The walls in the bathroom are different from the walls in other rooms in the house. Any form of wall covering will function in living rooms, bedrooms, corridors, and other entirely dry spaces. Nearly any sort of wall covering can be used, even in typically dry spaces like kitchens.

This is made feasible by the protection provided by backsplashes in kitchens. However, water comes from all sides in restrooms. Bathroom walls suffer greatly from moisture, both from direct tub and shower overspray and from moisture-rich air. While bathroom vent fans certainly help, moisture problems can occur even in bathrooms with good ventilation.

Vinyl wall covering

In terms of utility, vinyl-coated wallpaper is one of the finest solutions for bathroom walls. But if 100% vinyl wallpaper conjures up images of hotels, reconsider.

Vinyl wall coverings have matured and elevated. Beautiful vinyl wallpapers are available from retailers like Tempaper, and they have adorned homes that have appeared in shelter and design magazines.

Regular interior paint or Bathroom Semi-Gloss Paint

Regular interior paint that has been modified so that it is more suitable for bathrooms is known as bathroom paint. The major thing to avoid with standard interior paint is choosing a flat or matte surface paint since these surfaces will retain water in the paint’s pores.

Using surfaces with a semi-gloss or even high gloss sheen is a traditional technique to prevent this since water beads up on these surfaces. But you may achieve those desired flatter sheens in the bathroom using quality paints that contain chemicals that destroy mould.

Glass or Ceramic Tile

The traditional material for bathroom walls is ceramic tile. With tile, moisture will never be an issue as long as it is applied correctly. Even areas with standing water, such the interiors of bathtubs and swimming pools, have been covered in tile since the time of the ancient Romans.

Your primary concern is design. Grout means lines and is present in all tile. The appearance of the bathroom can be improved or diminished by the patterns created by lines.


The lower section of the wall is only partially covered by beadboard. But when it comes to moisture issues, the lower portion is the most crucial. It is possible to paint beadboard with glossy or semi-gloss paint, which effectively shields the lowest portions of the walls against dampness.

Purchase beadboard panels that are eight feet long and four feet high to make installation simpler. These long boards go down fast with finish nails and construction adhesive when installed longitudinally.

The vintage appearance of your bathroom’s beadboard can either be an asset or a liability. Beadboard blends seamlessly into bathrooms with a traditional design. Beadboard is awkward and out of place in contemporary bathrooms.


Tileboard first has the appearance of ceramic tile. Tileboard is available in big format panels that allow you to quickly and easily install 32 square feet of wall covering that roughly resembles tile.

Better tileboard resembles ceramic tile more closely and has a coated wear surface that deters moisture. Due to its budget-friendly appearance, tileboard is best used in guest bathrooms or basement bathrooms. It is also inexpensive and simple to install.

When water reaches the back of tileboard, it quickly swells and loses its ability to regain its former proportions. Maintaining bathroom-grade silicone caulk around all seams and edges is one approach to solve this issue.