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2020 Bathroom Flooring Trends: 20+ Ideas for an Updated Style

Ask any real estate agent and they will tell you that the best way to increase the value of your home is to update either the bathroom or the kitchen. Think about it – when you’re looking for a new home, which rooms do you look at first?

Of course, a great layout and overall look are important, but nothing elevates your home quite as drastically as a new bathroom or kitchen. And from personal experience, I think the bathroom is most important.

You see, I recently did a pretty extensive remodel on my house focusing on both the kitchen and the master bathroom. I love to cook and entertain, so I assumed the kitchen would be my favorite part.

However, it ended up being my luxurious master bathroom that kept calling my name. I wanted to create my perfect little oasis where I could relax. Now, there is no room in my home that I love more.

Of course, the design and overall tone of any room start with your floor. It’s one of the biggest purchases you will make in any home update. To find the best bathroom flooring, you’ll want to consider your personal style and which looks will stand the test of time should you decide to sell.

There’s a lot happening in bathroom flooring in 2020. Let’s take a look.

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What Other Experts Are Saying

“As with years past, bathroom floor tile trends lend themselves to style and function. Tile needs to be able to perform in these spaces as well as looking it’s best. Choosing a tile with texture is always on trend for any bathroom. By using a textured tile, it will perform as an anti-slip when wet as well as bring some interest to you space. If marble is what you are looking for, the porcelain options that look like marble are a great alternative to getting a timeless design that will perform with water and wear and need virtually no maintenance.” – Cynthia Flottmann, Roux Design Studio


“Because of the durability and the many different colors and textures, porcelain tile is the king of bathroom flooring and I don’t expect that to change for a while. The popularity of faux wood porcelain is in its prime right now. Although, I expect this to last only a few more years. The herringbone pattern is popular, and I am expecting to see the chevron pattern grow in interest next year. Grays and white colors are hitting their peak in popularity. I expect to see more bold colors (especially blues and light greens) come in to play more in the next year or so. With the muted colors staying in play for more conservative clients.” – Bryan Sebring, Sebring Designs

2020 Trending Bathroom Flooring Types

Let’s start at the beginning. Looking for the best flooring for bathrooms? The first thing you need to decide when choosing new bathroom flooring is what type of floor you’ll be using.

It used to be that tile and stone were virtually the only options designed to stand up to a full bathroom, but that is not the case anymore – not by a long shot.

Technological innovations have made it possible to choose just about any type of flooring for any application. Right now, there is a big surge in waterproof flooring, which you’ll see a lot of in this year’s trendiest bathroom floor tile ideas.

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Waterproof Vinyl Bathroom Flooring

blond wood-look vinyl planks in a bathroom setting

Leading the waterproof bathroom flooring trend is the star of the game: WPC vinyl bathroom flooring. This trend has been going for just about the last decade and only seems to be growing as we head into 2020.

WPC flooring is made from wood plastic composite with a 100% waterproof core, luxury vinyl print layer and thick, durable wear layer. WPC flooring is luxury vinyl amped up a few notches, dominating the world of waterproof flooring.

Typically, WPC vinyl planks resemble an upscale laminate floor, giving a modern, convincing wood look, while WPC vinyl tiles offer a warm, resilient alternative to beautiful stone-look porcelain and ceramic tiles.

Basically, WPC vinyl is the best of all worlds for your bathroom floor.

  • Durability? Check.
  • Upscale, trendy looks? Check.
  • Low maintenance? Check.
  • 100% waterproof? Check!

Expect to see WPC bathroom flooring following all the hottest wood and stone trends, including marble, handscraped and distressed looks, large planks/tiles and more.

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Will the WPC vinyl bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

So. Much. Yes.

WPC vinyl floors are the fastest growing floors on market, particularly in bathrooms, kitchens and other water-prone areas. The looks will only get more convincing and, eventually, people will recognize modern vinyl as a fantastic wood alternative and forget the dated vinyl floors from the 1970s.


Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Bathroom Flooring

Rigid core luxury vinyl plank waterproof bathroom flooring

Have you heard of rigid core SPC flooring? It’s the next level in waterproof vinyl flooring. And it is the most durable vinyl flooring option on the market.

SPC flooring is made from stone plastic composite, making for a tougher, sturdier core than WPC flooring. Currently, rigid core vinyl flooring is taking off in commercial environments, but I think in 2020 we’ll see it make a splash in the residential sector, as well.

Appearance-wise, there is really no difference between rigid core and traditional WPC flooring. Both options offer the trendiest looks in realistic looks mimicking natural materials in the highest quality prints.

