Tiles are not the only option for wall decoration in the bathroom. It’s just that masters are too lazy to change their views and learn new things. And you end up with a banal bathroom, the same as everyone else. No! Read the article and see more.
Not only tiles on the walls in the bathroom
Of course, we will not dissuade you from using ceramic tiles in the bathroom. Tiles are an excellent way of cladding in wet areas, reliable and durable. But not the only one! No matter how many manufacturers of this material are on the market, no matter how many design options each of them has – you will agree – when you come to visit, every time you see plus or minus the same walls in the bathroom. Well, it’s boring!
Why not use tiles only in wet areas, where water pours onto the wall and splashes profusely?
After all, what do we need from the walls in the bathroom? The requirements are quite simple – the facing material must:
- have moisture and wear resistance,
- well tolerate mechanical and chemical cleaning,
- prevent the growth of all kinds of bacteria,
- be aesthetic and match the style of the house.
So, stop thinking in terms of twenty years ago: a number of modern materials meet these very requirements! For example, even in the shower area you can use not tiles, but, for example, glass wall panels and blocks, or special types of decorative plasters.
Decorative plaster in the bathroom
Just do not confuse modern “decoratives” with plasters, popular ten years ago. It doesn’t occur to you to use a huge push-button Motorola with an antenna, does it? So the building materials market does not stand still.
Today, decorative plaster is a really resistant and affordable coating that can be used, including in wet rooms. There are different types at different bases, but choosing a reliable, modern and beautiful wall covering for the toilet, bathroom and even the shower is not difficult.
Decorative plasters that are applied to bathroom walls can be divided into 2 main types:
- Plasters that allow direct contact with water. That is, they can even be used in the showers themselves.
- Decorative plasters that can be used for bathrooms, but without direct contact with water. Almost all types of decorative items can be attributed to this group, only the main difference here is that they need to be applied with a finishing glazing or wax coating, which will serve as protection from moisture.
In order not to tediously paint, what is good about decorative plaster in the bathroom, we list briefly:
- many colors, textures and effects;
- not afraid of moisture and water, not washed out;
- does not harm health;
- does not spread mold and other fungi;
- it is simply repaired (you can simply fix the chipped piece without starting to repair the entire room);
- in the event of a white coating from water, you can gently clean, wash;
- decorative plaster will cost relatively inexpensively: good tiles are not cheaper, and work is priced approximately the same.
Well, in the end, decorative plaster is just beautiful!
Paint for walls and ceilings in the bathroom
The second after the tile is a popular option for wall decoration. Most modern manufacturers produce special paints for bathrooms and kitchens: they already have antibacterial substances in their composition, and after drying, the paint does not dissolve or wash out with water. Do not confuse these paints with “washable” ones (this is not exactly what you need) and choose reliable, better than European manufacturers.
Wallpaper in the bathroom
Many are surprised, but there are wallpapers that perfectly withstand the conditions of the bathroom, of course, we are not talking about paper ones – look for special options for wet rooms. They do not absorb water vapor, which means that they do not swell over time and then do not peel off. For such wallpaper, you need a reliable glue with antifungal components.
Lining and wood in the bathroom
Natural wood in the bathroom has long ceased to be some amazing material for this type of room. Special impregnations and glazes make it possible to use wood not only for walls, but even for bathroom bowls and sinks.
Porcelain tiles and wall panels
If the properties of the tile are fundamentally important to you, but you don’t like “checkered walls”, you can use large-format porcelain stoneware panels. In fact, this is the same tile, but very thin to be light, and of a large area – it can reach a size of more than 1 × 3 m. With a reasonable layout, there will be practically no seams on the walls.
What should not be on the walls in the bathroom
But it is high time to abandon the use of plastic lining in the bathroom: this short-lived, unhealthy and simply ugly material is long overdue to be deleted from the list of bathroom cladding. And, we can bet you last saw him in the bathroom of the apartment, which was renovated in the 1990s. Compared to the same phone models, the plastic in the bathroom is not even a phone, but a useless pager that has disappeared forever.