Powder rooms, or half bathrooms, are popular on the first floor of large and busy homes. They are often the bathroom used by friends and family who drop by for a short time, and they can be formal or functional depending on the rest of the family’s needs. Because there is no tub or shower in the powder room, this floor doesn’t tend to get wet or need the non-skid, super durable attributes that another bathroom might need. Therefore, the powder room floor can often be a little more decorative and special than the floor in other bathrooms. The space is so small, however, that the wrong choice could just overwhelm the whole room.
Powder rooms are often fairly formal spaces that don’t see a lot of foot traffic or wear and tear. Therefore, they are the perfect place to splash out with something a little decorative or special on the floor, such as marble — take a look at the Naturally Beautiful Surfaces Marble Collection.
If your powder room is more contemporary, consider a newer porcelain tile that is textured to look like the Mediterranea Vogue collection to draw attention to the area.
Powder rooms are by definition small. Often they are just large enough to hold a toilet and sink and to allow the occupant to turn around comfortably. Therefore, your flooring choices should reflect the size of the room, and help make it appear to be a little larger.
Consider using floor tiles that are 12-inches in size or larger for marble or porcelain tiles. These larger tiles have fewer grout joints, which can make the room seem larger than it is. If the room is also narrow, you can lay the tiles on the diagonal, which will make the area appear wider than as well.
If you don’t like the look of larger tiles, another good choice is mosaic tile. Mosaics are small, but the many different pieces create a pattern on the floor which doesn’t break up the room into a grid like medium sized tiles tend to. This can allow you to create something decorative on the floor, without emphasizing the size of the room.