The big difference is construction. SPC rigid core flooring is traditionally thinner and even more durable. Additionally, they’re even better at hiding imperfect subfloors. If you are installing over tile or another unleveled surface, SPC is a great option that can save you some money in prep and installation without sacrificing style.

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Will the rigid core luxury vinyl bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

It’s so new that it’s hard to tell if it will truly take off in the same way WPC has, but I think so. With all the benefits of WPC and then some and even more variance in price point, you may even see rigid core take the place of WPC flooring in the next decade or so.


Bathroom Tile

hexagon tiles in a bathroom setting

I hesitate to call this a trend because bathroom tile has been the standard for years. Tile is known for being durable, waterproof and easy to clean, perfect for any room. Especially the bathroom.

But with the surge in wood-look flooring options, is tile on its way out?

Not at all! Bathroom tile is still as trendy as ever before. However, the trending bathroom floor tile looks have truly evolved over the last 5-10 years.

With current flooring trends, I talk a lot about technology. You see, something technology has given us, other than really bad carpal tunnel syndrome, is the ability to achieve virtually any look with any type of flooring.

The wood-look tile bathroom flooring trend is super hot right now. Tile manufacturers are keeping up with the times and following the trends of contemporary wood and stone. This means you can have the sleek, current bathroom of your dreams with good ol’ dependable tile flooring.

Additionally, the classic marble look is still extremely popular, especially in upper-class homes. However, homeowners are now achieving this look at half the price and with way less maintenance by using porcelain and ceramic tile that look like traditional marble.

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Will the bathroom tile trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Absolutely! I predict that bathroom tile will never fully go out of style.

I just recommend following the current wood and stone flooring trends to get a tile look that will stay current the lifetime of your floor.


Waterproof Laminate Bathroom Flooring

Gray, wood-look, waterproof laminate bathroom flooring

While laminate is known as the original wood-look flooring, it wasn’t until recently that it started popping up in bathrooms. Previously, many people used it in other water-prone areas, like kitchens, but that bathroom? That was still off limits.

That is until manufacturers developed a 100% waterproof laminate option. Yes, now, like vinyl, laminate has options that are fully waterproof and totally suitable for bathrooms, basements, kitchens and more.

Available in looks and textures that effortlessly mimick gorgeous, trending hardwood looks, waterproof laminate can give your bathroom a trendy upgrade. And, for some homeowners, they have the outdated opinion that laminate is better than vinyl.

But, I’ve gotta tell you, between the two, I’d go the waterproof vinyl route. You’ll have way more selection choosing a WPC or rigid core vinyl flooring option and no one will ever know the difference.

Related content >> Laminate vs Vinyl Flooring

Will the laminate bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Possibly. It will look great and be a totally valid option, but I think vinyl has the edge on the waterproof market and I don’t see laminate stealing that edge anytime soon.


Waterproof Bathroom Carpets and Rugs

FlooringInc 2020 bathroom flooring trends: waterproof carpet in a bathroom setting

Wait! I promise this will not be gross.

Remember the 1980s bathroom carpet? It was the worst. Soft and comforting, yes. But it would trap all the water from your showers and often develop a weird texture, or even worse, mold.


But there was a reason people did that, right? Carpet is warm, soft and comforting. It sure beats slipping on wet tile when you get out of the shower.

Over the next few years, I expect to see this trend creep back in with the appearance of 100% waterproof carpet on the market. Yes – waterproof carpet!

In fact, waterproof in general seems to be the trend over the last decade, which is great news for anyone looking to update their bathroom. Where homeowners were once limited by fear of water damage, they can now install just about any type of flooring in any room of the home.

Related content >> What is Waterproof Carpet?

Will the bathroom carpet trend last in 2020 and beyond?

I don’t think so. Even though you can use carpet in the bathroom now, it’s still not as appealing as a wood-look vinyl flooring option.


2020 Trending Bathroom Flooring Looks

In the past, there haven’t been many new or unexpected bathroom flooring looks. The same ol’ stone and stone-look bathroom floor tiles appeared in practically every bathroom in every home.

But now? The time has come for something different! Fun different, not weird different. Promise.

Now that there are a plethora of gorgeous, stylish wood-look and designer bathroom floor tiles and planks to choose from. Let’s take a look.

Wood-Look Bathroom Flooring

Wood-look waterproof vinyl bathroom flooring in modern bathroom

While wood looks have been trending in other rooms of the home for decades, this is a relatively new thing for bathrooms. Just a few years ago, if you saw a bathroom that looked like it had wood flooring, it was quite surprising.

