Your bathroom may be small, but it comes with some big powder room tile floor ideas that can make this room a statement piece. Tile is a beautiful and durable option for powder rooms, with six tile floor options that add style and charm. This guide can help you choose the best tile for your powder room—and the flooring that fits your needs and lifestyle.
In addition to flooring, powder room tiles can be installed on bathroom walls for a beautiful, seamless effect. In small bathrooms, a full tile install makes a powder room look larger (perfect for tiny main floor bathrooms!)
Porcelain or ceramic tile
Porcelain and ceramic tile are two of the most popular choices for bathrooms because they are durable, water-resistant, and easy-to-clean. For do-it-yourselfers, porcelain and ceramic tile are a fairly easy install, requiring only a few tools and detailed tile installation instructions. For bathrooms with plenty of foot (and paw) traffic, porcelain and ceramic tiles can be installed with a dark grout that hides stains.
Porcelain and ceramic tile are easy to keep clean, requiring only a regular sweep and dry mop. Occasionally, the tile grout may need a good elbow scrub.
For homeowners with a tight budget, these powder room floor tiles are typically one of the most affordable floors available. (Ask a flooring pro to see in-stock tiles.) Porcelain and ceramic tile are available in almost any color and style, including the incredibly light and bright subway tile.
Pros: Durable, water-resistant, easy-to-clean, affordable, do-it-yourself project, conducts heat from radiant floor heating
Cons: Very hard underfoot
Luxury vinyl plank
While the name of this bathroom floor tile may not sound like a powder room tile, some LVP floors come in designs that look like tile. LVP floors come in a wide variety of colors and styles that match with any bathroom décor.
Luxury vinyl plank floors are durable, water-resistant, and easy-to-clean. Some LVP floors are also an easy do-it-yourself project, especially when installed as a floating floor (without adhesive). For installation, this floor requires only a few tools and a how to install luxury vinyl plank flooring video.
Pros: Durable, water-resistant, easy-to-clean, do-it-yourself project
Cons: May scratch
Cement tile is a popular option for bathrooms because its unique patterns make a huge statement in a small powder room. Cement tile is fairly durable and easy-to-care-for, though it does require sealing (during installation and after).
This powder room tile is very heavy so it does require a strong subfloor (and bathroom flooring preparation before flooring install). Many cement tiles naturally wear over time, which fine as long as the homeowner know to expect a change in the appearance over time.
Pros: Durable, easy-to-clean, water-resistant (after sealing)
Cons: Heavy tile, wears over time
Marble is one of the popular bathroom floors because its upscale beauty. For many homeowners, a small bathroom is the perfect place to splurge on marble flooring, which has a high price per square foot. While marble wears fairly well, it is a soft and porous stone floor susceptible to staining, scratching, and damage.
On its own, marble is not water-resistant. Marble flooring should be sealed after installation, and on a regular basis over the life of the floor.
For maintenance, marble floors only require a regular sweep. Water should never be left on a marble floor because it can damage and stain the floor.
Pros: Durable, upscale look, conducts heat from radiant floor heating
Cons: Porous, requires sealing, high cost per square foot, susceptible to damage
Sheet vinyl is an ideal bathroom flooring because it is durable, water-resistant, and easy-to-clean. Modern sheet vinyl floors are available in a variety of designs, all of which can look great in a powder room. Sheet vinyl is a great powder room floor for homeowners who want the look of stone tile or wood without worry about water damage. (Ask a flooring pro to see sheet vinyl styles that fit with powder room decor.)
These vinyl floors are one of the lowest-maintenance floors available, needing only a regular sweep and dry mop. Sheet vinyl floors are also typically low-cost, perfect for a bathroom remodel on a tight budget.
Pros: Durable, water-resistant, easy-to-clean, affordable, softer than stone tile
Cons: May scratch
Luxury vinyl tile
Like its vinyl counterpart, luxury vinyl tile is tough, water-resistant, and easy to clean. LVT is typically installed with an adhesive, though it can also be pieced together as a floating floor. Luxury vinyl tile is one of the toughest floors for bathrooms, and can easily stand up to the wear and tear of a heavily-trafficked powder room.
LVT is available in long and square tile designs that complement any bathroom décor. For homeowners who want the look of wood without fear of water damage, LVT comes in styles that closely resemble wood flooring.
Pros: Durable, water-resistant, easy-to-clean, do-it-yourself project, softer than stone tile
Cons: May scratch