Exotic Bathroom Flooring Ideas

Most of the time a bathroom floor goes unnoticed by the owner as it is only your feet that tends to it, not like the toilets, sink or the shower. Do you want to revive the look of your bathroom without doing a total remodel of all of the fixtures and spending thousands of dollars? Try one of the alternative bathroom flooring choices that are available. There are so many different bathroom flooring choices that the only problem will be coming to a decision on what you want for your bathroom. Using your imagination and creativity can help you to create a bathroom floor that others will admire and be envious of!

There are many bathroom tile options that are available, including ceramic, porcelain, stone, and peel and stick. Use them creatively — mix them up to make a pattern that will make your bathroom look unusual and a statement of who you are. A checkerboard effect, or even a more intricate pattern will make your bathroom stand out! You can have that custom look in your bathroom without the custom price tag that usually goes with it.

Consider stone or slab floors for your bathroom. Travertine floors are all the rage in new home building, but there are some risks to using it in the bathroom. Polished travertine can become extremely slick when wet, so be sure to use a non-slip rug when getting out of the tub or shower. Travertine flooring is a beautiful choice for any bathroom that will turn your bathroom into a masterpiece! Marble, sandstone, and granite make beautiful bathroom floors too.

If you enjoy the look of mosaic tiles, then you will want to look into the mesh backed bathroom flooring that will help you create a beautiful mosaic look on your bathroom floors. Mixing different sizes and colors of stone can help you to make a floor that will be considered a masterpiece.

Vinyl flooring is yet another option. They are capable of looking like marble, brick, slate and even wood flooring. It is waterproof, stain-resistant, easy to maintain, durable, non-allergic and importantly easy to maintain.

If your entire home is of hardwood flooring, then go for hardwood even in your bathroom. It brings on a good visual appeal and a warm and fuzzy feeling. Make sure to coat them with water-resistant sealant.

If you are on an extremely tight budget, consider painting your bathroom floors. There are many different options when you go this route. You can paint it all one color or you can be creative and make a design with your paint. Just about any kind of existing flooring can be painted if prepared correctly. Ask at your home improvement store for advice in preparing your specific floors for paint. And don’t forget to apply a sealant to your paint job so that it will last for years.

There are many different choices in wood bathroom floors that are not the typical wood floor. Teak bathroom flooring will give any bathroom a beautiful look and it is water resistant and extremely durable. Bamboo flooring in the bathroom is another interesting choice. Bamboo is a not technically wood; it’s a grass and an environmentally friendly way to make your bathroom the showplace you may want it to be. Bamboo bathroom flooring is available in a light to medium tan color and will brighten up any bathroom floor to make your bathroom look larger and more welcoming!

Cork flooring is another that looks beautiful. It is a flooring material that is bombarded with good qualities like warmth, sound insulation, non-slippery and does not rot.

An unusual alternative bathroom flooring idea is rubber flooring. You can get it in rolls or tiles as well as in various colors and patterns.

The last idea is a bit expensive but it is surely practical. It is under floor heating. This is a brilliant idea to keep the bathroom and the floors warm during the cold months, especially after a shower. Since it includes removing the current flooring and setting up the heating system by a professional, it is advised that you look into your budget again.

Do research online or at your local home improvement store to learn about the innumerable bathroom flooring ideas that are available. Whether you choose stone tiles or one of the more unusual flooring choices, the best bathroom flooring for you is the one that fits your budget and makes you happy!

14 thoughts on “Exotic Bathroom Flooring Ideas”

  1. trying to re-do small bathroom and searching for best floor option in stone or tile, etc. Prefer a “rustic” ? look…honed something…….?
    Probably a grantite counter top and a vessel sink? Any thoghts?

  2. Is there a stone quarry or dealer near you? That would be one great place to start your search. You could have a beautiful bathroom floor with a rough-honed stone floor.
    There are also some tiles that look like stone but are ceramic. That would be a lighter load on your floor joists so worthy of consideration in a remodel.
    Will you be putting radiant heat into the bathroom floor? That will make the tiles or stone more comfortable on those cold winter nights (if you live in a cold climate). There are ways to retrofit that into a room; check around.
    If you are going with a granite counter, would granite flooring fit your decor and budget too?
    Just be sure to seal any stone you get to protect it from all eventualities.

  3. I already have a 100 year old tongue and groove teak floor under the lino in my bathroom. I’m planning to put in a clawfoot bath with the shower in it.
    I’m pretty sure that with that arrangement, (shower curtain on a rail around the tub) there will always be a little water on the floor after a shower. I dislike the idea of having to squeegee the water down the drain. Is there a way of resolving the drainage issues, or am I better off tiling over the teak?
    Thanks very much in advance for your input.

  4. Hello Michele!
    If I understand you correctly, you already have linoleum over the teak, right? Are you wanting to take it up and put down tile?
    It really depends on what you want to do. Wood isn’t always the best choice for a bathroom, but there are products to help. I’ll bet the teak would look beautiful refinished! Of course, that would probably require sanding it first, then sealing, then polish………. but there are good waterproof products.
    If you don’t envision going that route then tile may be an option. What kind of tile were you thinking about?

  5. Any ideas for a very small bathroom? It is approx. 30 sq feet of floor space. I have some left over tile (about 20 sq ft) that I love, but it’s really expensive. It was given to me. Could I mix the tile with wood? Maybe do tile around the toilet and wood in the rest of the room? I am looking to get out of this fairly inexpensively. Thanks!

  6. I have an ugly plyood floor in the bathroom after pulling up 3 layers of old linoleum. Also- a clawfoot bathtub that can not be moved. What is the best way to go here? Can you river rock the floor around the tub and then paint and seal the plywood? Any ideas?

  7. Hi Karin,
    Why can’t the clawfoot tub be moved? If you really want to river rock the floor around the tub, it’s best to lay the tub on top of the new flooring. River rock is very heavy as well, you’ll need to make sure that the floor joists can support the weight – assuming that you don’t have a concrete slab as a base.

  8. Can you tell me more about the advantages and disadvantages of rubber flooring in the bathroom, particularly if I want to use it in the shower area as well. Thanks

  9. We want to remove our carpet in our master bathroom. We are a young couple trying to keep our house kind of hip and young looking. We have hardwood floors through out the house. Besides tile, what else can we lay down to keep the hip, urban look in the bathroom?

  10. Ryan,
    Besides the ideas in the article above, you can try different options, such as finding a tile you like, and then use contrasting bathroom floor rugs, or using the hardwood in there as well (be sure to seal it to protect from moisture). Decorating is really a personal choice that is really hard to help with.


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