Bathroom floors do a big job – keeping you safe and looking your best at the same time. Fortunately, there are many worthy contenders. They’re waterproof (won’t slip on wet ground), extremely durable (lots of traffic in and out), and stylish (lots of colors and patterns). How to find the flooring that suits your bathroom.
1. Find out your budget
This will help you be realistic in your search. There’s no point looking at Carrara marble when it’s more than you can spend. But be brave – with so many choices on the market, it’s easy to find something you can find
can both love and accomplish.
2. Gather ideas
Before you hit the stores, browse design magazines, check out decorating shows (hey, it’s research!), Check out Pinterest, and check out retailer websites for inspiration on your own project. When you’re ready to speak to a salesperson, they can describe what types of flooring you like and what not so they can show you samples that meet all of your criteria.
3. Know what is available
There’s a reason porcelain and ceramic tile are so popular. Both are waterproof and come in many colors, patterns, and sizes. “Porcelain is very popular now because you can get samples with a more realistic stone look,” said Angie Gardeck, owner of New Perspective Design in Cary, Illinois. Vinyl floors are water resistant and durable and come in tile, slab, and plank.
With waterproof laminate, you will look like wood in the bathroom without the moisture concerns of standard laminate (which is not recommended in a bathroom). Natural stone floors radiate elegance; Choose one that is textured like slate to avoid slipping accidents.
Or, says Gardeck, “always consider a sanded or matte finish for floor tiles to reduce slippage on wet surfaces.”
4. Know what to ignore
“Of course I would avoid carpets for hygienic reasons, but I would also avoid real wood because of the moisture,” says Gardeck.
5. Make your choices based on what is happening in your life
If you plan to stay in your home for many years, you can choose a more expensive floor than if you were planning to put it up for sale soon. Same goes if you’re empty nests – you could use a natural stone or vinyl floor when the bathroom doesn’t have a lot of traffic.
6. Get yourself stylish
According to Gardeck, popular bathroom floor looks include bold tile patterns that set the tone for overall bathroom design, porcelain tiles that resemble wood, and small mosaic patterns.