Bathrooms: to tile or not to tile?

You’ll be painting the ceiling, but your bare floor and walls will need a bit more thought. Find out what’s involved.  

With the majority of bathrooms around 10sqm or less in area, the overall impact of the selection of floor and wall covering on the final cost will be minimal. 

      That said, this is a choice that will have a big impact on the final look. A few decades ago, matching wall and floor finishes used to mean using the same type of tile but in recent years there has been a move back towards only tiling the shower area and painting the remainder. 

      Another popular option is to tile, or use a wall panelling, half way up the bathroom walls and painting the remainder. Wallpapering dry areas of the bathroom and/or understairs wcs is also possible. 


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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