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Must-Haves: Bathroom Wall Cladding

Refresh your walls with tiles, paper or paint – and make your backdrop the star of the show
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 25-12-2021 09:30am

It’s difficult to imagine that only a few years ago square white tiles were once our go-to choice for bathroom walls. While white tiles are still a classic choice, today they have been reinvented with mesmerising 3D honeycomb shapes or swirling, undulating wave patterns in a chalky, matt hue or even a contrasting, coloured grout for a modern facelift. This is just the tip of the tiling iceberg and today’s choice of tiles is so exciting, innovative and inspiring, that our bathroom backdrop is often the star of our décor rather than a feature we might previously have wanted to merge invisibly into the background. Think bold, colour-packed Moorish-inspired tiles that can transform an entire shower room or just one zone – in an alcove or behind a basin – not to mention brushed metallics, tweed, tartan and dogtooth patterns, that are more like great panels of fabric and wallpaper than a waterproof covering.

“Wall tiles are an ideal way of introducing a welcome splash of colour and pattern to bathrooms,” says Caroline Gow from Fired Earth. “Even a simple splashback can be enough to brighten up a bathroom or give a scheme a bit of an update without breaking the bank. Blues, greens and zesty citrus shades look particularly clean and fresh with white.”

Think about your bathroom as a whole – where you want your tiles placed, the colour and size – before making a decision, as your final choice can completely change the look and feel of the space.

1. The real teal
For rich, saturated colour try the Boston Petrolio mosaic tiles, £355 per sq m for a 32.5x29.5x1cm sheet, Reed Harris.

2. Distressed luxe
Bert & May glazed handcrafted tiles have a unique crackled texture which becomes more pronounced over time. They are available in six colours and bespoke hues. 

3. Dive into style
The Ancona ceramic wall tiles have a highly glazed finish for a luxe, glossy look. Shown in a Basalto colourway, offset with tiles in the same colour but with a subtle geometric pattern. Measuring 20x60cm, they’re priced from £31 per sq. m from Pamesa.

4. Glossy style
The Monastir white gloss glazed tiles have a charming vintage look with an undulating surface.They have been laid here in an on-trend herringbone pattern. The 40x6.5cm tiles cost £50.30 per sq. m from Mandarin Stone.

5. Shine on
Golden tapestry effect ceramic tiles create a stunning feature wall. Each tile measures 23.5x58cm. Priced at £45 per sq. m from Unicer

6. Dark and dramatic
Breton Blue matt paint in a Bathroom+ finish is perfect for areas of high condensation. Priced at £29.98 per 2.5l from Dulux

7. Paper prime
The Crackle 107/11050 wallpaper from the Curio collection is £70 per 10m roll from Cole & Son. Here, it forms the perfect backdrop to the grey streaked marble splashback. 

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Crackle 107/11050 wallpaper from the Curio collection by Cole & Son

8. Pattern play
The Trellis Pattern encaustic tiles from Ripples need to be sealed against fading. Priced at £3.60 per 20x20cm tile, with 25 tiles per sq m. 

Credit: Lara Sargent (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 243, July 2016. Prices mentioned are at the time of publication 

Also read:
8 Tile Ideas to Consider Before Kick-Starting Your Bathroom Revamp
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