Solid hardwood flooring is expensive, finicky and not ideal for areas where there will be a lot of moisture, like bathrooms, kitchens and basements. While people would take the risk in an area like a kitchen, bathrooms just have too much water to make natural hardwood flooring a viable option.

Even laminate flooring hasn’t been an option for bathrooms until recently. While it offers a lower price point and, typically, lower maintenance than solid hardwood, it’s honestly no better of a bathroom flooring than hardwood.

Unless it’s waterproof! Waterproof laminate is new and awesome and trending!

But really, when we talk about gorgeous wood-look bathroom flooring, we’re usually talking luxury vinyl planks, specifically WPC and SPC waterproof vinyl planks. And wood-look ceramic and porcelain tile. These two little gems are perfect for the high demands of any bathroom.

With these new, durable and waterproof wood looks, you can achieve any trending wood style in your bathroom, worry-free.

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Will the wood-look bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

1,000 times, yes! Wood-look flooring is a trend across the entire home that isn’t going away anytime soon.

In fact, this trend will only increase, both in the bathroom and out, over the next decade and beyond.


Marble-Look Bathroom Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 bathroom flooring trends: marble-look tile

Okay, to be fair, marble and marble-look bathroom tile is about as classic as it gets. So can we really call it a “trend”?

Maybe not. But it is still quite a popular look – one we can’t ignore because many of the most chic and stylish homes showcase this gorgeous, timeless look.

So why has marble stood the test of time? That’s simple: it’s expensive. At least, traditional marble is expensive. And marble bathroom tiles look expensive. I say this all the time, but people love expensive.

Of course, with the influx in wood-look bathroom flooring, there was always a chance that marble bathroom tiles would become less popular. But, I think this is one of those floors that truly stands the test of time.

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Will the marble-look bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Yes. Always and forever.

This is one of the rare looks that never seems to go out of style, making it an excellent choice if you’re concerned about selling your home in the future.


Stenciled Designer Bathroom Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 bathroom flooring trends: black and white geometric tile

I know, I know, “designer” is kind of a broad term. When I say designer, I really mean any looks that don’t resemble natural materials – shapes, patterns, metallic looks and designs in general. They can be so intricate that they look like they’ve been stenciled. These are sometimes ceramic encaustic tiles, which are known for their beautiful detailed designs.

While natural looks like wood and stone are trending in a big way, young homeowners are steering towards more intricate designs and modern looks. You see, with the advancements in flooring technology, you can now find not just natural looks but beautifully printed designer tiles and planks, as well.

I’d expect to see florals, shapes, metallic looks, and Moroccan floor tile patterns in the homes of many millennials over the next few years.

Will the designer bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Perhaps in 2020, but not for the long haul. These specialty, designer looks don’t tend to stick around for the long haul. They are definitely trendy but not long-lasting.


2020 Trending Bathroom Flooring Colors

In bathrooms, cool, bright colors are trending in a big way. While in kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms you’ll see some warm, honey wood looks making a splash in 2020, bathrooms are still all about cool, calming tones.

Most bathrooms don’t have a lot of open space and dark colors can make them look crowded, compact or even cave-like. That’s why you’ll see lots of brights and plenty of white.

Additionally, the bathroom is supposed to be calm and relaxing, like your own personal sanctuary. It’s where you go to get away from it all. That’s why cool tones continue to reign this year’s bathroom flooring trends.

White Bathroom Flooring

Classic and clean white bathroom flooring tiles

Bright. Clean. Classic.

While the white flooring trend tends to come and go in other rooms around the home, you can count on this bathroom staple to always be in style.

White bathroom floor tiles make your space look bigger – something particularly important for most bathrooms. They can also match any backsplash, wall tiles or other design elements you incorporate in your space.

Will the white bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

You betcha. As whites gain popularity in every room of the home, their popularity in the bathroom will only increase.


Black & White Bathroom Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 bathroom flooring trends: black and white patterned tile

This vintage look is resurfacing! Over the last several years, we’ve seen it mostly in the kitchen, but in 2020, you will see black and white bathroom flooring, as well.

In the kitchen, we typically see this in a retro checkerboard pattern, but in the bathroom, you’ll see many more fun, modern black and white tile patterns. Expect to see black and white subway tiles and floral designs in the bathrooms of many young homeowners over the next few years.

This is a nice, clean way to add design but still provide a neutral backdrop where you can use color in the rest of your decor.

Will the black & white bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

I think this is one of those trends that may stick around for 5-10 years but not forever. It doesn’t have that timeless feel that ensures homeowners that people will want to purchase their home when it’s time to sell.

Gray Bathroom Flooring

gray tile flooring in a bathroom setting

Ten years ago, you could have called the gray trend new or up-and-coming. But now? Is it even a trend anymore?

