Looking for bathroom flooring ideas but can't quite summon up the confidence to go bold in your space? We hear you: in what's often the smallest room in the house, it can feel safer to be minimalist with your scheme. But a patterned floor can add a much-needed splash of colour to an otherwise pared-back look, and there's a style to match every era, too, from traditional Victorian-style tiles to modern colour-block vinyl.
Still unsure? Let these patterned bathroom flooring ideas inspire you, then head to our bathroom ideas page for more bright ideas.
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1. Use intricate pattern for a traditional look
Ease yourself in with a subtle pattern like these tiles, which use intricate rather than oversized details to complement but not overwhelm the Victorian scheme. Pair with minimalist white walls or, if you're feeling more daring, add metro tiles with dark grouting for a sophisticated pattern clash. Just don't forget to add those pops of colour to brighten up the space.
2. Experiment with colour
We're in love with these floor tiles, which form the basis of an unexpected but entirely effective colour scheme in this bathroom. Feel like taking inspiration from it? Choose a bold geometric floor, then pick out one of the colours – we suggest the most subtle one – and inject accents of that shade in the rest of the room. It'll help tie the space together and make an otherwise loud flooring feel more like it belongs there.
3. Go for vintage-style tiles
For lovers of all things vintage, what about these oh-so-pretty patterned tiles in muted terracotta and blue? Perfect for period homes and more traditional schemes, it's a delicate take on the bolder monochrome patterned tiles you see in Victorian and Edwardian houses – so if you love colour but don't want to go all-out, this could be the solution for you. Pair with light pastel hues for a subtle wash of your favourite shade.
4. Reflect your flooring on your walls
These mind-bendingly cool hexagonal tiles look almost circular in this bathroom, contrasting with the sharp edges of the metro tiles and bath – but it's the way they've been taken up the walls and used to highlight the alcoves that we're really impressed by. Not only is this a great way to pull together a scheme, it adds an extra splash of pattern to the space. Not blessed with handy inset shelves like these? Try reflecting your floor tiles in a splashback above the sink or on a windowsill.
5. Take on terrazzo
One for the more daring, terrazzo is a statement alright – especially when it's used to cover the floor and walls of a bathroom. Even though the space is small, you'll notice that the on-trend pattern doesn't feel enclosed – instead, these tiles add a designer touch and make the space feel more like a very luxurious wet room. It's been softened with natural textures and floaty fabrics to make it even easier on the eye. If you don't want to take it this far, a terrazzo floor looks amazing with white walls as a nod to the trend.
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