Bathroom Floor Buying Guide
This stunning gray transitional bathroom is an homage to round and oval shapes, with its large soaking tub and gracefully curved shower and walls. Beautiful mosaic tile dresses up the shower, floor and storage cutout near the tub.
The bath may be one of the smallest rooms in the home, but it demands flooring that's big on style and practicality. From a design standpoint, the bath should be a space you love; after all, it's where you begin and end each day. But this restful retreat must also withstand splashes, steamy showers, and soggy towels. Here are three considerations to keep in mind when choosing the right floor for your bath.
Your Lifestyle. Consider who uses each bath, how frequently it's used, and what features it includes. The go-to spot for your morning routine and evening soak, your master bath encounters spilled makeup, dropped blow-dryers, and wet feet. Between dinner guests and kids' friends, the main-floor guest bathroom may be as heavy on foot traffic as it is light on moisture. And the kids' bath should stand up to occasional splashes and tub overflows.
Your Design Style. Consider what you want from the baths in your home. Your master bath, the king of all your baths, should indulge your style, whether that's spa-like tranquility or an energetic contemporary look with pops of color. The guest bathroom, the jewel box of your home, is ideal for high drama and touches of glamour. Keep the kids' bath classic and fun, with all-age appeal. When narrowing down your floor options, gather samples and consider both the look and tactile feel: light or dark, solid or patterned, sleek or textured, hard or cushioned.
Your Budget. Determine how much you are willing to spend. If you're planning to stay in your home for years to come, you may want to invest in more luxurious, lasting floors. If you anticipate selling your home shortly, think about floors that will offer a return on investment. Carefully take measurements of the room and record the dimensions. This will give you a starting point, but keep in mind that additional costs will accrue, including delivery, installation, and necessary materials.
Heated Tile Floors
Tile floors can be hard and cold underfoot, but radiant floor heating systems provide a solution. These systems can be installed under tile — as well as hardwood and other popular flooring surfaces — to create a warm surface to step on after a hot shower or bath. Image courtesy of WarmlyYours
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