Reader bsmet sent me this great link [oops, now gone — click on images above to see suggestions!] from Dal-tile showing 88 different mosaic wall and floor tile patterns that can be created using their Mosaic Designer Tool.
I consider a tiled wall (4″ish tiles) and tub/shower to be pretty essential in midcentury bathrooms. For the floor, you could also use VCT or linoleum. But be careful, any standing water will rot through the floor and sub-floor over time… so tile is better if the bathroom gets heavy use.
And, the beauty part about retro-styled bathrooms is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great effect with tile. Use basic 1×1, 2×2 and especially 4×4 (or 4-1/4 x 4×1/4) tiles, add a little pattern zing – as suggested in these 88 options – and you a retro renovation bathroom that’s timeless, functional and appealing.
Tip: Be sure, when choosing tile for floors, that it is specified for that use.
Thanks, bsmet – this is a great resource!