A Tale of Tiles
The technique known as wainscoting — paneling the lower half of a wall — is a lovely way to add texture, warmth and visual interest to a room. It’s often seen in dining rooms, libraries and other living areas in a home.
We apply that same theory to bathrooms, but instead of wood, which can get moldy when wet, we use tile. Sometimes we employ wainscoting wall tile ideas to an entire wall, from floor to ceiling. Other times we use the tile wainscoting approach from the floor to halfway up the wall, and then complement the tile with paint above it. Tile can be extended over the vanity as well to serve as a backsplash.
Because tile comes in so many shapes, colors and sizes, using it as wainscoting not only provides moisture protection for walls, it creates that same design interest found in wood wainscoting. But if you really want the look of wood wainscoting, there’s a ceramic tile interpretation of it that looks exactly like beadboard without the mold risk.
Plus tile wainscoting is easier to clean than paint since you can just wipe it down. If you have children or frequent young visitors, you know how important that aspect can be!