Bathroom Flooring

When it comes time to remodel your bathroom, or create it from scratch, one important decision involves the material you’ll use for the floor. With some of the bigger decisions that go into constructing a bathroom, the flooring often gets left behind, but it is a crucial part of a bathroom design and can greatly add or deter from the other aesthetics that make your bathroom beautiful and unique. When it comes to bathroom flooring, the choices are varied. Materials include anything from carpeted floors to wood and tile floors. There are pros and cons to each of these choices, and the cost, material and design are almost certain to be a vital decision maker. Here are the positive and negative aspects of each choice, as well as some things to consider before making a commitment.

A more traditional and perhaps, now old-fashioned style, carpeted bathrooms are most often seen in master bathrooms that are connected to a master bedroom. Carpet can be a great way of creating a luxurious and sophisticated bathroom that promotes relaxation and health. However, carpet also has its disadvantages. Ever spill a bottle of shampoo or soap in the bathroom? What about that one time when little Johnny was sick and couldn’t quite make it all the way to the toilet? Carpet will be much more difficult to clean and maintain over time than will other types of flooring. If you have a free standing tub that easily overflows or ever happen to deal with a clogged toilet, this could be very bad news for your carpeted bathroom.

A beautiful choice that seems to have value no matter what style your bathroom takes, is wood (or laminate, if you’re open to saving a few bucks for the same look). Whether your bathroom follows an antique style, a modern style, a rustic style or something in between, wood is almost always a choice with which you can’t go wrong. Wood gives you several choices with the same look, as well. Laminate is slightly cheaper than engineered wood (real wood backed with plywood), but gives off the same look as a pure wood floor. Engineered wood resists humidity and can be a great choice if you live in a humid area or don’t have any windows in your bathroom with which to ventilate the steam. Conversely, wood is also not a friend to water, and if you know that your bathroom usage might be susceptible to water or other fluid leaks, it might not be the best choice for your bathroom remodel.

Tile is one of the most popular flooring choices for not only bathrooms, but for the entirety of your home’s flooring. Tile serves as a great flooring option, because it comes in so many different shapes, styles and colors. Ceramic tile is one of the best choices for bathrooms, because it is durable, waterproof and stain-resistant. Ceramic tile is also known for being slip-resistant, which makes it a great choice for any bathroom that has children running in and out at any given time. Tile is an all-around great choice for the bathroom, but it can be tricky to install, and it can be one of the more expensive materials to purchase. The cost of the tile, plus installation can start to add up, especially if you have a bathroom that’s on the larger side.

A less popular option, cork floors can actually be a great choice and will allow you to create a more sustainable space in your home. Cork can come in a variety of styles and colors and often looks very similar to wood or laminate flooring. The cork material is made from bark and is highly renewable and a great resource for the environment. It is resistant to mold and mildew and it is also water resistant. Cork is also an affordable option for those looking to save room in their budget to splurge on other aspects of the bathroom remodel.

Bamboo is another highly sustainable resource, though not quite as cost effective as cork. On the other hand, bamboo is often undifferentiated from wood, while costing about half the price as true hardwood floors. Bamboo is relatively easy to install, making them a can-do DIY project, and the planks of bamboo are also easy to replace, which is always a great fallback for unseen disasters. For bathrooms, engineered bamboo is the recommended choice, because the planks are durable and withstand humid environments better than some other materials.


These are some of the most popular options for bathroom flooring, and we hope they help you get a head start in your bathroom flooring planning. If you’re remodeling, what type of flooring did you have before, and are you making any changes? If you’re still figuring out the flooring for your new space, what key factors are helping you make a decision? Leave your feedback in the comments below, and let us know which type of flooring you think works best in the bathroom!


