When it comes to picking out products for a renovation, we’re often distracted by the more substantial fixtures and fittings.

Baths, showers and extravagant vanity units all seem to take priority on bathroom shopping lists. However, here at VP HQ, we’d argue there’s a far more important aspect to consider first.

Your bathroom’s flooring should be the basis of its design. The first thing you come into contact with when entering a room, flooring helps set the tone of a space.

Whether you go for something understated or something extravagant, it really can make or break your bathroom’s style.

So, with this in mind, we’ve put together this quick list of our top 10 bathroom flooring ideas, along with some tips to help you choose the best flooring for bathrooms.

Choosing the Best Flooring for Bathrooms

Settling on the perfect bathroom flooring idea can be a bit of a minefield. There’s a lot think about!

From real wood to vinyl planks and various types of tile, there are a plethora of different designs in styles to suit almost any space.

But it’s not just about style. You’ll also need to weigh up what kind of properties are most important to you in flooring.

Different kinds of flooring will offer different levels of comfort, quietness, and warmth underfoot.

You’ll also find some bathroom flooring boasting anti-slip properties. If safety is your main concern we recommend going for these. For more guidance here, try our recent blog: What Are Tile Anti Slip Ratings.

Below, we’ve assembled a list of the four most common types of bathroom flooring with brief explanations of their pros and cons.

  • Vinyl Planks - Great at retaining heat and dampening sound, it’s no wonder our vinyl flooring range has been booming in popularity recently. Vinyl planks feel soft underfoot and are also available with impressively realistic wood effect finishes, making them a good choice for those who want the real wood look without the higher costs and regular maintenance.
  • Ceramic Tiles - Another widely used option, ceramic tiles are known for their durability and resistance to wear and tear. They’re usually lighter and easier to work with when compared to porcelain tiles, but they’re also slightly more susceptible to cracking. Cold to the touch, they’re not the most welcoming choice for chilly bathrooms.
  • Porcelain Tiles - Still by far the most popular option for bathrooms flooring ideas, porcelain tiles are highly resistant to wear and can last decades if installed professionally. Thicker and heavier, they feel even more substantial than ceramic options - though this can make them a little more difficult to cut. Avoid if you hate the feeling of cold tiles underfoot - unless you pair them with underfloor heating.
  • Real Wood Flooring - Increasingly rare in UK bathrooms, real wood flooring is a stunning choice for those wanting to create a rustic, lived-in space. The downside? The natural material is costlier, harder to install, and more maintenance-intensive than vinyl and tile options.

Our 10 Favourite Bathroom Flooring Options

What about bathroom wall ideas?

Once you’ve had a good think about some of our bathroom floor ideas, you’ll probably want to pick out something complementary for your walls, too. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with our blog on 5 Trending Bathroom Wall Ideas. We shed light on some of the latest trends for bathroom walls, from innovative new types of tiling to fluted cladding.

Like the look of the products mentioned in our bathroom flooring ideas? Want even more choice? Check out our entire range of floor tiles. For all other bathroom inspiration, stick with us here on the Victorian Plumbing blog.