You might think that you’re quite limited in terms of what you can achieve with your bathroom floor – the most important thing is that it is resistant to excessive, regular moisture, which might narrow down the amount of materials it can be made out of. However, there’s still a good range of options available for customers and home renovators to peruse and choose between – the floor may be the part of the room that dictates the style of the entire space, so you need to get it right.
Each bathroom flooring option has its own benefits that will help you to make your decision, so read on to find out about some of the most popular styles and see which one meets your needs and design sensibilities.
For a clean, polished, modern feel, metallic tiles are the way to go. Usually made of ceramic or an engineered ceramic-like material (or sometimes even glass), they are sleek and cool to the touch (sometimes too cold, but this can be rectified with an underfloor heating system), in addition to being easy to clean. With a variety of patterns and colours available, this is the option to choose if you’re looking for a cutting-edge feel to your bathroom!
Evoking the luxury and decadence of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, a marble floor (or a marble effect floor, at least) in the bathroom really singles the room out as a place you can relax in. If the floor is made of real marble, it will have a tendency to get cold underfoot, but underfloor heating will take care of that if required. Marble is hardwearing, and its usual neutral colouring means that any other brightly-coloured features in the bathroom, such as a gold-framed shower area (as shown above), will contrast effectively, ultimately creating a striking effect whenever marble is used.
Cork isn’t the trendiest of flooring choices as far as bathrooms are concerned. It was widely used in the 1960s and 1970s before dropping out of fashion, but it has recently begun to make a comeback as a more affordable bathroom flooring option. Given our relatively newfound environmental consciousness, cork makes a lot of sense because it merely has to be produced from trimmed tree bark, which doesn’t necessitate the entire tree being cut down. In addition, it’s naturally mould and water-resistant, making it a natural bathroom floor choice for those looking to help the environment and save money.
If you’re looking for classic style when it comes to your bathroom floor, you’d be hard-pushed to find a better option than one of the many available types of hardwood. Teak and bamboo are popular, as are engineered wood and laminate (printed pictures of wood on artificially created boards) designs, which tend to be more affordable. However, wood flooring cups (where the board becomes concave instead of flat in its middle) when exposed to prolonged moisture. It is possible to prevent wood cupping as well as rectify it if it occurs – wood crowning issues (where the board is warped into mounds) can also be solved – so take proper measures once the floor is laid.
Whatever interior style you might want to cultivate in your bathroom, the materials are available to make it happen – all you have to do is choose them. Don’t get hung up on aesthetics, though. Longevity and cost-effectiveness are also important factors to consider when making your final decision.