Chic, contemporary, and environmentally friendly, bamboo flooring combines easy care with elegance. Available in both narrow- and wide-plank styles, strand-woven bamboo flooring is durable and water resistant. It comes in a range of patterns and natural color variations, from variegated tiger stripes to mottled burl looks.
Related: 10 Reasons to Love Bamboo Floors
If you’re seeking durability, you can’t get much stronger than concrete. But for a decorative edge, try stamped concrete. Virtually any design can be imprinted, and the pattern will last as long as the floor itself. Special dyes can be mixed into the concrete to create customized colors that further enhance the patterns.
Related: How To Stain Concrete
With natural stone pebble flooring, you can bring the outdoors inside and imagine yourself bathing al fresco. Pebble flooring is affixed to the subfloor or foundation through the use of special epoxy coatings that are durable, water resistant, and beautiful. Plus, the natural texture of the stone pebbles provides great traction for your tootsies!
Related: Bathroom Floor Tiles: 14 Top Options
A Real Corker
Cork is naturally water resistant and antibacterial, and it creates a striking and unique look in the bath. Natural cork flooring comes in sheet form, tiles, pieced mosaics, or natural round disks. Cork can be stained any color, if desired, and is installed using mastic and grout; sealing is recommended.
Related: 5 Things to Do with... Wine Corks
What’s Old Is New Again
Vinyl and linoleum flooring, popular choices in the 1950s, were for a long time staples of bathrooms, kitchens, and rec rooms all across America. Vinyl is enjoying renewed popularity, fueled in part by the enormous diversity of designs available today. Vinyl flooring is easy to install and maintain, and best of all, won’t break the budget.
Related: How To: Clean Vinyl Flooring
Wonders of Wood
Hardwood flooring is offered in a huge range of materials, styles, and finishes, making it a natural in the bath. Available in solid wood and less expensive laminate, wood flooring is versatile and fairly durable, although it should be sealed for use in bathrooms and other areas where moisture is present. Consider wide planks, narrower strips, and engineered parquet designs.
Related: How To: Refinish Hardwood Floors
Glass block and glass mosaic are upscale and unique bathroom flooring options. Glass is resistant to moisture, stains, mold, and mildew, and it's extremely easy to clean—simply wipe with warm water or clean with a vinegar-and-water solution. Glass is available in clear, solid, or multicolored hues, and can be textured for added traction.
This traditional stone flooring material can be expensive, but nothing quite matches marble for durability, texture, or luxury. Marble adds a level of sophistication and style to any home and is widely used for bathrooms, kitchens, and foyers. Marble is naturally water resistant and extremely easy to maintain, and is available in a wide range of natural colorations.
Sustainable Sea Grass
Sea grass flooring is a natural fiber constructed from flowering plants found in marshes. It is naturally nonporous and water resistant, repels mold and mildew, and is extremely easy to clean, making it ideal for the bath. Sea grass has the added benefit of being naturally hypoallergenic—and the soft fibers feel great underfoot!
Related: How To: Choose Carpeting
A Touch of the Orient
Oriental rugs are yet another "nontraditional" traditional bathroom floor covering. Today's Oriental rugs are constructed of water- and stain-resistant fibers in a rainbow of colors, styles, and sizes to fit virtually any decorating scheme. Some homeowners actually use antique Orientals in the bathroom, because the dyes intensify and deepen when exposed to water.
Related: How To: Clean a Rug
Mix and Match
Carpet tiles allow you to personalize any floor by arranging colors, patterns, and textures in numerous combinations. They are durable, easily replaceable, slip resistant, and generally constructed of water-resistant synthetic fibers, making them a good choice for bathrooms. Carpet tile squares come either dry-backed or self-sticking.
Related: 20 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Big
Lovely and Luminous
Emulate a high-end designer look with surprisingly affordable quartz crystal flooring. Clear or colored quartz aggregate is applied using a special epoxy coating that adheres to the subfloor or foundation. The quartz is then sealed with a clear coat, creating extremely durable, water-resistant, and long-lasting flooring that is virtually maintenance-free.
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!