5 beautiful and practical alternatives to bathroom tiles

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Tiles are often the chosen finish for bathroom floors and walls. They are durable, easy to clean and rather reasonably priced too. However, not many people know that there are alternatives to tiles for bathrooms.

These alternative finishes give your bathroom a different atmosphere, and you’ll be able to be more creative with them.

These are some of the bathroom finishes you can consider, and they’re equally as good as tiles, if not better.

1. Hardwood floors

Wood might not seem like the best option for a bathroom as wood can rot when exposed to moisture. However, when wood is used in a bathroom, you have to make sure that they are covered with at least three layers of polyurethane, a waterproof polymer that will prevent any moisture from reaching the wood.

The wooden walls and floors you install have to be done carefully without leaving any gaps to ensure the longevity of the wood.

2. Acrylic wall panels

Acrylic is often used in bathroom walls and is often reflective and smooth. It creates an illusion of extra space, and is very easy to clean.

Acrylic wall panels are some of the easiest and quickest bathroom finishes to install as they come in relatively large sizes and don’t cost much either.

Their easy to clean and durable nature make them a favourite for shower stalls and the wet wall beside the bathtub.

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3. Bare bricks

Bare brick walls are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners as they are pretty modern. Bare brick walls are often seen in homes which are designed around a rural or rustic theme.

Bathrooms with brick walls tend to be more warm and cosy, which encourages a feeling of homely relaxation. This is especially suitable if you’re the type of person who likes to take your time in the bathtub.

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4. Natural stones

Hardy and long-lasting, stone floors will last you a very long time. There are many types of stones you can consider, including limestone, marble and granite.

If you’re worried about it being slippery when wet, you can opt for textured stones like slate or stone that has been treated by sandblasting.

Stones tend to be a cooler option compared to tiles (temperature-wise that is) so it provides a comfortable retreat after a hot day.

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5. Rubber flooring

Rubber flooring is very easy to keep clean and won’t stain easily like some tiles. They’re also easily available as rolls which you can install yourself.

You don’t have to worry about them being slippery when wet as these pre-fabricated floorings are often textured to be safe enough to walk on barefooted.

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This article first appeared in kaodim.com

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