Give your bathroom a gorgeous grounding..

Planning a new bathroom? Your choice of flooring is a fabulous way to set the right tone for your scheme and the ideal place to start. Once you know what you’re drawn towards and what is feasible budget-wise, then you can start planning the rest of the room around it. But what to choose? Stone, timber, tiles, terrazzo? Plain, painted or patterned? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite looks to get you off on the right, ahem, foot..

Blessed with original boards that are in good condition? Make the most of this wonderful feature with a wood stain and sealant. Alternatively, create a similar effect with reclaimed timber. Teamed with plain white walls and simple sanitary-ware you’ll achieve a look that’s calming and cool. Aiming for laid-back luxe? Take your timber flooring up a few notches with an eye-catching book-matched marble wall and a freestanding tub.

For all-out elegance marble is the go-to material for floors – and walls. For a similar style without the high price tag, there are plenty of marble-effect porcelain tiles on the market. Lava stone tiles are another elegant option. Laid in a smart herringbone pattern and offset with tadelakt creates a look that whispers luxury rather than shouting too loudly.

See our edit of chic marble bathrooms.

Encaustic cement tiles are bang on trend and those with a monochrome Moorish pattern make a magnificent style statement. Go dark and decadent with a steely grey finish on the walls, ceiling and wood work, or fresh and bright with an all white backdrop – either way a splash of verdant green in the form of a parlour palm, will lend a far away boutique hotel feel.

See our edit of bathroom encaustic tile ideas.

Want to add interest without committing to a bold pattern that you may tire of? Think out of the box and go for tiles in a shape other than square or rectangular, such as the hexagonal mosaics shown below. Geometrics is a trend that’s set to stay for a while.


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