Creating a spa-like atmosphere in your Ottawa home bathroom is easy when you use the right materials. Natural products, luxurious finishes and low-maintenance are top requirements for bringing the feel of a spa home. Following are three recommendations for flooring that will meet these requirements and won’t break the bank.
Natural Stone Tile
Nothing says spa like the look of natural stone. It brings to mind mineral springs and the great outdoors, lending an organic warmth and texture to your bathroom. While not always the most cost-effective option, a little stone can go a long way to achieving the luxurious look you want.
Slate tile is a perfect option for bathroom flooring because it is naturally slip resistant. While it tends to be dark, it is available in a wide variety of colors, including blue, grey and rusty red. Slate is most commonly associated with a rustic look, but it’s a natural fit in modern and traditional homes as well.
Travertine tile is a favorite with homeowners that want a classic look and light, neutral finishes in the bathroom. Ranging in color from creamy white to pinks and yellows, travertine is a timeless and durable material. Travertine is quite porous and will need to be sealed occasionally to prevent staining and damage.
Soapstone is an often overlooked material that works great in bathrooms. It is slip-resistant and low-maintenance, with no sealing required. The color of the stone will become darker over time, and an occasional treatment with mineral oil will keep the stone looking its best.
Eco-friendly products are a spa essential, from the health and beauty products you use on yourself, to the building materials you use in the room. There are some eco-friendly flooring options that have gained popularity in recent years that are worth considering in the bathroom, too.
Cork flooring is made from the highly renewable bark of the cork tree. It is naturally water resistant and very resilient, providing a soft surface for your daily bathroom routine. It also resists mildew (a big bonus in the bathroom), but a no-VOC sealer is recommended to make it water tight.
Linoleum is another green flooring option that has been experience a resurgence lately. Often confused with vinyl flooring, linoleum is made from all-natural products and it is antimicrobial. It resists heat and water damage, and it is available in an endless variety of colors.
Some spas emphasize bright, bold colors to lift your mood. If this is your ideal, then ceramic tile is the perfect choice. Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, ceramic tile can be the perfect way to make your bathroom reflect your style and personality. While not as strong as porcelain tile, it typically costs less and is super easy to clean and maintain.
If you’re ready to turn your bathroom into a spa-like retreat, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Ottawa East. We’ll help you find the right flooring to bring that luxury home.