Designing your new bathroom starts with your choice of floor tiles. The colour and texture of the floor sets the tone for the room, determines how long you’ll spend cleaning it, and has implications for the safety of everyone using it.
Natural stone tiles have been a major trend for bathrooms over the past few years, and their unique, beauty looks set to stay. One difference we’re seeing of late is the size of the tiles. Less grout and more stunning stone beauty is the order of the day. They’re easier to clean and a striking design choice.
OK, so you’ve made your decision to use stone tiling – but what kind should you choose? Here’s our handy guide to finding the perfect natural flooring for your bathroom. We’ve taken a close look at the three most popular choices: marble, limestone and travertine.
The Lustrous Warmth of Limestone Floor Tiles
What could be more perfect for your bathroom than flooring made up of sedimented seashells? Limestone has an understated elegance, and it’s a perennial favourite for bathrooms. If you’re looking for a natural, lustrous warmth, the soft, open pore structure of this mellow stone could be the choice for you.
• Advantages of Limestone Tiles – it’s extremely durable flooring; if carefully maintained your limestone floor could last for ever. It’s easy to cut which makes it a flexible material to work with and its matte, textured finish makes it non-slip. Limestone tiles also tend to be cheaper than marble or travertine flooring.
• Disadvantages of Limestone Tiles – the porous texture of limestone means that it needs to be sealed regularly to prevent staining and dust accumulation.
Limestone bathroom floor tiles will stay looking good with just a regular wipe-over using soapy water.
The Elegance and Striking Beauty of Marble Floor Tiles
Light, neutral colours are favoured at the moment, as they make small rooms look larger. The uniquely veined patterning of marble floor tiles has inspired artists and adorned palaces ever since the Romans first popularised it. Now it’s a stylish contemporary choice that reflects natural light and enhances the sense of well-being inspired by your bathroom.
• Advantages of Marble Tiles – every tile is unique and the patterning is naturally formed. If you’re planning on fitting underfloor heating in your bathroom, marble is a great thermal conductor, so you’ll be cosy in minutes. Finally, the high polish on marble cannot be matched by any other stone.
• Disadvantages of Marble Tiles – there is always the danger of scratching and staining with stone flooring – regular sealing is a must. The shiny surface also increases the risk of slippage.
Marble bathroom tiles require only the lightest of touches to look good; regular wiping with soapy water will keep your tiles looking pristine.
The Warm, Earthy Tone of Travertine Foor Tiles
This is fast becoming the most popular stone floor choice where the design seeks to emulate the colours and warmth of Mediterranean culture. Travertine is a derivative of limestone and it’s characterised by natural pits and voids which gives every tile a unique patterning and texture. These tiles come in a range of colours through cream, tan and ochre.
• Advantages of Travertine Tiles – there’s no waiting for these tiles to ‘weather’; the texture and colouration provides an instant ‘lived in’ look to your bathroom. They have a non-slip texture and are extremely durable – given regular cleaning and sealing. This is probably the most flexible of stone tiles, they can be easily cut to fit awkward spaces.
• Disadvantages of Travertine Tiles – these are the most expensive of the stone tiles we’ve reviewed. Regular sealing is necessary as they susceptible to staining and discolouration otherwise.
Soapy water is all you need to keep your travertine floor looking as good as new.
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