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What's the best bathroom flooring?

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TuttiFrutti Sun 27-Jul-08 14:40:40

We've got a white bathroom suite and white wall tiles, with a blue-and-white tile frieze around the top.

We are getting rid of our horrible beige carpet on the bathroom floor, and I was going to put ceramic tiles down, but am just thinking it might feel very cold underfoot. Also, what about the colour? White tiles would get dirty quickly, but would cream/beige look wrong with the white/blue wall tiles?

Electricgooberella Sun 27-Jul-08 14:44:16

You also have to consider the non-slip element. Wet feet, phone rings, you make a dash for it, crash!

QuintessentialShadows Sun 27-Jul-08 14:50:36

Tiles are easy to clean, and a very safe floor covering in terms of water spillage. Can you afford underfloor heating?

If your bathroom in on the first floor, the floor will benefit from some of the warmth from underneath.

As for slippery? Floor tiles are rarely glazed with a smooth surface like wall tiles. They have a different texture to avoid being so slippery. Go check them out at your local B&Q etc. Black floor tiles are lovely. Beige ones too.

You can add a rubber backed bathroom rug anyway.

solo Sun 27-Jul-08 14:52:22

Ditto QS.

TuttiFrutti Sun 27-Jul-08 17:58:20

Yes, the bathroom is on the first floor so never gets very cold. And tiles are easy to clean...

Am coming round to the idea of tiles again, but I hadn't thought of black ones. Will see if I can find some samples somewhere.

Thanks for your input everyone.

Anna8888 Sun 27-Jul-08 18:25:46

I'd have thought tiles would be ideal - either white ones or blue ones to match the frieze tiles. Tiles are very easy to clean.

LovelyDear Sun 27-Jul-08 23:52:26

i had this put down in my last bathroom. it's gorgeous, warm, comes in every colour... can't beat it, i reckon. I used studded sheet but they do tiles and smooth too.

gigglewitch Mon 28-Jul-08 00:12:14

OMG now you've done it ... this is my fave topic to rant debate grin
We've done, and would never recommend - carpet <NOOOOOOOO> laminate, manky common-ordinary-cheap-as-chips lino (actually the best of the NNNoooooooo list) And now <drum roll> ceramic tiles. Fabulousgrin
BTW, we have three two small boys [and one big baby DH] wink who all tend to wee without aim shock

gigglewitch Mon 28-Jul-08 00:16:36

with similar colouring to T-F, we have slate-grey tiles in our bathroom. may sound dark / cold but looks quite rich IMO, and we tend to put various mats down to save the dc making more puddles than necessary wink
they were on an offer in Focus, and i grabbed a granny on their 'discount'day, and took my mum along, did the whole <small> bathroom for 30 quid in the end! <smug>

QuintessentialShadows Mon 28-Jul-08 12:40:26

I have a 12 m2 bathroom with a "tailored" shower cubicle which is 1 meter on each wall. It is a wetroom, so everything is tiled aside from the wall. I have sliding doors into a utility area with washing machine and tumble drier and other hanging facility for clothes that dont tumble dry.

I have chosen a rich coffee coloured large floor tiles, smaller matching ones for the shower area. Buttermilk large wall tiles with decorative tiles in coffee silver and gold. Matches the white units with wallnut hardwood tops, and my bespoke seating unit with drawers and walnut top for the middle of the floor.

I love tiles. grin
I have aqua turquise mosaic tiles for my smaller bathroom, plain white walls, and the same mosaic for decorative lines goint vertically from floor to ceiling. The sink is just a glass bowl on a black surface.

I cant wait to see it all come together.

notcitrus Mon 28-Jul-08 12:54:56

Amtico tiles are warm underfoot and some are somewhat textured so you don't slip. Expensive but worth it if the bathroom's small.

There's other brands of vinyl-type tiles, too.

I'd go for a dark blue-grey mottled effect, myself.

ThePettyandIllinformedGoat Mon 28-Jul-08 12:56:07


claricebeansmum Mon 28-Jul-08 12:57:36

Dalsouple rubber flooring - comes in loads of colours and very practical.

EachPeachPearMum Mon 28-Jul-08 13:01:51

Bamboo is lovely and warm, moisture resistant, and cleans easily too.

TuttiFrutti Mon 28-Jul-08 14:20:06

Thanks for all the extra ideas everyone.

Am loving the thought of slate grey or dark blue tiles - I think that would look really good with white. Will also look into the Amtico and dalsouple rubber flooring, which I hadn't heard of before.

PinkPussyCat Mon 28-Jul-08 14:23:35

Oh have a look at Karndean stuff too (think it's similar to Amtico)

hana Mon 28-Jul-08 14:26:36

rubber is great in a bathroom - we have it in kitchen

CantSleepWontSleep Tue 29-Jul-08 09:30:29

We have black shiny tiles in one bathroom, which sound like they would go for you, but otherwise I'd get amtico, definitely.

noddyholder Tue 29-Jul-08 15:10:54

under floor heating and ceramic tiles is lovely and the wet floor dries really quickly when its on so no clearing up really.

Swedes Tue 29-Jul-08 21:14:35

Amtico is brilliant if you have small children. It's more expensive than ceramic tiles but well worth it.

Swedes Tue 29-Jul-08 21:14:38

Amtico is brilliant if you have small children. It's more expensive than ceramic tiles but well worth it.

badgermonkey Tue 29-Jul-08 21:17:20

I know We all hate laminate, but we've used slate tile-effect laminate in a (small) kitchen and a bathroom now, and it's easy, cheap and gets loads of compliments! And it doesn't look like laminate at all. It's the waterproof type. And god, it's easy to clean.

Pannacotta Tue 29-Jul-08 22:16:20

Another vote for Marmoleum, lovely to look at, fab choice of colours, easy to clean, non slip, good eco credentials and not too pricey either.

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