Fresh Ideas for Bathroom Floors

Bamboo Flooring for Bathrooms
Give your bathroom a strong and stylish foundation. Discover durable and distinctive flooring materials and design ideas that you can bring to your bathroom.

Faux-Floor Rug

In this bathroom, an Art Deco-inspired mosaic tile "rug" was strategically placed in front of the vanity to break up an expanse of marble flooring and provide interest underfoot. An in-floor heating system ensures feet stay warm and comfortable.

Sensuous Surface

Here, pebble-tile flooring blends in with the soft yellow limestone shower walls and vanity counter, but makes a statement with its unique texture. The pebble tile pampers as it massages feet, adding to the spa-like feel of the bathroom.

Pleasant Pine

Vintage-look heart-pine planks anchor this bathroom and lend a warm, cozy feel to the space.

If you're using wood flooring in the bathroom, be sure to select a urethane finish -- preferably two coats of moisture-cured urethane -- for it. Even with a top-quality finish to protect wood flooring, standing water can still cause damage. Be sure to place rugs in front of sinks, tubs, and showers or try wood-look tiles or laminate.

Lovely Limestone

Limestone tile covers the floor and lends a natural, timeless look to this master bath retreat. The tile on the floor and counters balances the warmth of the darker finishes in the room and keeps the space light and bright.

Stone and ceramic tiles are typically cool underfoot. To avoid cold floors, install radiant heat below. If those systems are beyond your budget, add rugs with nonslip backing to keep feet warm.

Salvaged Materials

Old roof-sheathing planks -- discovered during the renovation of an 1860s home -- were repurposed and used for character-rich flooring in this bathroom.

If you're purchasing flooring made from salvaged wood, look for companies promoting vintage hardwoods and reclaimed wood flooring.

Vintage Appeal

A claw-foot tub and black and white tile flooring respect this home's Victorian roots. Though the spacious bathroom is filled with modern conveniences -- such as dual vanities, tilting mirrors, and a luxurious shower -- the tub and flooring preserve the vintage appeal of the room.

Marvelous in Marble

Italian marble tiles add visual interest to this crisp white bathroom. The marble floors are heated to provide comfort underfoot year-round.

Marble makes for gorgeous flooring, but before you buy, consider this: Marble is a porous stone that scratches easily. You'll need to seal this flooring periodically. When cleaning, use a mild product -- nothing containing vinegar, lemon juice, or other acids.

Tone-on-Tone Travertine

Avoid a boring monochromatic bathroom by varying the shapes and colors in the space. Here, the wall of square glass tile slightly varies in color from the cool tones of the rectangular travertine floor tiles. Warm up a room full of tile with wood accents, such as the floating vanity used in this master bath. 

Gray Porcelain Tile

Dense porcelain tile is perfect in busy master bathrooms thanks to low-water absorption and easy maintenance. In this space, the dark tile surfaces contrast with white, rounded, sculptural elements to create visual excitement.

Geometric Stone

Honed travertine tile is luxurious and smooth underfoot. Opting for a more interesting shape – a hexagon instead of a rectangle – produces a simple, yet eye-catching design out of standard stone flooring. 

Versatile Vinyl

Vinyl flooring mimics the look of ceramic tile as well as sand in this spa-like master bathroom. The gray diamond-shape "inlays" match the concrete countertop, creating a more cohesive look.

Vinyl flooring comes in a variety of good looks, including woven patterns, graphic designs, and realistic surface textures that can stand in for stone, tile, or wood. You'll also get high performance at a great value.

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Stone Substitute

Concrete flooring mimics the look of stone -- at a lower cost -- and maintains the simple look and feel of this bathroom.

Concrete flooring can be stamped or stained to fit any bathroom style, making it an extremely versatile option. If you choose it, remember that sealing is necessary to prevent stain absorption.

Rich Chocolate Marble

Unlike most of the stark white marble found in bathrooms, the handsome chocolate brown in this vanity is repeated on the floor, where bargain-priced marble tile from a home center grounds the room with elegance and keeps things from looking washed-out.

Hardworking Travertine

Travertine is a versatile material and translates well into different styles of decor. In this bathroom, the rich sand and tan tones of the tumbled tile grounds the bath, and avoiding a straight grid gives the floor a more natural appearance.

Glass Tile

In a small space, go bold with a small mosaic pattern. In this cool powder room, varying shades of gray make up the glass mosaic tile covering the floor.

Glass tile is a popular flooring material because their color and design possibilities are endless. Plus, glass tiles are most often sold as 1- or 2-inch squares or pebblelike mosaics on mesh-backed sheets, making installation quick and easy.

Mosaic Mix

A mosaic tile pattern, such as this slate and marble basket weave, is a sophisticated and timeless look that can be achieved through any mix of materials to complement your bath. In an otherwise classic bath, this unexpected pattern creates a lively room.

Exotic Elements

Inspired by a trip to Asia, the homeowners of this master bath wanted to create a restful retreat with strong natural connections. That vision included the flooring materials and design. Eco-friendly bamboo covers the room’s perimeter while river stones surround the raised soaking tub. The stones are smooth and slip-resistant underfoot, and give the space an exotic edge.

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