Have to Get Rid of that Carpet in the Bathroom

It still amazes me that so many people live with carpet on their bathroom floor and even sometimes (like in my new house) the carpet runs up the side of the bath panel. It just seems so un-hygienic. I am all for warmth, comfort and luxury but there are better ways of achieving this in a bathroom than using fitted carpet. Ceramic or porcelain tiles for one with underfloor heating. And even if underfloor heating is not an option – maybe because of the construction of your home or simply lack of budget – a ceramic or porcelain tiled floor is relatively inexpensive, will last for years and years and you can always put a large mat down in the winter if it really is too cold under foot. But remember that floor tiles, and particularly natural stone will settle at the ambient temperature of the surroundings so providing the bathroom is adequately heated the tiles will never get too cold and you can always wear a pair of slippers!


But back to my carpeted bathroom – it just has to be ripped up – I don’t like to think what has been absorbed by it over the years so it has to go. I thought about replacing it with white porcelain floor tiles, especially the really large ones I love, but I’m worried about trying to match too many whites. I used to live in a house that had a lovely bathroom – an Art Deco feel in black and white – but the white enamel of the steel bath did not quite match the white of the ceramic tiles on the walls and floor, which were different to each other, nor of the other sanitary ware. It just had too many non-matching whites.


Instead, I plan to use natural stone effect porcelain tiles to offset the white suite and use the same tiles on both walls and floor. Although I haven’t actually chosen the tiles yet I am almost 100% convinced by the ease of maintenance of porcelain tiles rather than natural stone itself. But I will reserve judgement until I actually see the ones I want.


Have you ever lived with carpet in the bathroom? Do you still have it now? I, personally, can’t see any upsides to a carpeted bathroom floor but why not share your thoughts with us?

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