The change of seasons is an excellent time to change out your bathroom floor, and when choosing your flooring, it’s always important to keep the renovation to resale value ratio in mind. We’ve researched and gathered seven bathroom floor trends that will enhance your house, your quality of life, and your wallet.
Porcelain Marble Tile
Marble tile is a classic bathroom floor trend. Marble-look tile flooring offers a much broader option of choices for a much more reasonable price. If you’re looking for a uniform bathroom, the marble-look tile can be placed on your sink countertop as well. Benefits to using porcelain over marble are that porcelain is much stronger, durable and more stain-resistant to marble.
This is a perfect option if you want the look of hardwood in your bathroom, but not the swelling or warping from potential water damage. Manufacturers are getting better and better at creating tile that look and feel nearly identical to real wood. While the cost is slightly higher than real wood, wood-look tile will last much longer.
The Arabesque Tile design is an ornamental design consisting of flowing, intertwined lines – while the name is Middle Eastern, the colors and patterns of Arabesque Tile can range from Southwestern to toile. This flooring trend works best with ceramic tiles, and it’s a gorgeously visual way to make your bathroom pop without popping your budget.
Concrete flooring is an excellent idea if you’re looking for warmth beneath your feet. Radiant floor heating works extremely well with concrete flooring, but make certain that your contractor is qualified to handle the extra work that the radiant floor heat installation will require. On its own or with heating, the clean, classic design of concrete flooring is a trend that will withstand the test of time.
The mixed-length flooring style is a trend that’s here to stay. It’s a clever, low cost way to provide unexpected details in a visually small space. Plus, it works with tile, vinyl or wood-like patterns. Try it with porcelain tile, wood-look tile or even recreate an old-time saloon style pattern. This trend is unique to you!
Radiant Floor Heating
Radiant Floor Heating is when coils below your flooring circulate heat using gas, solar, electrical or geothermal energy sources. Radiant Floor Heating works best with concrete, natural tile and stone floors. This trend is more expensive than the others, but can provide the best resale value for your home. Plus, there’s the added benefit of never stepping on icy cold bathroom floors during the winter again!
Unique tile shapes
Historically, builders, contractors and homeowners have used the traditional 12” by 12” tile for bathroom floors. The new trend is to use smaller shapes to create a more visually appealing pattern. While these smaller tiles create a more expensive flooring, we feel that this trend will add more appeal for your home. There is an extra benefit in that you can select geometric, randomized, monochromatic or even jewel-glazed tiles to create a completely unique bathroom floor.
The bathroom is one of the two sanctuaries of your home, and the flooring is one of the best ways for you to make it “your” space. Before choosing your flooring, make certain that you research, request samples, and ask for recommendations from experts in the field and above all, have fun!