Well, if by “trend” you mean popular and relevant, then heck, yes! But it is definitely not a fad.

Gray flooring, particularly gray wood, has grown exponentially over the last decade. Although gray bathroom floor tiles, particularly in stone looks, are also quite popular.

Gray has quickly become the most popular trend, not just for flooring, but for home decor in general. Gray cabinets, gray doors, you name it. And every shade of gray is still hot and trendy in the bathroom. For your floors and decor.

In addition to looking chic and trendy, gray floors set the tone of a cool, contemporary bathroom. They, like white, give you a neutral backdrop for decorating in basically any color. Aquas, greens, bright bold colors or even black and white classic tones– they will all go with your sleek gray flooring.

I have a gray wood-look bathroom tile that I pair with bright towels, a cool, blue wall accent in the shower and lots of mini color pops on my vanity. I love it – I can purchase basically anything for my bathroom and I know the floors will match!

Will the gray bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Without a doubt. Get on the gray flooring bandwagon – it’s not going anywhere!


Greige Bathroom Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 bathroom flooring trends: greige ceramic tile

Greige! It’s like gray, but not quite. And like beige, but not exactly. Somewhere in between the two.

A perfect blend of traditional beige and contemporary gray, greige floors offer something for everyone. Typically, beige is a little too…unexciting? It just seems kinda blah. But gray can be a little too contemporary for more traditionalists.

Beige is the perfect way to incorporate a little bit of trendy gray into your bathroom without committing to something too different. It also incorporates both warm and cool tones, making your bathroom feel extra cozy and lending itself to decor on warm and cool ends of the spectrum.

Will the greige bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

I’m gonna say yes. I think these gray-hinted floors are perfect for homeowners of all ages and I expect to see them stay relevant for decades to come.

Cool Blue Bathroom Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 bathroom flooring trends: waterproof decorative vinyl planks

This is about as “extreme” as we get with this year’s bathroom flooring color trends. Most of these trends are neutral and understated, but a cool blue can add a nice color pop without going over the edge.

I mentioned that you want your bathroom to feel like your own personal spa. Something about the right shade of blue can make you feel almost like you’re at the ocean, offering a sense of calming and peace.

Will the cool blue bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

I foresee homeowners sticking to the more neutral grays and whites, so I don’t think the blue bathroom floors will be a long-lived trend. But they may still pop up every now and then adding a nice little splash of color to an otherwise neutral space.


Blonde Wood Bathroom Flooring

blonde wood-look vinyl planks in a bathroom

For years, lighter wood floors were viewed as outdated or inexpensive. That is no longer the case. Not by a long shot!

As more homeowners embrace the light, airy feel in their home, you will see a huge resurgence in blonde wood bathroom floor tiles and planks. This light, breezy wood look can give your bathroom a look that somehow feels both classic and contemporary.

While most of this year’s trending colors are on the cooler end of the spectrum, blonde wood brings in a little warmth while maintaining a relaxed feel.

With blonde wood, your decorating possibilities are endless. You can go for a chic, contemporary feel or a rustic, homey vibe. All without changing your floors.

The open, light, airy look is especially popular in modern bathrooms. Homeowners are now steering away from sharper, modern, industrial looks and trending towards an updated farmhouse style. Light floors are perfect for this!

Blonde floors make your bathroom feel larger and more open, especially if you use large planks. But we’ll get to that later on.

Will the blonde wood bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Absolutely! Wood looks are a relatively new bathroom style trend, but as that trend grows, beachy blondes will lead the way sticking with always-classic bathroom brights.


Whitewashed Wood Bathroom Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 bathroom flooring trends: whitewashed wood-look tile

The whitewashed look is more of a west coast / California trend that is starting to spread across the country. Well, some parts.

As that relaxed, California vibe is spreading, so are the floors that come with it. And white-washed wood is at the top of the list.

In addition to the California, beachy look, whitewashed floors are also excellent for the now-trending farmhouse style homes (similar to the blonde wood looks we discussed earlier). This trend started in the kitchen, but it’s quickly spreading to bathrooms as well.

Now, when I say “whitewashed”, I don’t mean a smooth, finished white floor. Whitewashed wood and wood-look floors typically show signs of wear with the darker colors peeking out from underneath. It’s definitely a more rustic look.

Whitewash will make your bathroom look brighter, bigger and more relaxed. It can give that “beachy” feel or an upscale contemporary feel, depending on the rest of your decor.

