4 Budget Bathroom Flooring Refresh Ideas

Redoing a bathroom floor on a budget can be a challenging enterprise. There are plenty of excellent flooring choices for bathrooms that are humidity-resistant, slip-resistant, and great for high-traffic areas.

However, these flooring options don't always come cheap. Natural stone, especially, can carry a hefty price tag. Since most stone is naturally resistant to water and humidity, it's a common choice; but it doesn't have to be the only one.

There are plenty of budget-friendly options for updating your bathroom floor. From modern vinyl to simple repainting solutions, you can put your budget towards that dream spa free-standing tub, instead of the floor. Here are a few suggestions to help you save money without losing out on style.

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    Repaint Your Wood Floor

    beautiful farmhouse bathroom
    Skylight Specialists Inc.

    If you are lucky enough to already have a wooden floor in your bathroom, the simplest solution to refresh its look is to paint it a new shade--possibly one that fits your new color scheme.

    There are excellent bathroom-compatible paints, but if you prefer a more natural look, you can add a tint to an enamel for just a touch of color. Enamel will protect your wood and keep it shiny and beautiful for years to come. 

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    Install Porcelain Tile

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    The Wardrobe Stylist

    Porcelain tile has several advantages. It has a very low moisture absorption rate (less than point five percent), which makes it perfect for the humid environment of a bathroom, and even outside in some climates.

    Porcelain tile design also comes in a myriad of styles, from faux-wood to faux-marble to, well, faux-everything. It can also look like itself, as in this bathroom found on The Wardrobe Stylist. So, that luxurious stone tile you wanted but is way too expensive? You can have it for much cheaper.

    Porcelain tile can be bought at less than $2 per square feet if you know where to look. 

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    Throw A Rug On It

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    Rugs? In a bathroom? Why yes! As this beautiful bathroom by Buknola shows, a well-chosen rug can break the monotony of an ordinary floor and bring color to any space.

    If you have some space, put a nice rug at the entrance of your bathroom. It'll set the tone for the rest of the room, and you won't have to replace or repaint the entire floor. 

    Or buy a few complementary rugs and throw them around the room: at the entrance, in front of the sink, at the foot of the bath.

    Hide the less nice parts of your bathroom floor with a rug--it'll save you money, and add plenty of style to your space. However, do make sure you put anti-slip padding under the rug so water and humidity don't make it dangerous to stand and walk on it!

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    Stick Some Vinyl

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    Quadro Style

    One thing that's great about modern printing technologies is that we can make materials like vinyl look like pretty much any other thing. A little bit like porcelain tile, but with less installation hassle, vinyl is the perfect choice if you're looking for a budget-friendly and flexible flooring option.

    With many different textures and colors, you can make the floor of your dreams, without spending for the materials of your dreams. (That's marble, right?) Join black and white, or brown and tan. Vinyl is super easy to install and even easier to maintain.

    The beautiful vinyl pattern featured in this photo is from Esty shop QuadroStyle. There are plenty of independent designers to choose from if you don't like what big stores have on hand.

Walk on it

It seems like a small thing, but flooring makes a big difference in your bathroom's look. If you want to refresh your style without spending a fortune, think about using one of these techniques for a totally new feel to your bathroom.