Say what you will about bathrooms—but they're one of our favorite spaces to redesign. Their small square-footage makes them a perfect place to experiment with bright colors, bold wallpapers, and graphic tile motifs, so the sky's the limit when it comes to gathering inspiration.
And one of the best ways to infuse a ton of personality and wow-factor into your bathroom is undoubtedly with a flooring upgrade. Whether you simply re-paint existing wood flooring, or opt for a more intricate pattern of penny tiles, sleek marble-effect slabs, or even just add a few new rugs to warm up the space, there's just something so satisfying about turning your home's powder room or master bath into something resembling a destination, not just a room built around utility.
For a small hall bath, many flooring projects can be undertaken in a weekend (just make sure you have another bathroom space handy during that time—we speak from experience). For larger, more luxurious makeovers, such as elaborate master bath remodels, it's often best to leave that to experts. (Though, of course, dressing up a drab tile floor with a few runners or fancy new bath mats is something anyone can achieve.)
Scroll on for some of our favorite bathroom flooring ideas—and let these options inspire your next DIY endeavor.
Create A Cozy Surrounding
We love the look of tile—as the rest of this list proves—but there's something so warm and cozy about the look of wood, whether real or engineered. Continuing this herringbone-laid material up the walls surrounding the tub creates a cozy, welcoming vibe with a bit of a Scandi bent.
Mixing tile shapes is one of the most accessible ways to infuse some uniqueness and personality into a bathroom, even while staying within a neutral palette. Here, hexagonal floor tiles mimic the angular shapes of the window, while providing some contrast from the subway tile surrounds.
To avoid creating a look that's too "busy" when mixing tile shapes, be sure to vary the scale—penny tile pairs nicely with subway tile, or oversized hexagonal shapes to create some variation.
Get Inspired By Textiles
Do a double-take—this unique tile motif looks like a woven pattern at first glance. Borrowing patterns and styles from your favorite textiles and reimagining them in an unexpected material is a great way to infuse personality into a powder room—and here, it adds a graphic pop to an already colorful vanity.
Choose The Irregular Choice
There's more to simple square tiles than you might think. While the shape is classic, there are so many different finishes and styles available—so even a simple symmetrical pattern gets some added interest. Choose handmade ceramic tiles with a bit of a hand-touched feel to them, or opt for natural stone to add depth and texture that lends a more elevated vibe than your standard hardware store fare.
Low-pile vintage rugs are becoming a commonplace sight in the kitchen...and there's no reason they can't make a migration to the master bath, too. Moroccan style rugs with a low-pile (or flat-weave composition) add a touch of indulgence to the bathroom.
Layering rugs is a designer-favorite trick in the rest of the home—so why not in the bathroom? A large, flat-weave pieces provides everyday softness underfoot in this large bathroom, while a super-soft sheepskin ensures that the luxury of a long soak doesn't end when you step out.