Your bathroom floor is one of the most important pieces of the home improvement puzzle but it doesn’t always get the proper attention. The floor is one of the key items in any room, and it’s a design aspect that can make or break the style of your bathroom. Since there are so many different styles out there, it’s oftentimes safer to go with what’s trending instead of taking a stab in the dark. While trends give you an idea of what’s stylish, remember to embrace your own taste and go with what looks best in your home. In fact, we highly encourage you to shop around until you find the bathroom floor that’s right for you.
I’m going to share seven bathroom floor trends that are sure to make your bathroom shine. There are a number of significant factors to take into account as you shop for new floors. Some of the big features that come to mind are durability, visual appeal and cleanliness. Also, let’s not forget about cost. Our flooring guide gives homeowners a better idea of what it costs to install materials like hardwood, porcelain, ceramic tile, bamboo, vinyl tiles and laminate.
See below for floor descriptions and options so you’re fully informed the next time your bathroom is in need of an upgrade.
1. Ceramic Tile
You can’t go wrong installing ceramic tile in your bathroom. It’s visually appealing, timeless, waterproof and sturdy. If for some reason it does break, this tile is fairly easy to repair. Ceramic tile is also easy to install and clean. You can find this tile at almost any home improvement store and at a wide range of prices. In fact, ceramic tile remains one of the most cost effective flooring surfaces on the market today.
The style is everlasting and can be adapted to just about any décor. There are an endless amount of ceramic tile colors and textures to choose from. Be sure to shop around because colors and textures can vary significantly between manufacturers.
2. Porcelain Tile
Porcelain is one of the pricier tile floor options, but it’s worth the extra investment. Porcelain can be used for multiple decorating purposes (think walls and counters), however, it works best in the flooring department. It’s good in high traffic areas because it’s durable and made to last. In reality, this tile is harder than granite. HomeAdvisor says that the color of porcelain tile is not just on the surface, but runs down through the tile. This means that the color will stay the same as it wears down (which, in itself, will take a long time). Want to know the best part? Porcelain tile is so easy to clean!
While there are many positive aspects about porcelain, there are a few downsides you must know. As I stated above, the cost can scare people away. While it’s fairly simple to install porcelain tile, the installation process can be time-consuming. Make sure that whoever puts it in seals the grout well because stained grout is not pretty.
3. Stone Tile
Stone tile floors is a distinct and unique look. The most common types of stone that homeowners use are: slate, flagstone (sandstone), marble, granite, travertine and limestone. Stone tile looks fancy and is highly admired by many homeowners. It’s a timeless and durable substance that can be polished if scratched.
The drawbacks are worth noting. The maintenance is ongoing and needs to be taken seriously if you want to preserve it. To ensure your natural stone floors provide you with a lifetime of beauty and effectiveness, a proper maintenance program is crucial. In addition to consistent upkeep, it’s important to know that stone tile has limited resistance to chemicals and stains. It costs more than ceramic tile to install and the final product rarely looks like the sample you originally select. If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom to include stone floors, be sure to get help from an expert.
4. Heated Tile Floors
There are two options when it comes to heating systems for bathroom tiling. Electric radiant heating systems are the most common choice. Electric radiant heating systems are typically more expensive than the other option of hydronic heating. The installation process is complicated, which results in higher labor costs. Still, many homeowners prefer this type over hydronic heating.
Hydronic heating systems are also installed underneath the tile flooring, but instead of electric coils, there are actual tubes that run underneath the flooring. This type of system is ideal for homeowners with boiler systems already in the home as the boiler system is essential for conducting and heating the water in the tubes.
Heated floors aren’t as expensive as you might think. The cost of heated floors has come down in price over the years and they’re now quite affordable. Having heated floors is a great luxury. Such a system can save homeowners money by allowing you to keep the temperature in you homes lower during the colder months. Even though it requires an initial investment of several hundred dollars to install a bathroom floor heating system, many homeowners would agree that the additional comfort and resale value are more than worth the initial cost.
Three words come to mind when I think of vinyl: low cost and lovely. This resilient type of flooring combines easy-to-clean durability with the look of natural materials. Vinyl is easy on the pocket-book, comfortable to walk on and super low-maintenance.
There are three basic types of vinyl floor options for the bath: sheet, tile and plank. Sheet vinyl comes in a range of colors and designs and is preferred for high-traffic baths. Vinyl tiles are easy-to-install and mimic stone or ceramic tile. They come in just about any color. The size of the individual tiles range from small to large format and can be installed in practically any pattern for a custom look.
There are a few important details to keep in mind when selecting your vinyl floor. Be prepared to see a lot of different styles, patterns and finishing options. There are so many possibilities these days! Think about what looks best with your home décor and try not to get overwhelmed. Also, vinyl is very soft, so be careful of sharp objects hitting your floor. They will make a dent.
6. Laminate & Wood Looking Tiles
It’s clear in this picture that laminate can look like wood. This unscratchable, no maintenance ceramic wood look could be yours if the price is right. Well, good news. It’s affordable and looks great in bathrooms! Laminate is easy to clean and maintain, versatile and reasonably priced. In this day and age, laminate flooring can simulate a lot of different natural hardwood materials.
The downside to laminate is that it cannot be refinished. Once it’s damaged, it needs to be replaced. In addition, the floor might look like wood but it won’t feel like it. When you walk on a laminate floor, it produces sound that makes the material feel fake and manufactured. It’s also a very hard material that doesn’t give.
7. Patterns, Textures & Designs
Unique arrangements, surfaces and designs are in! Don’t be afraid to go for a custom look or explore styles that may deviate from your standard white tile bathroom floor. This is your chance to add that pop of color or pick a pattern that isn’t just a bunch of identical squares in a row. Go online or to a nearby store and start to discover what you like and don’t like