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Bathroom Wall Tile Height: Partial or Full Height?

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If you are planning a bathroom renovation, you may be wondering what the best way to lay your bathroom wall tiles would be. Planning the extent of your bathroom wall tiles is an all important step in the design process that will affect not only the style of the space but also your renovation budget. You may choose to only tile to a designated, specific height or instead, lay your bathroom wall tiles all the way up to the ceiling. When planning the extent of your wall tiles, you must also keep in mind that the BCA does specify certain requirements that must be met in order to ensure a high quality outcome that is properly waterproofed. In this post, we take a look at these requirements and outline your options when it comes to specifying the bathroom wall tile height for your next project.

BCA Requirements: Waterproofing & Tiling

The BCA sets out specific requirements for waterproofing of the bathroom; for example, your shower must be waterproofed to a minimum height of 1800mm with your wall tiles also going up to this height. There must be a water resistant material applied to the wall above your bathroom basin while walls around your bathtub or spa must be waterproofed to a minimum height of 150mm above the tub’s lip. If you are considering limiting your bathroom wall tile height for aesthetic purposes or to save on renovation costs, it is crucial that the BCA’s requirements are met. Your Interior Designer will ensure adherence to these requirements throughout the design process.

Partial Bathroom Wall Tile Height

Restricting your wall tiles to a certain height is an excellent solution if you are looking to achieve a specific look in your bathroom while also saving on the total cost of your bathroom renovation. This technique will save you money on not only the cost of the tiles themselves but also waterproofing and labour costs, making this an ideal solution for those who are looking to tighten up their renovation budget.

Bathroom Wall Tiles

This stylish bathroom combines bathroom wall paint with tiles to create a modern look. The spaces above the vanity unit includes a water resistant upstand as well as wall tiles to ensure the design meets the requirements outlined in the BCA.

You may choose to only tile where necessary according to the requirements set out in the BCA or alternatively, you may choose to tile to a defined, specific height around all walls of your bathroom (ensuring of course, that all areas outlined in the BCA are waterproofed and tiled as well). You may choose to tile all the walls of your bathroom to 1800mm or 2100mm in height for example, creating a consistent line around the room for a crisp and modern look. Any untiled areas of your walls can then be painted using wall paint that is specific to wet areas which allows for better ease of cleaning in the bathroom. This technique will look best in spaces with a tall ceiling height, usually 3000mm and over.

Carrying your Bathroom Wall Tile Height to the Ceiling

Restricting your bathroom wall tiles to a designated height is an excellent solution when looking to create a certain look while also keeping your bathroom renovation budget in check however, in spaces where the ceiling height allows, you may instead consider tiling all the way up to the ceiling for a timeless aesthetic.

Carnivale_Bathroom Wall Tile Height

Our timeless Carnivale collection includes a modern concrete inspired porcelain tile with a matching textured feature wall tile allowing you to combine the two for a dynamic finish in your bathroom’s design scheme. The wall tiles in this space are carried all the way up to the ceiling, creating a luxurious look in this elegant space.

This technique will look best in spaces with a ceiling height of under 3000mm. By tiling to the ceiling, you also have the opportunity to experiment with the types of wall tiles you choose. You may opt to use the same wall tile throughout the whole space or alternatively, you can include a feature wall tile to create a dynamic look in your new bathroom. You may even decide to mix and match your tiles, using one wall tile up to a certain height around the room followed by a contrasting wall tile up to the ceiling, allowing you to create a unique and stylish look in your new bathroom’s design scheme.

This type of tiling layout will of course, attract a higher price tag in terms of the cost of the additional tiles as well as labour however, it will offer a luxurious and elegant look in your new bathroom design scheme while also eliminating the need for painting your walls.

Asiago_Bathroom Wall Tile Height

Our charismatic Asiago tiles are used in this modern bathroom design to tile halfway up the wall. The look is brought together with a crisp white subway tile that carries up to the ceiling.

When planning your next bathroom renovation, taking the time to carefully plan out the extent of your wall tiles is a crucial step that will not only impact the look of the space but also your renovation budget. Whether you choose to tile all the way up to the ceiling in your new bathroom, mix and match feature tiles or restrict your tiling to only the areas as outlined in the BCA, our team will be able to help you create the perfect look in your new design scheme, offering expert advice at each step of the tile selection process. Visit our Melbourne tiles store to browse our endless selection of luxurious designer tiles or start your journey in our online tile store where you can also order tile samples to be delivered directly to you.