Design Matters | Eco-Friendly Bathroom Flooring

Contemporary Bathroom design by Forward Designers and Builders

Choosing the right flooring material for a bathroom can be a challenge. The choice must be attractive, durable, and stand up to constant moisture. Here's a breakdown of some great choices.

Ceramic or porcelain tiles (above) are the classic choice for the bathroom floor. Available in a wide range of styles, sizes, and prices, it is the most common choice.

Modern Bathroom design by San Francisco Architect Feldman Architecture, Inc.

Concrete floors are a tough, inexpensive, and attractive choice for contemporary spaces. Concrete is unique in that it can perform both as the structural floor and the finished floor, simplifying the building process a bit.

Modern Bathroom Tile design by San Francisco Tile Stone And Countertop Modwalls

Pebble or glass pieces can be a unique solution for the bathroom floor. Available from manufacturers such as Modwalls, or sourced from the environment with a little work, they can be installed like tile to create a water resistant floor with texture.

Modern Bathroom design by Los Angeles Architect Marmol Radziner

Wood floors can be used with confidence in bathroom settings if properly sealed. This is great if you are looking for a seamless transition into the bathroom or if you love the warmth of wood. Be sure that the flooring you choose is sustainably harvested.

Traditional Bathroom design by Portland Maine Architect Whitten Architects

Linoleum is an outdated choice that is due for a comeback. Unlike vinyl, it is made from natural materials and is inherently antimicrobial. It is also scratch, fire, and water resistant, making it a perfect material for bathroom floors.

Contemporary Bathroom design by Forward Designers and Builders

Wood Slats over tile is a sleek contemporary solution to warm up a space with many hard tiled surfaces. Make sure the wood is dense and able to cope with the moisture, like teak, and that it is harvested sustainably.