Wood flooring in bathrooms and bedrooms has become more popular over the last decade, replacing the more traditional choice of carpet.
Bathrooms and bedrooms are often the only spaces in the home where you can totally relax, a personal sanctuary - a quiet and calm space where you can lock the door and unwind.
Whilst wood floors were not always considered a natural choice for bathrooms, they have become increasingly popular due to their warmth and natural appeal.
To create the right ambience I have selected 5 top tips to follow when selecting a wood floor for your bathroom and bedrooms.
5 TIPS FOR WOOD FLOORING IN BATHROOMS & BEDROOMS
1. TYPE OF WOOD
I recommend choosing engineered wood over solid wood, as the plywood base of engineered wood holds up well against moisture, but also looks great as the top layer is real wood.
“For bathrooms, don’t forget to choose hardwoods such as oak, maple, walnut or ipe over softwoods such as pine.”
Engineered is also suitable for bedrooms as lends itself to most subfloors and most installation types.
To understand the differences between engineered and solid click here for my in depth article.
While the warmth and sound-dampening qualities of carpeting are quite popular in bedrooms, many homeowners are now removing carpeting in bedrooms to either expose the existing hardwood or lay engineered hardwood planks during refurbishment projects.
2. ONSITE FINISHING
The right products are essential to ensure your floor is easy to clean, and lasts the distance. I recommend using an anti-slip lacquer such as Bona Traffic Anti Slip as this product has accreditations as the best solution for commercial areas such as hotel foyers, where heavy traffic occurs.
Make sure you have the floor installed unfinished, and seal it on-site – this way you seal the bevel between the boards, and protect against water dripping into the sides of the boards. Wood flooring with a hard-wax oil finish is a more popular choice for bedrooms and with an additional coat can be used in bathrooms too.
Hardwood flooring will need to be refinished at some point—a process that can range from a simple application of maintenance oil to full stripping, sanding, and application of a new top-coat. A hardwood floor that is kept clean may go decades before refinishing of any kind is needed, especially in bedrooms which have relatively light foot traffic.
Carpeting typically needs to be replaced every 10 years or so, while hardwood floors have been known to last as long as the house itself.
3. TAKE THE CHILL OFF
Nobody wants to step out of their bath or shower onto a cold surface, especially in winter.
I can empathise with clients who want underfloor heating in their bathrooms and it is possible to have underfloor heating installed in wet areas, however, you do need to follow the under floor heating guidelines as over heating the wood will cause it shrink and hairline cracks may appear. A flooring expert will be able to recommend tailored tips to look after your particular choice of wood, and these will include proper spacing between heating elements to prevent ‘hotspots’, and installing a floor level thermometer to ensure your floor never gets too hot.
A bedroom is a place of serenity and soft vulnerability, where shoes and socks are often left off and bare feet press directly against the floor, underfloor heating adds a touch of luxury to the space.
It's also worth making use of large rugs, this is especially true in areas such as kids play rooms as this will go some way to protect the floor against dents and scratches and rugs add a level of texture.
Maintaining your bathroom and bedroom floor is made easy by selecting the correct products to clean your floor with. I would recommend using a spray mop such as Bona Spray Mop as you don’t need to use water and it still cleans the floor really well.
Put a good quality bath mat down as this will help protect the bathroom floor.
In bedrooms, where oiled finishes are more popular, look for a floor cleaner that has wax in it, Osmo's Liquid Wax Cleaner, is a great product to use when you want to do a deep annual clean. Osmo also offer daily cleaner for ongoing cleaning.
The options are endless when it comes to choosing the style of bedroom and bathroom floors.
You could opt for a soft, feminine, shabby chic style by putting down a floor such as Urbane Living's Penrith Oak, Haymarket Oak or even Maddox Oak and pairing it with light floral pattern tiles. This style would look great with a free standing bathtub and soft pink or blue accent tones.
If you are looking for something more modern, products such as Dominica Oak and Bormio Oak are great products to achieve a sleek look. Pair these up with Marble or Slate tiles, contemporary taps and big mirrors to create a masculine modern look.
Parquet patterns used in a bedroom creates a sophisticated and refined interior.
I hope these wood flooring tips have inspired you to select a floor for your own project.