Will the whitewashed wood bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Over on the east coast, homeowners are still turning their nose up at the whole west coast look and feel. If this trend lasts, it will be regional, at best. If you’re looking for a light wood look, I suggest going for a more versatile blonde look instead.

High Color Variation Bathroom Flooring

Wood-look waterproof rigid core luxury vinyl plank flooring with high color variation

High color variation is trending in wood (and wood looks) as well as tile. Wood looks typically feature color variation between planks, whereas high variation in tile typically refers to the amount of color variation in each individual plank.

Homeowners love the natural, rustic look that higher color variation provides. In nature, stone and wood aren’t so uniform; there are all kinds of inconsistencies.

Now, with modern technology, you can achieve these more random, natural looks with laminate, vinyl, engineered wood, ceramic tile, you name it! This makes your bathroom floor more of a statement piece and tends to pair best with a simple but contemporary decor.

Will the high color variation bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

The challenge with something bold like high color variation is that it’s a very specific aesthetic. Wood looks will likely be trendy for the next decade or so.

Although, I do predict that high variation bathroom floor tiles will stay trendy significantly longer.


2020 Bathroom Flooring Layout & Pattern Trends

Patterned bathroom tile isn’t exactly a new concept. In fact, the bathroom is probably the one room in the home where the trend of patterns, funky layouts and cool styles has remained constant.

However, now this trend is moving to other rooms in the house and has become even more popular in the bathroom. And it’s still important to choose the right patterns. No one is using bathroom floor planks to spell out their names. If they are, you should not follow them.

The big layout and pattern trends this year throughout the home are chevron, herringbone and mixed-width planks. But in the bathroom, you can get a little more creative. Let’s check it out.

Chevron & Herringbone Bathroom Flooring

Herringbone pattern vinyl bathroom floor tiles

First, let me clear up a little misconception. Chevron and herringbone mosaics are very similar, but each has their own distinction.

Chevron floors require flooring to be angled and come together to a point. Although, some ceramic tiles and vinyl tiles are producing products with the chevron pattern in the tile itself, which is pretty darn cool if you ask me.

Herringbone achieves a similar look by connecting two planks at a 90 degree angle as seen below.

Chevron vs herringbone floor patterns

For wood-look flooring planks, herringbone is much more accessible than chevron. However, the chevron ceramic and vinyl tiles allow you to achieve this look without spending extra money on materials and installation, which is perfect since these are the two best options for bathroom floor tiles.

Long-plank herringbone patterns are going to be super hot over the next year, especially among young homeowners. But I suspect you’ll also see a surge in chevron tiles in the bathrooms, as well.

Will the chevron & herringbone bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

This trend isn’t likely to last forever, but it sure looks pretty while it’s here.

I expect you’ll see herringbone and chevron bathroom floor tiles for at least the next decade and, perhaps, even longer.

Subway Tile Bathroom Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 bathroom flooring trends: subway tile in a bathroom setting

Not just for backsplash anymore!

Previously, small, busy subway tiles were only used as wall tiles. However, over the last couple of years, we’ve seen a surge in subway tile bathroom floors.

When you imagine subway tiles, there are a few things that come to mind. You may imagine small, brick-like tiles or hundreds of penny rounds or even mini hexagons like pictured above. The subway tile look isn’t really about shape, but more about a size and aesthetic.

The small tiles create a fun vintage look in the bathroom that, with the right decor, can look incredibly charming. The downside to subway floor tiles is OMG all of the grout! I am all about minimizing grout lines wherever possible and a subway tile floor is just filled with them.

This extra grout can be helpful for shower tile, adding more grip and non-slip surface to keep your bathroom both stylish and safe.

Additionally, many small tiles will make your bathroom look smaller and feel busier. But if there’s anywhere they can work, it’s the bathroom, particularly as shower tile.

Will the subway tile bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

I think they’ll stay young-homeowner-trendy over the next decade or so, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend them if you’re looking to make your home more sellable in the future.

Hexagon Bathroom Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 bathroom flooring trends: hexagon mosaic ceramic tile

Now, this is a busy pattern I can get behind!

Okay, so I’m totally going to go back on what I just said about steering away from the smaller bathroom tiles. While I still believe that in most cases, mosaics of hexagon ceramic and vinyl tiles are just so darn cool! And, sometimes you can even find larger hexagon tiles – bonus!

I know, I know – this is exactly what I just showed you…only bigger! And when it comes to tile size in 2020, bigger is definitely better.

Hexagon tiles first gained popularity in the early 20th century, typically accompanied by subway wall tiles. They can provide a similar classic, vintage look to subway tile floors.

