A popular choice for a bathroom wall covering is tile. There are many options that you have available when choosing tile. One of the first choices you have to make is how much of the wall you will cover with it. You can cover half of the wall or the entire thing. Here are some points to consider when deciding how much of your bathroom walls you would like to cover with tile.

Is There A Better Choice?

When thinking about whether you should cover half or your entire wall with tile, there is no choice that is better than the other. Each type of wall covering has its advantages and disadvantages. After reviewing both ways of covering your wall, the final choice is going to be a personal decision. Some of the best choices for bathroom tile are glazed porcelain and ceramic, glass, and stone. These choices have varying degrees of maintenance and water resistance. Again, it will be a personal decision based on the amount of maintenance, cost, and installation for each choice.


A half-tile bathroom is usually tiled on the bottom part of the wall. The tile is placed on the part of the wall most likely to be wet in the bathroom area. Because half of the wall is tiled, you will need to place edging between the tiled and untiled part of the wall. You have more options for this type of wall because you will have at least two different types of wall material to choose from. Less tile could equal a lower price for a remodel.


Full tile has the tendency to cost more, but your bathroom wall will be all one material. Since it will be all the same material, you want to make sure that the tile you use will not overwhelm your space. You have options with your tile concerning the material, the color/pattern, and size. All of these can affect the look and feel of your space. Larger tiles will require less grouting than smaller tiles and can make the room look bigger. Additionally, the size of the grout between the tiles is also a factor. The grout will need to be kept clean and monitored for mold, mildew, and soap scum. The grout will need to be checked for wear and tear as time goes on as well.

By reviewing your bathroom layout, size, and color choices, you can choose whether you want to have full-tiled or half-tiled bathroom walls. Then you can determine other wall materials, the size, color, pattern, and even shape of the tiles that you would like to use.