When it comes to finishing a bathroom, the first material that comes to mind is, of course, tiles, or at least porcelain stoneware. Indeed, tiles have repeatedly proved their advantage as a way of finishing this type of premise. It would seem, as is said in one very well-known quote, do not look for good from good – however, everything is not so simple again, as it often happens in design.
The fact is that today the full tiling of the bathroom is criticized more and more often, and the tendency to half tiled bathroom walls is taking shape more and more clearly. Both solutions have their pros and cons and, of course, opponents and supporters. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of full and half tiled bathroom walls – perhaps this will help you make the right decision when the time comes.
Half tiled bathroom walls
There are several options for partial bathroom tiling. The most common is decorating wet areas with tiles, while other materials are used for the rest of the wall. Two more solutions are tiling certain zones around the perimeter (while the laying line changes height depending on the framing of this or that element, but there is also a minimum of 35 inches (90 cm)) or a clear lining of the bathroom around the perimeter. Whichever one you choose, the pros and cons of this type will be approximately the same.
There are many arguments in favor of a half tiled bathroom. Among them:
As you can see, the half-tiled bathroom has many advantages; however, there are also disadvantages in this design:
What materials can be combined with bathroom tiles?
Obviously, if half of the bathroom is tiled, you have no way to leave the rest of the walls without covering them at all. We bring to your attention the most demanded and popular combinations for tiles.
Fully tiled bathroom
The use of tiles on all vertical bathroom surfaces seems to us a more familiar solution. However, it’s still worth talking about its advantages and disadvantages – at least in comparison to half-tiled bathroom walls.
You probably know enough about the benefits of fully tiled bathroom walls. However, just in case, let’s recall the most obvious ones:
And now – a few words about the reverse side of the medal, namely, about the shortcomings mentioned by some opponents of the whole decoration of the bathroom with tiles or porcelain stoneware:
So, which is better – a half-tiled bathroom or a fully tiled bathroom? Perhaps we will upset you, but there is no answer to this question since any bathroom design is a matter of the owners’ financial capabilities, needs, and tastes. Weigh the pros and cons of such options carefully – we sincerely hope that our advice will help you make the right decision.