Floor and wall covering materials have significant impact on the looks of your bathroom.
You may choose from ceramic tiles, natural stone, gres, wood, paint and wallpapers. The most important point, however, is for the materials to be resistant to humidity and easy to keep clean.
Due to their high diversity, ceramic tiles allow one to arrange a bathroom interior in practically any style. We can use different series of tiles, which will help us add character to our bathroom with ease. If you decide to arrange ceramic tiles on your own, remember to ask an interior designer for advice; with insufficient imagination and experience, it is easy to spoil the harmony of bathroom interior through the wrong match of wall covering.
When estimating the required number of tiles remember to take into account all surfaces to be finished with a given design, and then add a certain reserve, preferably 15 percent more tiles. Remember also that tiles do not have to be laid on the entire surface of walls, they can be combined with other materials such as wood or paint.
From among ceramic tiles we can choose wall tiles (walls only) terracotta tiles (mostly floors), porcelain gres (mainly to cover floors) or glazed clinker (both walls and floors).
Natural stone can be used for the bathroom after careful planning of the whole design, as this material needs appropriate fitting, able to emphasise its natural beauty. The most commonly used stone types for bathroom decoration include marble, travertine, granite and onyx – this noble material is particularly suitable for large salon bathrooms.
Wood adds warmth and constitutes a counterbalance to cool elements such as ceramics or fittings. If you wish to add wooden accent to your bathroom interior, we recommend exotic species. These are characterised by higher resistance to humidity than wood from Polish trees. Most welcome are moisture-proof wood species, such as teakwood, iroko, jatobá or merbau. Note also the hardness of this wood and its beautiful colours.
Wall tiles can be replaced by paints or wallpapers. If you decide to paint your bathroom, remember to choose the type of paint designed for humid places; acrylic-latex emulsion paint is the best choice. The bathroom may be finished with wallpapers as well – vinyl wallpapers, paper wallpapers covered with washable layer or wallpapers made of fibreglass covered with acrylic or epoxy layer. Due to the high humidity in a bathroom, remember that only waterproof adhesives should be used to install wallpapers.