So, you’re looking at the bathroom wondering, “should I put a rug in here? Does my bathroom really need a rug?” Having a rug in your bathroom has many benefits. Bathroom rugs can be a decorative item in the room. Rugs can add color and design to a monotone room or neutralize a bathroom with busy tile.
Bathroom rugs provide a clean, warm spot to stand on. Your feet love the softness and warmth that a tiled floor can’t give you. Since you’ll most likely have bare feet as you get ready for your day in the morning, or ready for bed at night, a rug in front of the vanity will be the last safe and comfortable spot for your feet. A hardwood floor in the bathroom can show wear near the sink and shower areas quickly. A rug will protect the floor so it will last longer.
Bathroom rugs also provide a slip-free zone near water features like the tub and the shower.
How Many Rugs Do You Need In Your Bathroom?
A small bathroom shouldn’t be consumed with rugs if you have a pretty floor to show off. Rather the rugs should accent and be placed where necessary. A rug can define the areas of your bathroom. A large bathroom may command a large rug, perhaps central to the room. Take measurements of your bathroom. Determine how much of the floor you want covering the rug and pick an area rug made of a durable material that can stand to get damp.
The number of bathroom rugs you need is determined by the size of the room and placement of the fixtures. Commonly rugs are placed in front of the sinks. A dual-sink vanity may look best with a runner in front of the vanity rather than two small rugs, side-by-side.
The tub and shower stall will need a rug for the bather to step on. If slipping and falling from an unsecured rug is a concern, look for rugs that have slip-resistant backing. Bathroom rugs will become wet and should be of quick-drying material to avoid mildew or floor damage for non-tiled floors. Rugs with a rubber backing may need replacing often because the material may not hold up from repeated laundering.
If you are not a fan of a rug in front of the toilet, check it off your list but, if you want one, be sure to wash it often. This part of the bathroom can harbor more dirt and germs than other areas and will need extra care.
How to Compliment A Decorative Tile Floor With A Rug
Busy, decorative tile floors that you love should be allowed to show around the bathroom rugs. Pick a neutral color rug, for example in grey tones or beige tones, just large enough for your needs, and let the color tile shine around the rugs. When you are trying to tone down brightly colored tiles on your bathroom floor, use a neutral rug to soften the look of the room. A tile floor in a bathroom with little color or one that is either neutral or monotone will need a colored rug to accent the room and bring it life. This can be an ideal situation because you can change the color palate of your bathroom easily just by changing the bathroom rug color.
A solid bathroom floor could use decorative rugs. Try matching the wall color in your bathroom to the designs in the rug so the room has a theme. For extra pizzazz, try a braided chindi cotton Michiko rug full of color. Should your bathroom floor be a wood-look tile, vinyl or hardwood pick a rug color or design to enhance the room. Perhaps match the color of the walls, use a brighter or softer shade of the wall or use a color wheel to pick a complementing color for your bathroom rug.
The best material for bathroom rugs is one that is soft and quick drying. It should also be easy to keep clean with a vacuum cleaner to remove hair, dust, and dirt. Bathroom rugs should also be easy to clean. Cotton and Egyptian cotton make fantastic bathroom rugs. Cotton is durable and washable. It feels soft underfoot and dries quickly to avoid mildew.
Another great material for a bathroom rug is chenille. Chenille rugs feel luxurious underfoot. Like cotton, chenille bathroom rugs are quick drying and easy to wash.
Alternatives To A Bathroom Rug
There are, of course, alternatives to fluffy warm rugs for your bathroom. Try a bath mat. Like a rug, mats are made of alternative materials to protect your floor. Cork is a popular material for bath mats. Cork absorbs water, so the surface is not slick when you walk out of the shower, yet it dries quickly to avoid mildew.
Memory foam is popular for a bathroom mat. Usually covered by cotton, chenille or microfiber, memory foam bath mats are soft to stand on, the foam is made to keep air flowing for quick drying and it is easy to wash.
Raised, slatted-wood bath mats are practical, stylish and easy to care for. Made with a variety of materials like teak and bamboo, these mats are comfortable to step on, allow air flow to keep the mat and floor dry, and are easy to care for. Wood mats also add to a modern looking bathroom style. Slatted wood mats are a wonderful accent to natural stone floors like marble or slate.
Regardless of your needs, there are plenty of options available if you want a rug or multiple rugs in your bathroom. Before shopping for a bathroom rug, measure the room and take a picture of your bathroom so a design specialist can help you get the right rug.