Choosing the flooring for your bathroom can feel like a daunting decision. The type of flooring you choose can change the whole dynamic of your bathroom. Whether you’re considering floor tiles, natural stone or vinyl flooring read on for interior design inspiration!
If you’re going for a classic look then these monochrome ceramic mosaic tiles are a perfect choice! This type of porcelain tile are the height of traditional style and make cleaning quick and easy. They are best paired with a similar style wall tile too. By incorporating black and white matching towels and other accessories you can complete the look. Otherwise using an accent colour could also bring the space to life and give the room a bit of personality. Plus it’s easy to switch out to a different colour to update your room on a budget!
Sleek and modern tiles
Having ceiling to floor marble slate tiles is aspirational and looks impressive in any bathroom. They give a real polished looking surface and look very sophisticated. Despite being very durable, there is also a worry that they are slippery and not suitable for children. There is a non-slip tile available for shower rooms that prevent slipping. In the other area of the room, it’s best to have rugs and other non-slip materials near the bathtub or shower to prevent any accidents.
Make the flooring the focal point
If you’re wanting to make a statement, these patterned tiles are a thing of beauty. They’re versatile in a way that you can pick the accent colours from the tiles to accessorise the space to keep up with fashion trends. There’s so many types to choose from too, from moroccan styles to geometric patterns. Using a different coloured grout is also an idea to consider to bring the room to life.
Versatile natural stone
Natural stone or limestone gives a sense of that spa-like feeling. If treated correctly this type of flooring can last for years. It is naturally non-slip due to the rock-like texture and the way it naturally retains moisture. This style of flooring is super versatile as it suits modern industrial designs but also more neutral earthy looks too.
The wood effects
Another option would be to use a wood effect vinyl for your floor. Vinyl (polyvinyl chloride) is a synthetic flooring option that is watertight and easy to install. It provides durability and looks great, whilst being low maintenance and super easy to clean. Placing the grain of the wood to run lengthways in your bathroom can also give the illusion of a bigger room too. Having vinyl flooring is less of a commitment than real wood (also more cost effective!) so it allows you to refresh the space with new flooring without disturbing everything too much.
Laminate isn’t the obvious choice for a bathroom due to worries that it will expand and have to be replaced. But actually, there are waterproofing effects available so that it becomes suitable for the bathroom. The benefits of laminate are that it creates the feel of real wood without the worry of causing damage to it. It also has a textured surface so you will be less likely to slip. You could also consider engineered wood which is more expensive than laminate. It is suitable for bathrooms and looks like more realistic wood than laminate.
If you’re looking to install underfloor heating, you may be wondering which is the best type of flooring to have. Using a material that will retain the temperature is important! Natural stone flooring and ceramic tiles are the most effective as they hold the heat well and give the best heat transfer. Vinyl, laminate and engineered wood are also good choices.
What is the difference between laminate flooring and engineered wood?
The main difference between the two is the way they are structured. Engineered wood is constructed in a lot more layers than laminate flooring. It also gives more of a realistic finish than laminate and is better susceptible to water damage.
However, laminate is the most durable of the two and is easy to install and replace. It is great for families with children as it is easy to clean and can handle excessive general wear and tear. The downside to laminate is that if it does become damaged, the whole floor would have to be replaced. Engineered wood is a lot easier to replace but is more expensive than laminate and is easier to damage.