When choosing to finish the walls in your bathroom as part of your new bathroom installation you will in all likelihood choose to use tiles.
The question then becomes “Do I tile all the walls from floor to ceiling, or merely the wet areas.”
Wet areas include shower enclosures, around the bath and behind a basin – basically anywhere that is liable to get wet.
This article will show you some examples of both approaches and then goes on to explain some of the other implications of each approach.
Ultimately it is then down to personal preference.
Fully tiled bathroom walls have tiles on all the walls from floor to ceiling and normally even negate the need for window cills as these are also tiled for a sleek finish.
Fully tiled bathroom installations (as opposed to part tiled – see below) have the following installation implications
Wall preparation may be different than if you were intending to merely skim & paint (or just paint) your existing walls with regards to:
Your bathroom fitter or tiler should be able to advise you on this.
PS This does not include any major wall preparation costs such as reboarding that may be required when stripping off the existing tiles.
Half tiled bathrooms (as I call them) have tiled areas and painted areas.
They are normally only tiled in wet areas such as in shower enclosures, around baths & behind basins.
Half tiling bathrooms is done incorrectly by most people in that they assume they have to strip everything back, do 1st fix work (all OK so far) and then skim ALL the walls before tiling back onto the newly plastered areas.
This last part is wrong, and serves to:
A much better approach is to glue tile trims to the wall (prior to plastering & tiling) to separate the (soon to be) tiled areas from the plastered areas.
These can then be plastered up to, leaving the areas that are to be tiled un-plastered as above.
This is an alternative approach to plastering the whole wall and then tiling over part of it, and it has a couple of benefits:
Tiling & plastering can be done simultaneously, rather than waiting weeks for fresh plaster to dry out prior to tiling.
If the walls have been reboarded as in the example above: Bare plasterboard can carry tiles of up to 32Kg/m2 rather than 20kg/m2 for tiles onto plaster, meaning that you can fit a greater range of tiles, including larger, thicker, heavier tiles.
Areas to be tiled can tanked without having to wait for the plaster to dry.
PS The exception is of course the tiled splashback above the basin but this is largely unavoidable.
Tiled upstands may be used in half tiled rooms (if you have a tiled floor) instead of skirting boards.
Half tiling a room obviously saves you money on tiling but not a lot overall when you add in:
However, if you are doing the work on a DIY basis you will probably find this 2nd approach more cost effective that the 1st.
Thanks for reading,