However, you’ll also see ultra-modern, almost futuristic looks over the next several years. Imagine super clean sharp lines, whites, blacks and grays, and a very minimalist decor. That’s this new futuristic wave of hexagon bathroom floor tiles.

Will the hexagon bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Sparingly. I do believe you’ll continue to see hexagon tile bathroom floors over the next decade. But, the bigger trend will continue to be larger tiles and planks. This is more of a niche market.

Wide Plank Bathroom Flooring

Wide plank, wood-look waterproof vinyl bathroom flooring in contemporary bathroom

This is one trend you can expect to see every year in every style for the foreseeable future. Longer, wider planks make your bathroom look larger, more open and less busy. Bathrooms tend to be smaller and more crowded and this is the best way to combat that.

Soon, short, thin planks will be seen as outdated. In fact, I would venture to guess that going with smaller planks could significantly reduce your home’s resale value. Also, they just won’t look as good.

Now, I do think we’ll get to a point where enough is enough already and we will maintain these new traditional sizes. So don’t go buying one flooring plank for your entire bathroom. That would look weird.

But I definitely recommend getting on board with the large plank trend!

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Will the wide plank bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Manufacturers are only trending towards even wider and longer planks. This trend will soon become a classic staple and will likely last the test of time.


Large Format Bathroom Tile Flooring

Large format white bathroom floor tiles in clean, classic bathroom

Contrasting the tiny little subway tiles, you will see plenty of the extreme opposite: extra-large tiles. These babies have been trending for quite some time with manufacturers continuing to create larger and larger individual tiles.

Wonder why they’re so popular? Large format tiles, like long, wide planks, make your bathroom look bigger, especially if you choose a light color. Additionally, larger tiles = fewer grout lines. Win, win.

Grout is the one thing that makes cleaning tile kind of a pain. It stains more easily than the tile and, because it’s sunken a bit from the tile, it’s harder to get in there and give it a good scrub.

While square tiles are on their way out in other rooms of the home, this classic style will always stay relevant in the bathroom, and you’ll continue to see plenty of big, beautiful, marble bathroom floor tiles over the next several years.

Will the large format bathroom tile flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Yes! This trend isn’t going anywhere.


Mixed-Width Bathroom Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 bathroom flooring trends: mixed width wood-look tile planks

This beautiful, eye-catching look has been trending for the last 5-10 years. It’s an excellent way to make a statement with your floor.

Adding different widths to your floor makes your home look modern and unique. It adds that little extra something to your floor, making it pop.

As you may have guessed, mixed width flooring is where you lay planks with varying widths. This gives the eye that extra detail, drawing attention when you find something unexpected. Basically, it’s really freaking cool.

Mixed-width flooring is popular in wood-look vinyl and ceramic and porcelain tile. It’s a strong design choice that adds a little extra drama to your bathroom. The good kind of drama.

Will the mixed-width bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

As far as longevity, we predict this trend will be around for a while, but it is unlikely that it will become a flooring staple.

Geometric Bathroom Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 bathroom flooring trends: octagon dot porcelain tile


Geometric is a fairly open-ended term. Really, it just means using different shapes. You’ll see this occasionally in kitchens and other accent spaces, but really, this is a trend that is reserved for the bathroom.

The bathroom is the room in the house where you can get a little wild and creative without it interrupting the flow of your home. While some homeowners opt to carry their more traditional flooring into their bathroom for a cohesive look (me!), many prefer to make a bold statement here.

In 2020, you’ll see plenty of unique bathroom floors with arabesques, fan tiles, penny rounds, and many more tile shapes. If you feel like getting crazy, this is the time and the place to do it.

Will the geometric bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Ya know, it’s tough with something this specific. I think you’ll see young homeowners jumping on board with this trend over the next several years, but it’s unlikely to become a flooring staple.


2020 Bathroom Flooring Texture and Finish Trends

The bathroom is one of the only rooms in the home where (almost) anything goes as far as flooring texture. Scrapes, knots, real stone texture, smooth – you name it!

In terms of finish, there’s still a lot of variety, but people are starting to prefer less gloss and more authenticity and functionality.

Here’s a look at what we recommend.

Matte and Honed Bathroom Flooring Finishes

FlooringInc 2020 bathroom flooring trends: matte finish tile in a shower floor

The days of glossy floor tile are coming to an end, at least for a while. Flatter, less reflective finishes are now the top pick for most people, and the reasons go beyond looks alone. 

When the surface of a tile is ground and down to a honed finish, it becomes less slippery. That’s a huge plus for a bathroom, where the risk of slipping is already a bit higher than the rest of the home. Additionally, matte finishes are easier to maintain. Scuffs and scrapes are less noticeable when the surface isn’t shiny.

