There are now a variety of different ways of covering your bathroom walls, each of the different categories has its own particular strengths and weaknesses.
There is a section dedicated to each of the following categories:
- waterproof bathroom cladding
- ceramic wall tiles
- bathroom paint
- bathroom wallpaper
- wooden tongue and groove
It is possible to use more than one type of wall covering to decorate your bathroom, for example you might want to tile inside a shower cubicle but paint the rest of the bathroom, but try not to use too many different products as your bathroom design might start to look too cluttered. This is especially important in small bathrooms.
Your choice of bathroom wall covering will depend on many factors including:
- how much you want to spend
- what is currently on the walls
- how much preparation is required
- lead times for ordering the products
- ease of maintenance
When working out your budget for decorating or remodelling your bathroom be sure to include all of the ancillary items that you need to complete the job. If you are thinking of installing ceramic tiles you needs to allow for the price of primer, adhesive, tile spacers, tile edge trims and grout as well as the cost of the tiles themselves.
The materials that are currently on your bathroom walls can also have an affect on the products you choose. If the walls are plastered then you can choose more or less any finish including bathroom paint. If the walls are already tiled, however, then this will limit your choices unless you strip off all of the tiles and re-skim the walls. If the current tiles are well laid and fairly level then you can usually tile over the existing tiles with new ones using a suitable primer and adhesive.
Papered walls will need to be stripped back to the bare plaster before ceramic wall tiles can be fitted and will need to be perfectly smooth if you wish to paint them. Bathroom cladding is very useful in these instances as it can be fitted over most substrates and requires little or no preparation.
Bathroom cladding is a decorative, waterproof wall panelling that has many benefits over other types of wall covering.
It can be used to cover sections of wall in the bathroom or shower room, but the maximum benefit is gained by covering all of the walls, giving you one maintenance free, easy to clean surface. It can also be used on bathroom ceilings.