When remodelling or revamping your bathroom, your first thought probably turns to tiling when thinking about your walls and floor. Although tiling is seen to be more practical than paint, panels or cladding, recent advances in these products mean that they can be an ideal solution for your bathroom. In this blog, we take a look at tiles, paints and panels for use in the bathroom.
When painting your bathroom, it is important to remember that the room is subjected to water, steam, heat and cleaning products – all of which can take a toll on painted surfaces. It is therefore important to use specialist paint that has been developed to withstand all these factors and will provide a long-lasting, water-resistant finish.
Water-resistant paints, like those specially designed for the bathroom, have added ingredients which help fight against mould, steam and condensation and ensure that the paint doesn’t peel soon after application.
Choosing your bathroom paint
If you are painting your bathroom, there are a number of paints that you can choose from:
- Everyday emulsion. Perfect for low-traffic areas and available in a wide range of colours, emulsion isn’t really suitable for bathrooms as it absorbs moisture and will flake and peel.
- Eggshell. This paint has a slight sheen and can be washed. However, if using in the bathroom it is best to use acrylic Eggshell for a more durable finish.
- Satin. This paint has a slight gloss and is ideal for use in low-moisture bathrooms, but is unsuitable where ventilation is poor or in hot, steamy environments.
- Gloss. Although gloss repels moisture, it is not suitable for large areas such as walls. However, it is perfect for wood including window frames, sills, skirting, cabinetry, architrave and doors.
For high-moisture areas, we recommend using a specialist bathroom paint and keeping the room well ventilated.
Pros of using Bathroom Paint
Paint is relatively low-cost and is available in a variety of colours. Therefore if your tastes change it is fairly easy to repaint.
Cons of using Bathroom Paint
If you do not use a specialist bathroom paint, you may find that the paint will start flaking or peeling. In addition, if your walls are not perfectly smooth, paint will show up any imperfections.
Preparation and Maintenance
Before painting, ensure that your walls are clean, and free from damp and mould. If mould is present, use a specialist product to remove it and will help limit the chance of mould growing back after decoration.
Although bathroom paint is designed for use in normally damp areas and incorporates mould and mildew-inhibiting properties, without proper ventilation in the bathroom, mould and mildew can appear. If this does happen, use a specialised mould and mildew cleaner and ensure that the bathroom is well-ventilated during application.
Square, rectangular even hexagons – bathroom tiles come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, colours or patterns. There is a tile to suit everyone’s taste – from minimalist white to opulent marble.
Bathroom wall tiles
Pop into any tiling store and you will be greeted by hundreds of different bathroom wall tile options. Tiles come in an array of shapes, sizes, colours, textures, patterns and materials – porcelain, ceramic, glass, and natural stone.
Whether you want to tile just the sink splashback and the area around the bath and shower, half tile a wall and paint the rest, or tile the entire bathroom, the choice is up to you – or your budget. Tiling an entire room can be costly, depending on the tile choice.
Bathroom floor tiles
Just like bathroom wall tiles, floor tiles are available in a range of shapes, sizes, colours, patterns and textures. You can even buy floor tiles that look like wooden flooring. Materials include porcelain, ceramic, glass, and natural stone.
Bathroom Tile pros
Available in a wide range of styles, there’s a bathroom tile to suit every scheme. Once grouted, the tiles provide a waterproof surface, making them ideal for high-moisture areas. They are easy to clean and are not affected by cleaning products.
Bathroom Tile cons
Depending on your choice of tiles, it can be costly to tile the whole bathroom. They are also cold to the touch, which means in hot, steamy conditions, condensation can form which could result in mould growth. If mould is allowed to establish in grout, it can be difficult to get rid of without having to re-grout.
Bathroom wall panels & cladding
Panelling and cladding is a hot trend right now. Instagram home accounts are full of them – in the bedroom, lounge, hallways, cloakrooms and bathrooms. In rooms other than bathrooms, panelling and cladding is usually made from MDF and then painted. However, this is not suitable for bathrooms.
PVC, acrylic and laminated bathroom panels and bathroom wall cladding is available in a range of colours and designs and offers a cheaper alternative to tiling.
Wall panel & cladding pros
Bathroom panels and cladding do not need grouting which requires maintenance to keep mould-free. In addition, installation takes a fraction of the time of tiling. One of the best things panels and cladding is that, unlike paint, they will hide imperfect and uneven walls.
Wall panel & cladding cons
Laminated panels and cladding can be prone to moisture after a while and will start to delaminate and therefore will look unsightly. Lower cost panels and cladding have a tendency to look ‘plastic’, and therefore if you want a high-end look, the cost reflects this.
Wall panel & cladding maintenance
Like any surface in the bathroom, bathroom panels and cladding needs to be cleaned regularly with a bathroom-specific cleaner to remove soap scum, limescale and dirt. If not properly maintained and the bathroom is not correctly ventilated, mould and mildew can build up on surfaces – especially in corners.
Contact Montague Property Services for your bathroom installation
Montagu Property Services is expert in all aspects of bathroom fitting. Whether you need a complete refit, tiling, painting or panelling installed, you can count on our team of professional and skilled bathroom designers and installers.
We can advise you on the many different options for decorating your bathroom walls and help you realise the bathroom of your dreams.
Contact our bathroom design team today to speak to us about your bathroom plans or book a bathroom refit. Call us on 0207 723 5463 between 8am and 6pm, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.