Even though the finish might be “dull,” matte finish bathroom tiles are anything but boring. Manufacturers are coming up with tons of creative matte styles, from stone-look and wood-look to tiles that look like fabric.   

Will the smooth bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Without a doubt, you’re going to see matte finishes on bathroom flooring for many years to come. The trend of natural textures practically requires a matte finish, not to mention how practical a flat finish can be. If you’re looking for more gloss in your life, I recommend you stick to wall tiles.

Smooth Bathroom Flooring

Smooth-textured bathroom flooring tile in white limestone look in beautiful contemporary bathroom

In 2020, you’ll read a lot about texture. Knots, scrapes, brushes – everyone is talking about textured flooring.

So where does that leave smooth bathroom floors? Surprisingly, still quite popular!

The texture trend is most popular in wood and wood-look flooring. While these looks are trending in the bathroom, the smooth stone look is still going strong.

While a smooth floor may look flat and dated in other rooms, in the bathroom it looks classic and expensive. This look tends to be one of the most timeless trends in bathroom flooring.

Will the smooth bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Always and forever.

Embossed Bathroom Flooring

FlooringInc 2020 bathroom flooring trends: close up view of embossed texture on a wood-look plank

To create the texture of natural wood in wood-look bathroom flooring options, manufacturers use a technique called embossing that gives the appearance of popular wood flooring textures.  You’ll see embossed laminate and vinyl flooring mimicking these natural looks.

In traditional embossing, you will lose the feel and texture of these scrapes and grains, but you can find registered embossed products that give you that real wood feel many homeowners crave.

Here’s a look at the embossed textures you can expect to see in bathrooms this year.

Handscraped, Wirebrushed and Distressed: What’s the Difference?

Okay, so the trends we’re about to discuss are similar and often confused with one another. Each textured flooring option comes with its own unique style and character. No 2 textured wood planks should ever be exactly the same and each of these 3 options has a distinguishing quality.

  • Handscraped looks feature long, ingrained scrapes with high variation between planks, making each individual plank appear handcrafted, unique and rare.
  • Wirebrushed looks show subtle, intentional wire scratches leaving the appearance of exposed wood on the surface. These imperfections are smoother and more consistent than handscraped or distressed looks.
  • Distressed looks are often mistaken for handscraped. Distressed looks, however, look as though they’ve been through a lot of wear and tear. You can expect to see the appearance of scrapes, burns, knots, wormholes and more, giving these floors an aged, antique look.

Handscraped Bathroom Flooring

Close up view of hand scraped texture on a vinyl plank

This one is my favorite! Handscraped looks instantly make your bathroom look timeless and expensive. These are perfect for a rustic, farmhouse-style bathroom with plenty of character.

Because handscraped floors look truly finished, they are trendy not just with younger homeowners but with more established homeowners as well. In fact, handscraped floors are almost guaranteed to amp up your home value.

You’ll see trendy handscraped wood looks in just about every waterproof flooring option – vinyl, tile, laminate, etc. And, honestly, they’re all in! Each floor has different advantages, so it’s really up to you to determine what meets your needs.

Will the handscraped bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

This unique, individual, handcrafted look will absolutely stand the test of time. It looks expensive, and people love expensive.


Wirebrushed Bathroom Flooring

Wirebrushed bathroom flooring plank

Homeowners are loving weathered wirebrushed looks. This trendy look adds character to your floor without looking unfinished.

Another bonus of wirebrushed floors? They hide dirt really well so you don’t have to clean your floors as often! And, if you’re anything like me, that is a huge selling point.

The last few years, wirebrushed floors were the leading trend in textured flooring. However, moving forward, I anticipate that handscraped and distressed looks will knock them out of the running pretty quickly.

While the wirebrushed floors are cool, if the trend towards imperfections and character continues, distressed and handscraped wood will likely have more to offer in both variety and character.

Will the wirebrushed bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

They will likely take a backseat as more distressing and imperfections become the norm, but I don’t think wirebrushed floors will ever really go away for good.


Distressed Bathroom Flooring

Wood-look laminate planks in a bathroom setting

I am a sucker for floors with character and it’s no secret that distressed floors have a whole lot of it!

The aforementioned wirebrushed floors are like a traditional pair of jeans. While they likely have something that sets them apart and makes them different, they’re pretty average, not screaming individuality.

But then you have distressed floors, which are like your one extra special pair of jeans with OMG-so-much personality! The ones you don’t want to admit to anyone how much you paid for them. The ones that always make you stand out in a crowd.

So you can understand why I am such a fan.

