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What's the best bathroom flooring?

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TuttiFrutti · 27/07/2008 14:40

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?

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Electricgooberella · 27/07/2008 14:44

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

QuintessentialShadows · 27/07/2008 14:50

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 · 27/07/2008 14:52

Ditto QS.

TuttiFrutti · 27/07/2008 17:58

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.

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Anna8888 · 27/07/2008 18:25

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 · 27/07/2008 23:52

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 · 28/07/2008 00:12

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

gigglewitch · 28/07/2008 00:16

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
they were on an offer in Focus, and i grabbed a granny on their 'discount'day, and took my mum along, did the whole bathroom for 30 quid in the end!

QuintessentialShadows · 28/07/2008 12:40

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.
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 · 28/07/2008 12:54

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 · 28/07/2008 12:56

marmoleum

claricebeansmum · 28/07/2008 12:57

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

EachPeachPearMum · 28/07/2008 13:01

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

TuttiFrutti · 28/07/2008 14:20

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.

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PinkPussyCat · 28/07/2008 14:23

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

hana · 28/07/2008 14:26

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

CantSleepWontSleep · 29/07/2008 09:30

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

noddyholder · 29/07/2008 15:10

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

Swedes · 29/07/2008 21:14

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

Swedes · 29/07/2008 21:14

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

badgermonkey · 29/07/2008 21:17

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 · 29/07/2008 22:16

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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