Bathroom Floors

Sara Miller
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Bathrooms are a space for utility, but thanks to inventive light fixtures, lively color schemes, modern fixtures, and intelligent design, it can also be a sanctuary of relaxation. Whether you are remodeling a bathroom or starting from scratch, keep these design considerations in mind:

Wall and Flooring Considerations

Virtually any material can be used to surface walls and floors in the bathroom as long as it's waterproof, either naturally or by means of an impervious finish, affirms TLC. Tile (ceramic or stone) works best in a bathroom. Wood flooring and linoleum is less common, although used if the right impervious finish, it can work. If you love wood but don't want the upkeep, investigate the new synthetic wood flooring materials.

Tile, moisture-resistant vinyl, laminated wood, and Wainscot make great materials for a bathroom wall. If painting your bathroom, use high-gloss, water-resistant paint.

Design Considerations

If your goal is to open up a small space, lighter colors, airy textures, and use of mirrors can make a bathroom appear bigger than it really is. Also consider the use of the space. What’s the traffic pattern? How often is the bathroom used? Where is the window located? Is counter space important to you? All these questions will help you answer placement and size of your countertop/sink, toilet, tub/shower, and storage space.

Intelligent Design

No bathroom is complete without adequate lighting and ventilation. Windows and other sources of light and ventilation add to the design of a bathroom. Use natural light as much as possible by reflecting light from the window/s.

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