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Elements of Design: Fun Bathroom Flooring

Jul 2018

Sinkology is proud to present Kristan Allen, our design expert and guest blogger who runs the @FarmhouseRedefined Instagram. Kristan is here to share some design ideas and inspiration around designing your home around your Sinkology sink.

Elements of Design: Fun Bathroom Flooring

I’m bringing back the Elements of Design series this month to talk about something that I’ve been focusing on a lot lately…bathroom floors.  I’m starting to map out our basement finishing project and I thought I had a pretty clear vision for each room.  But when it came time to start thinking through the bathroom, I found myself torn between flooring options!

Gone are the days when flooring was supposed to blend into the background, quiet and unassuming.  With so many different types of flooring out there, it can easily be one of the key focal points in a room.  I’ve been sifting through a ton of photos, style boards, and tile samples…and I’m getting close to narrowing my choices down.  In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few favorite bathroom floors and inspiration photos.  Check ’em out!


Wood-Look Tile

Wood-Look Tile_Sloan Architects

I actually have wood-look tile installed in my laundry room and master bath.  I was a little hesitant with my choice at first, wondering if it would look natural.  Three years later, I’m thrilled with the way it turned out.  It looks amazing and it’s so easy to maintain!  Wood-look tile comes in a ton of different sizes, widths and colors…so it’s versatile and easy to tailor to your style.  This bathroom by Sloan Architects stopped my Pinterest-scrolling fingers in their tracks.  I love the soft warmth the floors add.  It’s a nice balance between the neutral cabinets and cool gray walls.  The wider “planks” of the floor give it a rustic, weathered look.


Penny Tile

What goes around comes around, right?  Penny tile is making a big comeback in bathroom floors.  It channels that retro vibe, but it’s easy to give it a fresh, updated feel.  I love this bathroom from a recent HGTV home renovation…the mix of black and white penny tile strikes the perfect balance between vintage and modern.  Plus, the pops of black keep the bathroom from feeling too monotone.  


Hex Tile

Hexagons used to give me the chills…who else hated geometry in school?  But now, they’ve captured my heart.  Hex tiling comes in a variety of sizes, so you can scale it to any bathroom.  The smaller, 2″ marble hex tiles in this bathroom by Studio McGee remind me of an iridescent mermaid tail.  Please tell me I’m not the only one!  Their understated elegance pairs perfectly with those pale blue-green walls and off-white cabinets.  Such a calming space!  Conversely, the oversized hex tiles in this bathroom by Brooke Wagner Design create a cool honeycomb pattern that off-sets the rustic stool and neutral cabinets.  The darker grout helps to define each tile, making the overall “pattern” of the floor bolder.


Encaustic Tile

Encaustic tile has bold patterns that are typically made with different colors of clay and not just a glaze on top.  Sometimes they’re subtle in color, other times they’re bold…but they always add a touch of drama with a global feel.  This space by Mosaic House uses their Madera tile in quiet cream and gray colors, which makes the pattern beautiful and dainty.  It’s the perfect partner for that clawfoot tub!  For something a little “spicier,” I was immediately drawn to this bathroom by Fabienne de la Fraye.  That eye-popping pattern adds such a punch…especially since it’s carried up from the floor to the walls.  The black tub and raw wood ledge tone it down juuuuust enough.


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