Setting the tone with a floor that looks almost historic instantly gives you an envy-inducing bathroom. Distressed floors make a great pairing with a classic clawfoot tub, stacked stone wall tiles and any rustic decor.

Will the distressed bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

This is a look that will divide people. Like the debate over the best Christmas movie. Except that’s not a debate. The answer is Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

I do believe the distressed look will continue to be popular, particularly with younger generations. However, I don’t anticipate it will spread quite in the same way as handscraped and wirebrushed looks.

If you’re looking at long-term resale value, I would choose handscraped looks.


General Textured & Non-Slip Bathroom Flooring

Not all textures are for the intention of design. In fact, one popular choice in bathroom flooring is to add just a bit of texture to help avoid slipping and safety hazards.

I know, I know, it’s less fun to talk about safety, but it’s really important, particularly for older homeowners. Or…homeowners who have leveled up more times. That’s what we like to call getting older – leveling up!

Anyway, textured, non-slip bathroom tiles are great for safety and resale of your home, and this extra precaution isn’t something that’s likely to change with the trends.

Will the textured & non-slip bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

It will always be necessary. Not super exciting, but it’s definitely not changing anytime soon.

2020 Trending Bathroom Flooring Extras

Beyond looks, what can you do to take your bathroom floor to the next level? That’s simple.

Radiant Heat

You know what’s the absolute worst? Waking up on a cold winter day, getting in the nice, hot shower to warm up, then stepping back onto ice-cold bathroom tile.

Porcelain and ceramic tile are arguably the most popular bathroom flooring option, but they are notorious for being hard and cold underfoot. It’s one reason we love our tile here in Arizona – it keeps us nice and cool during those long, hot summers. Or, what we call March-October.

Anyway, in other parts of the world, it does get really cold. And, if you’ve ever stepped out of a shower onto a heated bathroom floor, you know just how magical it is.

Staying up to date with the trends isn’t always just about looks. This warm, cozy addition to your bathroom will not only make your life better (yes, it is that wonderful!), but it will also increase the resale value of your home.

Will the radiant heat bathroom flooring trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Heck, yes! The nice thing about this trend is it’s really never likely to change unless some cool, new invention comes out.

Like, maybe they will come out with something that can heat and cool the floor! In that case, choose that. Otherwise, you’re good to go with radiant heat for the lifetime of your floor.


Just Say No…Bathroom Flooring Ideas to Avoid in 2020

Phew, you’ve made it. It’s been a long road to get through all the fun, gorgeous looks that will be trending in 2020.

There are so many options that homeowners have plenty to choose from. Of course, there are things we recommend avoiding if you want to consider both the trends and longevity of your floor. Let’s take a look.

Wood Bathroom Flooring

Seriously, with all the gorgeous, realistic wood-look bathroom flooring options, why would you choose finicky, expensive and not-at-all-water-resistant hardwood flooring? Just don’t do it.

Dark Bathroom Flooring

While dark wood and slate looks can still pass throughout the rest of the home, it will make your bathroom look like a cave. Light and airy is where it’s at in the bathroom in 2020.

Warm-Colored Bathroom Flooring

Cool whites, blues and grays are in. Yellows and reds? No.

In Conclusion

Did we miss anything? Leave it in the comments – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

As you can see, there’s a lot going on in bathroom flooring right now. There are plenty of different, unique options trending that will likely stick around for years to come, which means your possibilities are endless.

If you’re looking to get started with new trendy bathroom flooring ideas, you can start with free samples here:


About Ari Ziskin


Ari Ziskin is our resident expert in all things fitness, dance and flooring trends. After five years of blogging at Ari’s Menu, where she was featured on sites like The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, Ari decided to pursue writing full-time. Nothing makes her happier than sharing her knowledge to help people create their gyms and begin their fitness journey.

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emma emily
December 28, 2018 11:24 pm

As always you have produced some awesome content on bathroom flooring trends. Thanks for sharing.

May 17, 2020 6:53 pm

I love the wood look floor in the bath but what if you have wood throughout your house, isnt that a little much? And how to you chose a color so it doesnt clash?

Chelsi Hewitt
May 19, 2020 1:47 pm
Reply to  Elaine

Hello Elaine! Wood-look flooring is such a classic look that it’s hard to go overboard with it. In the end, what matters most is that you like the style, but I would say that you should be fine as long as you don’t have all wood-look walls, ceilings, furniture, etc. without any kind of contrasting look. If that’s the case, a stone-look floor might be a better solution. In terms of choosing a wood-look tile or vinyl plank that will match the room and other floors, I recommend you look for similar tones and colors. If your bathroom has cool… Read more »

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