When planning your spa-inspired bathroom, it helps to start from the ground up. The material, texture, and design of your floor can set the tone for the rest of your spa décor. We’ll look at the best flooring materials, designs, and some additional considerations for your spa bathroom ideas.
Worry-Free Ceramic Tile
Quite possibly, the most common spa flooring material is ceramic tile. Even in ancient Rome, they had rich stone tiles lining their baths. All types of tile are incredibly durable and built to take rough wear for years, but ceramic tile is the best choice for bathrooms because it is more moisture-resistant than other types of tile. No matter how serene your bathroom is, your floor will still need to stand up to high humidity and constant water splashes. Ceramic tile’s toughness also makes it easy to clean. Since it’s stain-resistant, you can scrub it all you want, and the dirt and grime will disappear, but the tile will stay strong.
Warm Wood Floors
Another traditional option for a spa-like atmosphere is hardwood flooring. There are obvious pros and cons that come to mind, but hardwood floors are a classic for a reason. Wood floors are a traditionally natural material, which helps put people at ease, making them the perfect floor for a calming spa environment. Plus, they are warmer and more comforting than almost any other bathroom flooring option. But with all the benefits of hardwood floors, you’re going to need a sealer that is up to the task. Your home spa will expose wood floors to all kinds of spills, splashes, moisture, and humidity, which, if unattended to, will cause warping and cracking and greatly diminish the life of your floors.
If you’re hesitant to go with ceramic tile or hardwood for your spa, consider other ways to work natural materials into your space. Not only will natural materials add warmth, but they also dampen sound, helping you get as relaxed as possible in your own home. Check out floor mats, vanities, shelves, and cabinets as other ways to include these materials.
Alternative Spa Materials
When it comes to spa flooring materials, there are still more options outside of natural ones. Cement is a popular choice due to its durability, stripped-down aesthetic, and low cost. The simplicity of a cement floor can be felt all through your spa experience. The biggest drawback to cement is that it is unforgiving. Drop anything delicate, and it’s likely to break. Plus, your joints will take more of a beating if you’re walking on it constantly.
Vinyl flooring has become a very popular choice for bathrooms because it can dampen sound, it’s inexpensive, and maintenance is incredibly easy since it’s waterproof. Plus, vinyl flooring comes in all different patterns and designs to bring some intrigue into your spa. Geometric patterns on your floors will illicit sophistication without looking too flashy, making it the perfect place to relax.
When choosing your flooring material, you should also consider the part that color will play in making your shower room serene. Typically, spas are meant to feel immaculate and bright, so often, they are white or off-white. But don’t be afraid of a little more color. There are plenty of soft, muted colors that can still fit the tranquil environment you’re going for. Stay away from colors and pairings that might be bold and energizing. Instead, opt for warm neutrals like creams, grays, and beiges, paired with colors found in nature like soft blues and green accents to add some visual appeal.
If all else fails and your space is still feeling too bare, try adding a rug. Not only will it help keep your bare feet off a cold floor in the morning, but it will also add a pop of color and coziness. Make sure that it’s stain-resistant, water-repellent, and machine washable to avoid mold and bacteria growth. And don’t just stop at rugs—you can add all kinds of different materials through décor using marble, wood, wool, and metal, to create a sense of Zen.
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