Bathroom Floor Buying Guide

Could your bath use a makeover underfoot? Explore today's freshest flooring options.
Gray Transitional Bathroom With Oval Shower and Soaking Tub

Gray Transitional Bathroom With Oval Shower and Soaking Tub

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.

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.

By: Kim Hildenbrand

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.

Bathroom Flooring Styles and Trends

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Ceramic Tile Flooring

Durable and easy to clean, tile is a practical flooring choice for the bathroom. Ceramic tile comes in a wide range of sizes, shapes and styles, some of which mimic the look of natural stone. Textured designs help prevent slippage. Image courtesy of Mohawk Ceramic

Porcelain Tile Flooring

Porcelain tile is fired at higher temperatures than ceramic, making it more durable and less porous. Today's homeowners are opting for larger floor tile —12x12 or 18x18 inches — to reduce grout lines. Image courtesy of Mannington Mills, Inc.

Stone Tile Flooring

Usually made from travertine, limestone, marble, granite or slate, natural stone lends a high-end look to a bathroom. This type of tile is the most expensive, but it lasts a lifetime. Image courtesy of Collaborative Design Architects

Elaborate Tile Designs

Many designers are thinking beyond basic square tile when installing bathroom floors, incorporating unusual shapes and small mosaic tiles. Here, a mix of marble, limestone, and onyx mosaics produces a one-of-a-kind tile floor. Image courtesy of AKDO

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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Vinyl Flooring

A budget-friendly bathroom flooring option, vinyl is durable, low maintenance and soft underfoot. Vinyl tiles can mimic the look of ceramic, porcelain, stone or hardwood, and they're warmer to the touch than traditional tiles. Image courtesy of Congoleum Corporation

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum flooring is making a comeback as a new generation discovers its benefits. An all-natural alternative to vinyl, this surface is extremely durable and comes in a wide variety of colors, from quiet neutrals to vibrant hues. Image courtesy of Forbo Marmoleum

Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors combine the look of hardwood with a stain- and moisture-resistant surface, making them a great choice for the bathroom. This strong flooring material withstands traffic and looks great for years. Image courtesy of Pergo

Carpet Tiles

While wall-to-wall carpet is not practical in the bathroom, carpet tiles can add warmth and softness to a bathroom floor. If the carpet gets wet, the squares can easily be pulled up to dry. Image courtesy of FLOR

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