Give your bathroom a gorgeous grounding...
Looking for some bathroom flooring ideas? Your choice of bathroom flooring is a simple 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? Rustic stone floors, modern patterned tiles, traditional encaustic tiles, stylish stone terrazzo, or even pretty outdoor tiles? Poured concrete, resin, cement (or even stylish cement tiles), or how about an elegant parquet? Plain, painted or patterned? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite looks for a stylish bathroom floor to get you off on the right, ahem, foot..
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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 plaster, they create a look that whispers luxury rather than shouting too loudly.
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.
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.
We’ve sifted through our Livingetc archives and pulled out 31 of our favourite bathroom flooring ideas. Get inspired…
Warm woods, graphic tiles and sleek fittings are beautifully combined.
Get the look: The Tara shower fitting is by Dornbracht. The floor tiles are by Mosaic Del Sur. The wall is covered in Venetian plaster by Loggia.
This smart, small bathroom space is covered head to toe in tiny black chevron tiles, giving it a cool hotel bathroom look.
Vertical tiles accentuate height in the bathroom and a basin with an integrated towel rack helps keep the walls clutter-free. The terrazzo flooring brings an urban touch.
Get the look The white glazed ceramic wall tiles are from Signorino Tile Gallery in Melbourne. Fired Earth does similar tiles. This is the Pressed Glass wall light by Tom Dixon. The washbasin is by Pozzi-Ginori. CP Hart has a good range of washbasins with towel rails. The bath is by Duravit. For a shower like this, try John Lewis. For terrazzo floor tiles try Iris Ceramica.
Wood looks uber chic in this sumptuous master bathroom.
Get the look: The bath is by Porcelanosa and the taps are from Vola. The chandelier is by Timothy Oulton at Harrods. João found the marble bust at Architectural Forum. The wall lights are by Buster + Punch.
A slatted wood floor in this wet room feels warm under foot, and ensures all the water runs away.
Get the look: The wood floor is made from exterior decking. Try thedecktileco.co.uk for a stylish selection. The Palermo light fittings are from Sparks Electrical. The mirror was made to measure. Any good glazier will be able to cut a shape to your design or try Dominic Schuster. The hammam towel is from Future and Found.
A patterned floor adds some pizzazz to this bathroom space.
Get the look: The concrete floor tiles were brought back from Morocco.
The look in this bathroom is kept simple with aqua metro tiles and graphic flooring.
Get the look: These are Pencil Salon tiles by Bert & May. Try Victorian Plumbing for a similar roll-top bath.
Get the look: The tiles are from The Antique Floor Company. The mirror is from Absolute Flowers & Home. The wall lights are from Caroline de Kerangal. The bath and brassware are from The Albion Bath Company.
Picking out the blue from the stand-out floor tiles and using it on the walls and ceiling gives a lovely cocooning feel.
Get the look: Floor tiles, Martin Moore. Vintage tables, eBay. Similar bath, Drummonds. Dressing area door handle, Buster + Punch. Plants, Pearspring.
The enveloping dark background is relieved by splashes of green foliage and black and white floor tiles, the traditional pattern giving a nod to the property’s Victorian heritage.
Get the look: The Salcombe bath is by The Cast Iron Bath Company. The bronze brass finish taps are by Bespoke Taps. The Devonstone floor tiles are from Tiles Direct.
In this bathroom, the wet area is separated from the basins with a more resilient floor, while wood floorboards make the space feel warm and luxurious.
Get the look: The bath is a vintage find, which has been repainted. The pink curtains are from Lovely Home Idea.
Plain, concrete flooring is perfect for creating a utilitarian, rough-around-the-edges look.
Get the look: Metro tiles, Topps Tiles. Savoy sink and pedestal, Bathstore.
Who says you can't have your bath on a parquet floor? We recommend using a stylish bath mat to protect the floor and keep it looking elegant.
Get the look: The Tamar bath in polished finish, Drummonds. Taps, Catchpole & Rye. Curtains in Silk Wool Pink Champagne, Fox Linton. Quilt, designed by Emma.
Chevron-shaped marble tiles on the floor work seamlessly with the large marble wall tiles. The centrally placed tub and walk-in shower, accessed from both sides, create a sense of spaciousness.
Get the look: The wall, cupboard doors and bath – a reclaimed design bought from Lassco – are all painted in Stiffkey Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The marble splashback and floor tiles and glass shower screen are from Fired Earth.
A rustic stone floor creates a country look in this family bathroom.
