Concrete, stone or rubber: 10 bathroom flooring ideas for your home
Tiles in various shapes, sizes and designs have long been the most popular choice for bathroom flooring. But traditional tiles are no longer the only option: You can now kit out your bathroom with a wide range of different types of flooring to give your room a top-to-bottom makeover. Here are ten of our favourite options.
1. Natural stone is a versatile design option
Natural stone, such as slate, granite and quartzite, is a durable material that will not only stand the test of time, but also allows you to achieve exactly the look you want thanks to the wide range of surface finishes on offer. Natural stone is less slippery than other types of flooring and conducts heat well, making it a great choice for bathrooms with underfloor heating.
Impregnated natural stone is exceptionally low-maintenance, too: Simply clean with lukewarm water.
2. Concrete is growing in popularity
If you like the minimalist aesthetic, concrete might be a great choice for your bathroom floor. The shiny finish looks impressive, but concrete flooring is actually incredibly easy – and cost-effective – to install. It’s also a good insulator and a very durable material.
3. Choose gravel for a more extravagant look
Gravel flooring is ideal if you want to turn your floor into a real design feature. Different gravel shapes and colours allow you to create your own unique look for a surface that is both unusual and natural. Use gravel to design a floor that will remind you of your exotic beach holiday, or go for a mosaic finish to create a spa atmosphere at home. It is essential that gravel flooring is properly sealed to ensure that it will stand the test of time.
4. Take inspiration from nature with wood
Wooden flooring is becoming increasingly popular with people who want to feel at one with nature in their bathroom; the warm tones of wood create a relaxing atmosphere and the surface feels comforting underfoot. However, if you want your wooden floor to last, it will require some maintenance: Depending on the type of wood you choose, it will need to be treated with a suitable type of oil on a regular basis.
5. Laminate flooring designed especially for the bathroom
Bathroom laminate is not the same as laminate designed for the rest of the house. Instead, it is made of a special wooden composite base layer with a plastic coating that is resistant to moisture. During installation, try to keep the number of joints to an absolute minimum so that there are fewer places where moisture can absorb into the floor.
6. Cork is a stylish and natural-looking option for the bathroom
Cork flooring can take one of two forms: Ready-cut tiles or adhesive cork. Adhesive cork is the best option for bathroom floors, as it is much more water-resistant than pre-cut tiles. Like wooden flooring, cork requires special care and needs to be cleaned with the appropriate products. Cork is a completely natural material obtained from the bark of the cork oak tree. It is an excellent insulator and can help to reduce energy costs.
7. Linoleum is a great choice for any interior
Linoleum is a natural material made from linseed oil, wood or cork flour, natural resins, ground limestone and pigments. In addition to being exceptionally environmentally friendly, linoleum is durable and ideal for use with underfloor heating, just like natural stone. Low-maintenance and hygienic linoleum flooring is available in a wide range of colours and designs, and can be laid in virtually any pattern to harmonise with your interior.
8. Rubber: A robust choice for the bathroom floor
Rubber is just about the most durable and environmentally friendly flooring you could choose for your bathroom. If you’re thinking about using natural rubber in your bathroom, you might have to revise your budget upwards – or you could opt for a cheaper synthetic version, which will be just as flexible, water-resistant and durable as its natural counterpart. Rubber flooring is available in a wide range of designs and colours; the only limit is your imagination. With this flooring, you can create your own personal bathroom spa in next to no time.
9. Use vinyl to imitate the natural look
If you want to keep costs down but still benefit from natural-look flooring, vinyl might be a good choice for your bathroom. Vinyl is made from an elastic plastic, which is used either alone or in conjunction with other materials. Thanks to its moisture-resistant properties, vinyl flooring – which can be printed with virtually any natural-look pattern – is the perfect choice for the bathroom.
10. Tiles: The classic choice for the bathroom
If you want to keep things traditional, why not stick with tried-and-tested tiles? Tiles remain an ever-attractive option and are still a popular choice for the bathroom – and with good reason. There are countless tile designs and variants available, enabling you to create a unique-to-you floor design that sets the tone for the rest of the room.
Have you found the right flooring for your bathroom in our list? If so, it’s time to think about the walls! Read our tips on modern wall design for the bathroom.
What’s your number-one choice for bathroom flooring – classic tiles, natural materials such as stone and gravel, or comforting, cosy options like wood or cork? Tell us what you think in the comments!