What’s The Best Bathroom Wall Finish?
If you’re re-modelling your bathroom, one of the most important decisions you need to make is the type of wall finish you’re going to use. Although, aesthetics may be your first priority, you should also consider what’s practical.
Moisture is the main concern in a bathroom, even if it’s well-ventilated. It’s not only surface moisture, but also underlying moisture build-up where damp and mould can form if the surface area isn’t sealed properly. This can cause structural problems and is also bad for your health.
Paper wallpaper is not a good choice for bathrooms. For a waterproof seal you’re going to need a thick, vinyl-coated wallpaper. But no wallpaper is 100% waterproof. A vinyl coated covering will deflect indirect, ambient moisture but shouldn’t be used in direct moisture areas, neither will it stick to matt or rougher wall surfaces. Use it to create a feature wall that will complement another type of wall surface in your bathroom.
Unlike normal paint, special ‘kitchens and bathrooms’ paint doesn’t absorb moisture. It has a glossy sheen and the water beads on the surface. It also has added properties to protect against mould and mildew. The downside is, it costs twice as much as normal paint.
Glass or ceramic tiles are the most popular wall finish for bathrooms. They can be applied to lower wall surfaces in conjunction with another waterproof finish on the upper walls. Don’t cover the entire wall surface with tiles or your bathroom may end up looking like a public restroom and if patterned, the overall look will be overwhelming.
Tiles need to be applied correctly to ensure they are waterproof, however grouting can crack and crumble over time in high moisture areas. Grouting also absorbs dirt and bacteria and can blacken, especially when in direct contact water areas such as a shower cubicle.
This natural limestone plaster has been used for centuries in Morocco and provides a 100% waterproof barrier that’s resistant to mould and mildew. Tadelakt is available in a range of beautiful, earthy colours to complement any bathroom colour scheme and its polished surface helps reflect light. It can be used to complement tiles or wallpaper, or on its own to cover the entire bathroom, even the floor, ceiling and shower enclosure.
A Tadelakt finish combines aesthetics with functionality. It’s beautiful, practical and perfect for bathroom surfaces.