Technology is constantly emerging and changing the way we live. As these changes take place, they have started to reach so far as design. Today, even the modern bathroom is utilizing technology in ways that we could never have even imagined ten or twenty years ago. Technology has paved the way for the kind of luxurious and spa-like bathrooms that have become a part of the contemporary expectation. Because new technology is always evolving, we have the opportunity to be continually surprised and enlighten by these new systems and devices, which create ease of use, and often solve problems or make our lives better and more efficient. So what are the top tech trends that can push your bathroom to the next level?

Programmable Shower
Let’s start with the basics – what could be everything you want in a shower? How about the ability to set the temperature to the exact degree you want, an overhead faucet for a rainfall flow, the ability to set the ability to set the strength and position of the water stream, speakers that play your favorite tunes while seamlessly connected to your favorite device through Bluetooth capabilities, and chromatherapy through the use of LED lights built into the faucets. Technology brings you all this and more, creating the perfect shower experience. We’ve only come across one problem – you may never want to get out.

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Tub Sound System
If you have a decked out shower with all the works included, it doesn’t make sense to skimp on the bathtub. Technology has also brought some pretty neat innovations to the tub district. Aside from high-functioning whirlpool and hydrotherapy tubs, you can get a tub that works as its own sounds system. When the tub is empty, the system works like simple stereo, filling the room with sound; but when the tub is full, you can enjoy a relaxing bath not only to the sound of your favorite tunes, but through the vibration the music sends throughout the entire tub, creating an enhanced massage feature to your bathing experience.

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Hands-Free Faucet
Sure, we’re all familiar with hands-free faucets, they’ve been adopted by restaurants and savvy businesses everywhere; but when was the last time you noticed a hands-free faucet in someone’s home? With increasing technology, it’s becoming easier than ever to have these simple luxuries in your home. Why would you want a hands-free faucet, you ask? Well, a hands-free faucet can not only help you stay clear of infections or illness by the reduced hand-to-knob contact, but it can also be a great way to conserve water and help the environment while cutting down on your water bill.

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In-Door Sunbathing
We know, it sounds like a novel idea, but it is actually a thing. The contemporary bathroom style is big on windows. From the wall-sized window of a tenth story building, to the slightly-larger-than-standard bathroom window that looks out onto a home’s backyard, windows are big in contemporary bathroom style. And if you live somewhere that commonly has 100+ degree days, going outside might not sound so pleasurable. Instead, you can enjoy a sun bath from the comfort of your bathroom while you control the inside temperature.

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LED Bathtubs
Similar to the sound system tub, modern technology brings us the LED tub that can light up your bathroom with subtle luxury. Not a fan of candles? No problem. The LED tub will replace the classic candle-lit bath and provide your bathroom with a fresh, sophisticated vibe. If you want the true white-glove experience, you won’t want to skip this.

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Self-Cleaning Toilets
Nobody likes cleaning the toilet, but we’ve all had to do it at some point or another, some of us more frequently than others. But with modern technology, you can now invest in a toilet that cleans itself with every flush, keeping it clean and sparkly for longer periods of time between cleaning cycles. Still other toilets feature self-closing lids and toilet seats that the issue of leaving the toilet seat up is never a problem again.

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Water Proof Television
Have you ever debated between watching an episode of your favorite show and taking a shower? Or maybe you’re someone who likes to be able to catch the morning news as part of their morning routine. Well, with modern technology, you’ll now be able to do both things at once.  With increasing technology updates, we now have water-proof Televisions that will allow you to catch up on news or watch your evening show without wasting time anytime.

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Warming Drawer
Similar to a traditional towel warmer, these warming drawers keep your towel nice and warm for you until you are finished bathing and ready to use them. Many of the warming drawers come with temperature adjustments so that you can set the heat as high or low as you prefer.

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These are some of our favorite bathroom gadgets that modern technology has brought about. Many of them are not needed, but they can be fun perks that liven up your bathroom space and help give it that spa-like vibe. It’s nice to be able to treat yourself to extravagant luxuries here and there, and we’re firm believers that this is as much, if not more true of the bathroom as anywhere else.

