Today, it’s not impossible to find even the unusual materials for a bathroom interior. But you must be aware of which material to use and which one to avoid in a wet bathroom setting. This way you can easily prevent blunders while making your bathroom dazzle.
Unlike other rooms in your home, there are more things to consider when choosing materials for the bathroom. Since bathrooms are prone to water damages, slick surfaces, as well as the growth of mould, mildew and bacteria, you need to be careful when selecting different materials for your shower room.
We have come up with a small list of materials that you must choose and the ones to avoid for a bathroom project. Here we’ve categorised the bathroom in three sections (flooring, bathroom worktops and walls) for making right material choices:
Finding the right material for bathroom flooring is one of the toughest parts of bathroom construction. It is because you have to look for a material that can withstand hot steam and constant water contact without being slick.
Materials To Choose:
Some of the best flooring material options include rubber flooring, linoleum flooring and anti-slip tiles. For linoleum flooring, make sure that you select sheets and not boards, as boards have seams that may trap moisture.
Materials To Avoid:
Wood and water are the worst enemies. So, never use wood flooring in a bathroom. Wood efficiently traps moisture and is prone to wrapping under wet conditions. Moreover, choosing porcelain or stone materials for bathrooms is also not a good idea. Both these hard surfaces get dangerous when damp. And the worst option for bathroom flooring is a carpet. When in a wet condition, carpet can quickly grow mould, mildew and bacteria and hence, is unhygienic for a bathroom setting.
When choosing materials for your bathroom walls, you don’t have to worry about it being slippery. Therefore, you have more material options in this category.
Materials To Choose:
You can easily opt for ceramic, stone and porcelain tiles for bathroom wall cladding. You may choose attractive wall tiles around the shower or sink area. Since walls are often away from water, even marble bathroom walls are a good idea.
Marble: The natural marble is a veined metamorphic stone. It is available in endless varieties of colours, designs and patterns. However, marble is a porous stone that needs sealing once or twice a year. But marble cladding for bathroom walls seems a good option. You can even use it as a sink or shower surrounds for an exotic interior.
Solid Surfaces: Dekton porcelain, Neolith ceramics or durable glass tiles are some of the trendy decor options for contemporary bathroom walls. The traditional ceramic tiles are formed out of clay and other raw materials under high heat and pressure conditions to harden them. Even porcelain is a kind of ceramic that includes finer clays heated up under higher temperatures. Porcelain is a denser and harder material choice for wall cladding in the bathroom. Some Dekton bathroom worktop surfaces also mimic natural marble. So, if you don’t want to deal with the flaws of marble, you may consider it for bathroom countertops, as well as walls.
Materials to Avoid:
The less favourable materials for walls in a bathroom are wallpapers. It is because they can easily peel in constant contact with steam. However, you may consider using solid vinyl wallpaper for adding a unique touch to a bathroom. But make sure to use it only in areas where water damage is not possible, such as around vanity or bathroom mirror.
Though there is a wide range of options available for bathroom countertops, many people still make the mistake of choosing the wrong materials for their bathroom worktops. To avoid the mistakes, consider the following options:
Materials to Choose:
It is best to embrace solid surface, laminate, glass and quartz for bathroom worktops.
Laminate: The laminate bathroom worktops are created out of plastic layers, which are further bonded to particleboard (MDF) to make a solid worktop surface. These worktops can also be customised as per your requirement and hence, gives a creative edge to designers.
Solid-Surface: The solid surface bathroom worktops are made out of the blend of polyester and acrylic particles, along with resins, to ensure durability. These are available in endless colours and styles. These materials are provided by various manufacturing brands like Silestone, Corian, Swanstone, etc.
Quartz: Quartz worktops are also available under different brands like Silestone, Caesarstone, Compac, etc. However, Caesarstone and Silestone bathroom countertops are also available in marble and granite-like patterns to give a natural touch to your shower room. Each quartz worktop contains around 90% of natural quartz particles that are further blended with pigments, resins and other minerals to form solid worktops. Some quartz worktops are also available with integrated washbasins for a seamless design.
Materials to Avoid:
When designing a bathroom countertop, make sure to avoid tiles. It is because tiles are likely to get dirty faster in heavy-duty areas with things like makeup, coloured soap, shampoo, lotion, etc. If you still wish to add tiles, it’s best to consider dark coloured tiles to conceal grime. Besides tiles, also stay away from copper bathroom worktops, as they need regular maintenance.