A guide to: Choosing the perfect flooring for your bathroom
12 May 2014 | general
Choosing the flooring for your bathroom can be extremely fun and extremely stressful all at the same time! Unlike your kitchen flooring, bathrooms can be totally different from the rest of the house, or they can keep the same theme. Either way, your bathrooms are often the most judged room in your house so it’s important to get it right. Here are a few of our favourite choices:
Unsurprisingly, tiles are one of the most popular flooring choices for bathrooms. Due to the fact the most people tile their bathroom walls at the same time as their bathrooms, tiling your floor in complimenting styles and colours to your walls can really help you make a statement. Another reason tiles are so popular – and probably one of the most obvious reasons – they’re really great for heavily used wet areas! Tiles are hard wearing, available in a variety of styles and colours and relatively easy to look after, and it doesn’t hurt that no matter your budget, you’re sure to find a tile that fits it!
Wood as a flooring option in your bathroom simply oozes class and style. This option is particularly good for those who have wood floors through-out their home. A big advantage of wood is that it’s a timeless choice that never really loses popularity – unlike some of its tile counterparts (who can forget the classic 70’s orange and khaki). Wooden flooring can be a little heavy on the budget however and does need to be maintained regularly to ensure its properly sealed.
Highly sustainable, durable and (for engineered options) ideal for wet environments, bamboo is fast becoming one of the most popular choices in flooring for the bathroom. Relatively new to flooring world, bamboo is already becoming a real fashion statement. The good here is that it can be a less expensive option to wood flooring although still not as inexpensive as some tiling options.
If you’re on a tight budget and need something that’s easily maintained and available in a HUGE variety of styles, textures, shapes and colours, then vinyl is the flooring for your bathroom. Make sure you choose a top quality option for your bathroom flooring though, as some of the cheaper options (especially peel-and-stick types) can be prone to leaks.
A great unsung hero in today’s homes – Cork is a highly sustainable flooring option that is perfectly suited to the bathroom… especially given that it’s resistant to water, mould and mildew! It’s relatively cost-effective, although cork will need regular sealing and maintenance. Another advantage of cork is that it feels wonderful underfoot and will feel warmer in winter.
There you have our top picks for bathroom flooring. We’ll be running through our favourite picks in bedrooms next week. Of course if you’d like to arrange a private appointment to discuss your needs with one of our style experts, please be in touch on 1800 016 016 or visit our website.