Get the look: The flooring is reclaimed York stone. The bath is Drummonds. The WC Throne seat is from Thomas Crapper & Co.
Small, circular shaped tiles help to make Jonathan Adler's bathroom feel even more spacious.
Get the look: Chippendale chair, Jonathan Adler. Bulb light, vintage find. Brass table in shower, vintage find
A poured floor creates a striking industrial inspired contrast against the chic marble walls. A marble-clad tub with a bespoke vanity unit is a sleek tonal combo of contemporary design.
Get the look: Try Marble City for similar stone tiles. The basin and brassware are by Aston Matthews. CP Hart is a good source of similar hardwood vanity units. The photo of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon was taken by his colleague Neil Armstrong. Bonhams holds auctions of space-age memorabilia such as this.
Slate flooring sets a dark and moody backdrop for hip hotel-style additions.
Get the look: The metro brick tiles are from Material Plans. For a similar bath, try CP Hart. The bath towel by Khadi and Co is available at The Conran Shop and Aesop’s hand wash is from Twentytwentyone.
Marble flooring calms this wild Palm Springs inspired scheme.
Get the look: Antique bath, The Architectural Forum. Beverly Hills Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper, Designer Wallcoverings
Chequered floor tiles create a classic, traditional look.
Get the look: The metro tiles are from Walls and Floors. The brassware is by B&Q. The Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in 1971 photograph is by Terry O’Neill from The Little Black Gallery
Throughout the house, the colour palette is drawn from a mixture of blues, including cobalts and azures.
Get the look The glass mosaic tiles are from Fired Earth. Find a freestanding tub at Aston Matthews.
If you're unsure of which flooring to go for, a large rug can help transform the space while you decide on a tile – or makes a great alternative for rental properties.
Get the look: The bath, shower fittings and brassware are all from Edwins Bathrooms.
Tucked under the eaves of the top floor, the oval bath is a welcome sanctuary at the end of the day. Painted floorboards are a simple and stylish flooring solution.
Get the look The bath and tap are from CP Hart.
Each time the budget was a bit tight, the architect would suggest the owners save money by cutting back on the marble but they were adamant it stays as it’s so glam.
Get the look The Portuguese marble was sourced by Jon Loveday. These are Mackintosh shower fittings and basin taps by Lefroy Brooks. For a similar shower screen and mirrored wall cabinet, try CP Hart.
The owners wanted the bath to have a wide rim to balance a cup of tea on – or a glass of wine, depending on the time of day. Large slate tiles suit the room's generous proportions.
Get the look The oversized bath is from Castello Luxury Baths and the cast-iron radiator is from The 21st Century Radiator Company. The Slate Luserna floor tiles in Blu are from Tower Ceramics Limited and the wall tiles are by Emery & Cie. For a similar blind, try John Lewis.
This room has a contemporary feel, but careful use of materials links it with the more traditional elements elsewhere in the house – the metro tiles match those in the utility room and the natural wood of the cabinets mirrors the furnishing throughout.
Get the look The bathroom cabinet was designed by Stephen Akehurst. Try CP Hart for similar. Head to Mandarin Stone for limestone floor tiles. The Jade lamp table (used as a stool) is by Wilhelmina McCarroll for Zuster in Melbourne. Try Objekten for similar.
Tactile tadelakt and lava stone tiles wrap around this bathing space that’s both efficient and indulgent.
Get the look: These are Made a Mano lavastone tiles. The handshower and brassware are Gessi at CP Hart.
The shade on the bath strikes just the right note for a bathing space that’s feminine but not flashy.
Get the look: The bath is from The Cast Iron Bath Company, painted in Calamine by Farrow & Ball. The mirror cabinet was a vintage find. The flooring is from Verona Marble. The nickel taps are Lefroy Brooks. The light was bought in Morocco. Buy an Eames DSR chair at The Conran Shop. This is the Beginning cushion by Jessica Zoob for Black Edition at Romo.
Cladding the walls and floors in marble tiles makes for a luxurious look.
Get the look: Porcelanosa sells similar marble tiles. Aston Matthews sells wall-mounted brass towel rails.
The master bathroom is the place to relax at the end of a long day. The bath came with the house, but the walk-in shower was tucked in later, enabling a quicker wash-and-go in the morning.
Get the look: Find a similar bath at The Albion Bath Company. The brassware is by Villeroy & Boch.
The floor tiles are by Mosaic del Sur.
Textural marble is used as a statement feature when balanced against white walls and warm stained oak floorboards.
Get the Look: The freestanding Ottocento bath is by Agape. The Offcut stool is by Tom Dixon.