Do you use any fun technology in your bathroom? Are there any tech gadgets that you’d like to try? Leave your comments below and let us know which products of modern technology sound best to you!

If you want the ultimate spa experience for your new bathroom, chances are you’re looking at tubs that provide hydrotherapy.  The use of hydrotherapy has been around for centuries, providing therapeutic solutions for people with arthritis, muscle aches, partial paralysis, and more. Those massaging jet streams you enjoy when you soak in a Jacuzzi or hot tub don’t have to be a once-in-a-life time luxury. Instead, they can be a permanent part of your bathroom that you enjoy on a daily or weekly basis. But out of the numerous tub options that are available today, how do you decide which one is right for you? It all depends on your specific needs and what works best with the design of your bathroom.

Air Tubs
Air tubs have several unique features, but the primary difference between them and other hydrotherapy tubs is that they work by releasing thousands of tiny, relaxing air bubbles throughout the tub. These stimulate your muscles and help reduce the pain associated with things like arthritis and excessive exercise. Another feature of air tubs is that they envelope the body in champagne-like fizz that gently caresses the skin. These tubs also stimulate and invigorate touch receptors to mildly release tension associated with tension and stress. These bubbles also appeal to multiple senses, including a blend of aromatherapy bath oils. Air tubs optimize your bathing experience by implementing a tub cleaning system that makes your life easier over time by taking off some of the pressure of frequently cleaning and maintaining your tub over time. Not only will the experience feel delightful, but it will be a constant source of physical therapy whenever you feel the need for it.


Whirlpool Tubs
Whirlpool tubs are just what they sound like: tubs that move water strategically to create increased pressure that circulates. Whirlpool tubs also normally feature air jets that can be used for massage purposes in addition to the way they help circulate the water in the tub. Whirlpool tubs soothe muscles instantly through a stronger deep tissue massage. If you are experiencing severe muscle soreness or simply want the ultimate massage experience, a whirlpool tub might be the best option for your new bathroom. Whirlpool tubs often create a customized bathing experience with adjustable jets to fit your body and hit the places of soreness. Whirlpool tubs often maintain a comfortable bath water temperature when used with an inline heater. This can prevent the water from becoming scalding hot, as well as keep the temperature at an event state so that you do not have to leave more quickly due to the plummeting water temperature.


Total Massage Tubs
Perhaps one of the best options for the ultimate spa experience is the total massage tub. With a total massage tub, you will enjoy luxury and sophistication every time you walk into your bathroom. Total massage tubs blend the technology of air tubs and whirlpool tubs to create a symphony of fizzy bubbles and pressurized water. Total massage tubs provide ultimate relaxation through the combined sensations of soft effervescence and targeted massage. Like the whirlpool tub, the total massage tub ensures optimal water temperature through the duration of your bath with an inline water heater. You can also enjoy a more advanced experience by incorporating any combination of aromatherapy oils into your bath. As the relaxing and detoxifying scents move into the air, you might even transcend reality for a few moments, enjoying the ecstasy of the moment. Total massage tubs also offer in-built tub cleaning systems that take the worry out of total massage tubs. Without the stress of maintaining your luxurious tub, you’ll be able to enjoy its features without hassle.


A Word on Design
Most suppliers will feature tubs of various shapes and sizes within the different tub categories so that you can be sure to enjoy the tub you want without sacrificing the design. However, it’s important to think how your tub will fit into your overall design plan before you begin construction. If possible, already have the specific tub in mind, along with its measurements and constraints so that you can perform your remodeling according to the tub of your dreams.


This is simply an overview of the different hydrotherapy tub features and we hope we’ve given you some points to consider when determining which one is right for your home. Do your own research and don’t be afraid to ask questions before making that final purchase.

Do you already enjoy the features of a hydrotherapy tub in your home? Which attributes were instrumental in helping you come to a decision? Leave your feedback in the comments below and let us know if there’s anything you like to consider that’s not included above!