10 Mid-Century Modern Designs with Handmade Tile

10 Mid-Century Modern Designs with Handmade Tile

Mid-Century Modern style is a movement of interior, product, graphic design, and architecture that many of us hold dear to our design hearts. From 1945 to the late 70s, this style swept the nation with clean lines, pops of color, funky patterns, and natural textures. This style, with so much class and character, is still sought-after today. Here are 10 ways to incorporate handmade tile into Mid-Century Modern designs…

1. Wood Texture

Wooden elements are commonly featured in Mid-Century Modern design. Known for it’s smooth grain texture, MCM designers commonly use Teak. From wood paneling to wood furniture, MCM lovers can’t get enough of this natural texture. Get creative and add an extra natural element to your design with ceramic tile.

For more ways to use warm-hued tile, visit our blog "6 Tile Renovation Tips: Using Warm Hues in Your Home"

Mid Century Modern Orange Craftsman Squares
Large Craftsman Squares - 112 Saddle Clove 

2. Color is Key

Color is key when it comes to Mid-Century Modern design. Choose a palette with mustard yellows, turquoise blues, pale salmons, and olive greens. This Palm Springs Eichler house is filled with MCM inspo. Fox Homes mastered this kitchen's color palette from the pops of color to the wood panelling. 

For more of this MCM vacation home, visit our blog "Palm Springs Eichler Filled with Tile"

Mid Century Modern Diamond Tiled KitchenMedium Diamonds - 11 Deco White, 77E Grey, 60 Silver Lining, 24 Dandelion, 32 Canton Jade, 29E Lake Superior

3. Pick a Retro Pattern

Patterns are an iconic part of Mid-Century Modern design. Known for their repetitive circles and squares with sleek lines, they almost look futuristic while still keeping to the past. Luckily, we are suckers for a MCM pattern. Whether it's circles, squares, triangles, hexagons, or anything in between, we are happy to help you come up with the pattern of your MCM dreams.

For more pattern inspiration, visit our blog "10 ways to Create Geometric Patterns with Ceramic Tile"

Mid Century Modern Tile Pattern3" Triangles - 815W Light Grey301 Marshmallow, 5 Tiger Tail. 4" Triangles- 155 Steel, 301 Marshmallow, 366 Satin Black. 

4. Try Some Texture

Mid-Century Modern design elements and texture go together like milk and cookies. A safe bet for this concept is to try it out with a neutral palette so you can play with textures and patterns without worrying about clashing colors. This grey ombre hexagon mosaic tile entry-way is the perfect complement for a funky, tasseled rug.

For more Hexagon floor ideas, visit our blog "9 Projects to Inspire: Hexagon Floor Tile"

Mid Century Modern Hexagon Floor Tile
Small Hexagons - 912R Cloudy Sky220 Sooty Grey815W Light Grey.

5. Dress up the Bar

If you've ever seen the AMC series "Mad Men" then you know that having an in-home fully stocked bar was extremely important during this era. Cocktail culture and Mid-Century Modern design go hand-in-hand. Dress up your bar with sparkly tile mosaic Diamonds in jewel tones to make a lasting impression on your guests. 

For more tiled bar designs, visit our blog "8 Bar Design Tiled Backsplash Ideas"

Mid-Century Modern Tiled BarMedium Diamonds - 75 Emerald
Photography - Alyssa Lee Photography

6. Use a Pop of Color

Everything is better in moderation- This saying holds true when it comes to MCM design, too. This trend is all about pops of color in moderation. These spaces tend to have a majority of neutrals in with pops of yellow, orange blue or green. This yellow shower niche checks all the boxes for a beautiful Mid-Century Modern design - a retro pattern, mustard yellow, and a splash of color.

For more ways to incorporate a niche into your space, visit our blog "6 Niche Ideas for Chic Shower Shelving"


Mid Century Modern Yellow Tiled niche
Small Penny Rounds - 24 Dandelion, 11 Deco White.
Photography - Solid Surface LLC

7. Focus on a Focal Point

Mid-Century Modern design tends to have one stand-out piece, whether it's an emerald couch, funky rug, or a retro piece of art. The reception area of Chowgirls Killer Catering is the perfect example of how a handmade tile design can be the focal point in your MCM space. They even opted to add custom screen-printed bees by our friend Susan of Screen Printed Plates to take the tile to the next level.

For more on this project, visit our blog " Chowgirls Killer Catering New HQ with Handmade Tile"

MNM Orange Hexagon Tile
Large Hexagons - Custom Colors.
Photography - Lauren b

8. Flip it Vertical

Mid-Century Modern design is known for clean and sleek  vertical lines. Traditionally, vertical lines are known for stability and height. They also have a tendency to raise your eye, mind, and spirit when walking into a room. Vertically stacked Subway Tile in a jewel tone is the perfect option for a MCM statement shower wall.

For more ways to arrange Subway Tile, visit our blog "6 Creative Subway Tile Patterns"

Mid Century Modern Vertical Green Tile
2"x6" Subway Tile - 47 Vermont Pine, 713 Peacock Green.
Photography and Design - Heather Fox Design

9. Don't Forget Foliage

If you're browsing Pinterest for Mid-Century Modern interior ideas, you're sure to be overwhelmed with a plethora of indoor greenery. Since MCM design is all about natural elements, it only makes sense for foliage to play a large role in this trend. If you're a plant lover like we are, then you'll adore our custom tile planters. Perfect for succulents and air plants, these handmade planters will fulfill your MCM dreams.

For more on our Custom Tiled Planters, visit our blog "Ceramic Wall Planters to Add to Your Tile"

Mid Century Modern Diamond TileMedium Diamonds with Custom Planters in - 920 Midnight Sky, 912W Cloudy Sky, 155 Steel and Custom Colors.

10. Go For Gold

With retro sunburst clocks and shiny brass furniture legs, there's no denying that gold is a key element in Mid-Century Modern design. And needless to say, handmade tile and gold accents are an ideal pair. We particularly love this project because the grout appears to have a gold hue due to the warm lighting. Choose tile that contrasts with your hardware and the details (that you worked so hard on) of your MCM space will never go unnoticed.

For more ideas of what to pair with tile, visit our blog "Bohemian Chic Decor Ideas for Your Home"

Satin Black Diamond Tile
Large Diamonds - 366 Satin Black
Photography and Design - Workroom C


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