Looking to renovate your bathroom but can’t decide on the design and materials? In this article we will show modern projects from professional designers. And we will tell you what a stylish bathroom decoration looks like today.

All about bathroom materials

How to decorate walls
– Tiles and porcelain tiles
— Dye
– Microcement
— Wallpaper
— Wood
Ceiling finish
Floor materials
It’s not fashionable anymore

How to decorate walls

Finishing the bathroom with tiles and porcelain tiles

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If someone decided to rank the most popular materials for bathroom decoration, this pair would definitely be on the first line. Ceramics is not afraid of high humidity and even direct exposure to water, it is easy to clean. It is strong, wear-resistant, durable. The cost of the material is for any wallet. Of course, there is an expensive segment. But you can easily find budget collections.

The only thing: self-laying tiles and porcelain tiles requires thorough preparation. Without experience, doing this accurately is unlikely to succeed. It also requires special equipment and fixtures. For example, tile cutter, tile leveling system. Therefore, more often for laying tiles, craftsmen are hired. Their services are usually not cheap. As a result, the budget for decorating a room with tiles is quite large. But the lined surfaces look «expensive» in the good sense of the word.

Tiles and porcelain tiles come in hundreds of shapes, textures and colors. They suit absolutely all interior styles. What options do designers offer to use today? We have collected photos of successful bathroom tiling ideas in galleries.

Tiles and porcelain stoneware «under concrete»

Not only gray and black, but also other natural shades. It’s been a definite favorite for several seasons now.

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Under natural stone

Imitation of marble, onyx and other minerals, stones and rocks of natural origin. Special chic — bright streaks.

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Under the tree

Imitation wood. The more realistic the drawing and the less often the same “boards” are repeated in the set, the better.

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with ornament

With geometric patterns: triangles, arches, ovals, lines, zigzags, circles.

Small format tiles

Small-format retro-style tiles, aged or hand-sculpted. Especially with glaze, reminiscent of a shiny and iridescent raw surface. This also includes the popular «boar».

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Terrazzo

Holds positions. Although many designers consider it an outgoing trend.

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Metallized tiles

For example, the colors of steel, brass, gold, silver, rusty or oxidized metal.

Wallpaper print

For example, a bright floral print or abstract images.

Mosaic

Unusual shapes: fish scales, leaves, etc.

But lately, total cladding has faded into the background. And the combined options move to the first.

It is clear that tile is the main material. But it can be combined with others. What to combine ceramics with? Let’s talk further.

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Paint in the interior of the bathroom

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It is she who most often makes up a tandem with a tile. Interesting and complex compositions are obtained. An entire accent wall can be highlighted with paint. Better than one that does not have constant direct contact with water. Another way is to paint the upper part of the walls, and decorate the lower part with ceramics. By the way, if you are tired of the color of your tile, you can also repaint it.

What compositions are suitable for the bathroom?

Temperature fluctuations, constant humidity, splashes of water, soap, shampoo — all this dictates specific requirements for the coating:

  • it must be moisture resistant;
  • washable;
  • not susceptible to the spread of microorganisms.

In addition, the paint must be suitable for interior work, not have a strong odor. All these conditions correspond to water-based compositions: acrylic paint, latex, silicone. As for the texture, matte paint is more often used. She is more versatile.

About the price. Wall painting is technically easier than tiling. In addition, no additional devices are needed: only a roller and the actual paint itself. With a little practice, you can cope with painting the walls yourself. However, everything is complicated by the need for surface preparation. First you have to remove the old coating, thoroughly clean the wall. Then it needs to be leveled, puttied, primed. And only after all this you can paint.

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Microcement or microconcrete

This is a material that can often be seen in modern design projects. In fact, this is a kind of decorative plaster.

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They like to use it in minimalism, eco-style, loft, modern style. The interior looks interesting, where microcement from the finish smoothly passes to plumbing or even furniture. For example, you can install a sink made of concrete. Microcement is often combined with large-format porcelain tiles that mimic natural stone.

In terms of texture and color, microcement is as close as possible to concrete. But by adding coloring pigments to the mixture, not only the traditional gray, but also the color version is obtained. In composition, it is a mixture of cement and sand, supplemented with liquid polymers. Outside, a protective varnish is applied to the coating. Microcement is characterized by high strength, resistance to damage, moisture resistance. They can decorate surfaces even in wet areas. For example, in the shower. Or use as an option for finishing the area around the bathtub or sink in the bathroom. The disadvantage of microcement is its price. If you add up the cost of the material itself and the work on its application, you get an impressive amount.

