathrooms states, “The kitchen and the bathroom should really be regarded as factories. They are purely utilitarian. A few years ago we were all over-enthusiastic on the subject of color…bathrooms now are a nice, clear, clean white tile.”
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Mid Century Bathroom Tile

The good news for anyone living in any style of home built in the early 20th century is that the current popularity of subway tiles, specifically white ones, fits your home. The turn-of-the-century fad for all-white bathrooms was borne out of the Victorian notion that dirt harbored germs. White tiles made the dirt easier to see, and thus eradicate. White 3×6 subway tiles matched with a white pedestal or wall-mounted sink are period appropriate to any home built between 1900 and 1930 (6×6 tiles were sometimes used as well). If your original tiles have long gone missing and you can’t pin down what first appeared on your walls, you can almost never go wrong with a plain white bathroom. The clean lines and excellent materials from this first part of the 20th century are a classic design statement that still resonates today.
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A Beachy Bathroom In classic beach tones, this bathroom speaks of carefree days in the summer sun and a warm breeze through the open window. Photo courtesy of Suke Medencevic Photo By: Suke Medencevic Pops of Color Bright and happy colors splash against a clean white background and accentuate the many surrounding features.Photo courtesy of Suke Medencevic Cheerful Tile Design Mosaic glass tile wrapped up, down and over segments of the room create just the right amount of color swatches. Photo courtesy of Suke Medencevic Clean Lines Modern elements are found in the clean lines of the stark white drawers and polished nickel hardware. Photo courtesy of Suke Medencevic
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Consider original tile to be part of the bones of the house, and learn to appreciate what you’ve got. My two 1940s bathrooms, which can only be described as “early gas station,” have white 4×4 square ceramic tile around each of their tubs—how boring can you get? But I’ve learned to love the simplicity of my white tiles, Art Deco tubs, and leaky snub-nosed sink. For 10 years, everyone has told me to rip out all of the tile and put in something gorgeous, spa-like, contemporary, and sleek. And for 10 years I’ve resisted, trying to better understand and appreciate my original bathrooms. Isn’t that what old-house ownership is about?
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Tile is a near essential element of any home design. It can be found from floor to ceiling — and everywhere in between. Most commonly in the form of wall or backsplash tile in kitchens and bathrooms, they can be made from all sorts of materials, such as ceramic, travertine, glass, porcelain, mirror, slate and marble. It can be both exciting and overwhelming to pick out the ideal midcentury tile, but these tips should help you in your quest.
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In terms of tile and countertops, midcentury modern bathrooms tend to keep it simple, with flat tile and matte countertops. Another popular feature in midcentury modern bathrooms is glass—shower enclosures that take advantage of this feature will create a much more spacious feel in the bathroom.
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Original bathroom tile should be a delight to the old-house enthusiast. But some become insecure in the face of nonstop advice doled out by real-estate agents, renovation contractors, and even preservation societies—that bathrooms are fair game for updating, no matter what the time period of the house. This is rash for bathrooms built during the 20th century, many of which are functional and quirkily attractive to this day. And as any devotee of old houses knows, tiles matched to the era of the house will never go out of style, unlike modern “updates” that are in fashion today but will appear dated 10 years from now.