23 Jul 4 Bathroom Wall Coverings besides Paint
Renovating a bathroom can be a real nightmare if you are not prepared. It is important to plan everything out carefully so that nothing is overlooked, especially how to cover the walls. Paint is one of the most popular choices for bathroom wallcovering and it is no wonder. Paint is inexpensive, easy to apply to the walls, and often cleans up with just a little soap and water.
But once on the walls, unless you apply some kind of special treatment like marbleizing or striping, the paint is just there. It offers almost no texture and compared to some other treatments is pretty bland. You will want some kind of paint that resists moisture due to the high humidity in the bathroom. Otherwise the paint could bubble and crack, along with the drywall underneath it.
It is true that your options for bathroom wall covering are fairly limited due to the moisture and humidity found in the room, such as the after effects from a steamy shower or a long hot bath. There are however some creative wall coverings besides paint that you can use to cover the walls in your bathroom. The best part is that they will not break your budget.
CERAMIC TILE – Ceramic tile completely covers the walls of your bathroom. The result is that between the tile and the thin line of grout that fills the spaces between the individual ceramic pieces, there is little chance that moisture will make it to the wall behind the covering. You can create patterns by using different shapes and colors. Avoid using ceramic title to cover the entire wall to the ceiling though, unless you want your bathroom to look like the inside of a public restroom.
BEADBOARD – This is usually applied to a portion of the wall, not the entire thing from floor to ceiling. You can paint over this material with paint, and it is recommended that instead of matt that you use gloss or semi-gloss varieties. Each panel measures 4’ tall by 8’ long. It gives your bathroom a look that is traditional and timeless, and is best suited to styles of homes that carry this look throughout.
TILEBOARD – If you like the idea of a panel but want the look of ceramic tile, then this could be the look for you. In just a few minutes time, with an 8’ long by 4’ tall panel, you can install a whopping 32 square feet of material that looks like tile without the pain of trying to grout between the ceramic shapes. It is very inexpensive. If you have a bathroom that gets little use, like a guest bath or a powder room tucked under a stairway in the hall, then this material would be perfect for that space.
Should Wallpaper Be Used in a Bathroom?
Wallpaper has its benefits and disadvantages in the bathroom. If applied incorrectly, then the moisture and humidity that is often associated with this room in your family’s home can, over time, cause the paper to peel from the walls. There is nothing more unsightly than peeling wallpaper. If it rips completely, then it could be hard to match up a replacement piece.
You have to be careful when applying wallpaper because depending on the type you get, it could buckle or tear during the application process. Then you will be forced to discard the piece and toss it out, which could cause your budget to skyrocket. And of course you have the problem of the choosing the type of paper and the pattern it displays.
A wallpaper pattern with large objects make your bathroom seem smaller no matter what its square footage. A vertical pattern makes the ceilings in your family’s bathroom seem taller. But horizontal stripes or patterns, on the other hand, make the walls seem longer and wider. You do not need a designer to choose your paper, but you should know these basics.
There are bathroom wall papers made specifically for that room in your home. They are fabricated to hold up to the moisture and humidity in the room, which makes them less likely to disintegrate on the walls which they were meant to decorate.
With all these different options, as you can see there is no shortage of alternatives for how to cover your bathroom walls. Whether you choose ceramics, beadboard, tileboard, or wallpaper, there are several options besides paint. However you can use these in conjunction with paint too if that helps keep you to your renovation budget.