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Wallpaper for comfort and inspiration

A few years ago, wallpaper in the bathroom was perceived as something almost extravagant. And now we see them in a variety of projects. And not only in the classical style. They decorate the wall behind the sink and mirror, zone and place accents.

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Wallpaper boldly combined with tiles, paint, wood. Floral, geometric, fantasy prints look especially good. Designers say: wallpaper turns the bathroom into a living room. And it’s hard to disagree with them.

But in order for the repair to please for many years, certain conditions must be met. The main thing is to choose the right wallpaper material. For example, paper and textiles are afraid of water. So they won’t fit. But vinyl — well. Pay attention to the markings on the roll: there should be an icon in the form of waves. The more waves the better. This means that the wallpaper is moisture resistant and washable. And if there is also a brush next to them, they can be cleaned by friction. It is also important to use special glue. Otherwise, the coating will not last long in a humid room. Well, the main key to success is proper well-functioning ventilation.

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The tree no longer scares

Interior designers note that their customers have become more courageous in agreeing to wood in the decoration of the bathroom. Of course, this material requires a special approach. But the result is worth it.

Design: Evgenia Mlynchik. Style: Alena Savostova. Photo: Sergey Pilipovich

Species such as beech, teak, larch are in demand. They are more resistant to moisture. Additionally, they are protected with oil, varnish or paint. In modern projects, you can find a tree in the form of slats, lining, planken, imitation of timber or logs.

They cover both walls and ceilings. Fully or partially. In addition to traditional vertical or horizontal laying, herringbone laying is used. The tree is perfectly combined with paint and wallpaper. If you sheathe the lower part of the walls with boards, and paste over or paint the upper part, you will get a fashionable interior in retro style.

As a more budgetary alternative to natural wood, you can use MDF or chipboard panels.

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Ceiling finishing materials

The easiest, fastest and cheapest way to decorate the ceiling — install stretch fabric. It is not afraid of moisture, does not rot, does not deform. To make this finish look modern, choose a matte, solid color finish. You can also consider a variant with a shadow adjacency. It allows you to abandon the plug at the point of contact with the wall. The stretch fabric can also be supplemented with LED lighting.

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If the ceiling is even, no communications pass through it, you can simply paint it. Moisture resistant water-based paint will do. This option is especially good in combination with painted walls.

Plasterboard sheathing is another idea. Sheets allow you to quickly level the surface, hide communications. You need to choose a special moisture-resistant drywall. After installation, it is primed, puttied and only then the top coat is applied.

Now you can often find in the bathroom ceiling sheathed with wooden slats or, for example, clapboard. Previously, the tree must be treated with a composition to protect it from moisture.

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Floor coverings

The most popular option is all the same tiles and porcelain tiles. Actual colors and textures are the same as for wall decoration.

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About combinations. The room can be monochrome. Then the floor is tiled in the same color palette as the rest of the surface. For a change, you can «play» with shades and saturation. But other solutions are also interesting. For example, with a contrasting floor. Are you afraid to make the wrong choice? Porcelain stoneware imitating wood or gray concrete can be considered universal. This will suit almost any interior.

Quartz vinyl — This is a modern coating in the form of plates or boards. The main components in its composition are PVC and quartz sand. Outside covered with a protective film of polyurethane. Quartz vinyl perfectly tolerate moisture and contact with water. It is wear resistant and durable.

Laminate. The usual option for the bathroom will not work. Choose waterproof and moisture resistant. Such products can be identified by special markings. It is also better to choose a material of a high wear resistance class: not lower than 33. The joints and locks of the planks must be processed. For example, wax.

Linoleum is a rather controversial decision. On the one hand, it does not allow moisture to pass through and does not deteriorate under the influence of water. On the other hand, it is quite difficult to seal the joints, because the linoleum is fixed with a plinth. If water gets under the coating, there is a risk of mold and mildew. If you still decide to stay on linoleum, take the product without a thick pile lining. And also pay attention to its anti-slip properties.

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What is no longer fashionable

There are finishing materials that you are unlikely to find in modern designer projects.

PVC panels

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Such products are not afraid of moisture, easy to clean. The price for them is several times lower than for ceramics, wood or microcement. But there are no less cons. Finishing with PVC panels is visually seriously inferior to more expensive materials. In addition, plastic interferes with air circulation. So the bathroom must be ventilated.

Acid-colored tiles and borders with monograms

Too bright and straightforward tones gave way to complex, deep, noble shades. For example, instead of light green, it is better to choose olive, mint, emerald.

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Instead of bright red — burgundy, wine, marsala. And it is better to refuse tiled borders in the middle of the wall with curls, gilding, monograms.

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