Everything You Need to Know about Wall Cladding
Our home’s walls have a significant role in determining the style of our design. The era we live in has constant innovation, with a wealth and wide range of cladding options. We at Tidhar understand this and offer our clients a large variety of cladding tiles.
Most tiles you’ll choose between are ceramic or granite-porcelain tiles. These are the recommended cladding materials for wet spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens, and both ceramic and porcelain tiles are resistant to scratching and wear-out. You can deliberate whether you want matte or glossy tiles, smooth or striped, mock-marble or mock-concrete, and so on. The tiles we offer meet the specification requirements for bathroom and kitchen cladding.
When selecting your tiling, I recommend ignoring temporary trends and choosing tiling that is practical to maintain. Keep in mind the size of the room and the fittings that will be incorporated into it: a floor mat, towels, a soap rack, a toothbrush holder, and so on. All of these bring color and character into the room, so I recommend choosing a classic palette that will serve as a backdrop for all these elements. At this stage it’s worth remembering that less is more.
What Can We Do?
You could choose one wall and clad it with a dominant material, such as an embossed cladding with a wave pattern, graffiti pattern, textile-like tiling, or a combination between matte and a glossy finish. The rest of the walls can be cladded with classic, neutral tiling to create harmony between the walls. Speaking of classic colors, lighter colors like white have shades as well; the color of ceramic or granite-porcelain will never be the same white as the bathroom fixtures.
If you want to “go wild,” the kitchen is the right space to combine dominant colors and innovation. Since the cladding area isn’t very large, you have plenty of flexibility in the size and geometric shape of the tile.
How High Up Should the Tiling Go?
In bathrooms that don’t have lowered ceilings, we clad the walls up to the height in the sale specification, and in accordance with the height of a whole tile. In projects with lowered ceilings the cladding will go up to the lowering.
One common design trend is cladding bathroom walls from floor to ceiling, all in the same color, to give the space a luxurious, homogenous look and create an illusion of height.
What About the Corners?
Where walls converge at a 90-degree angle we typically apply custom metal corners with a brushed-aluminum color, which blends in with a wide range of shades. If the chosen corner doesn’t suit the customer, they are welcome to privately source their own corner tiles.
You’ll need to set aside a surplus of your chosen cladding and flooring tiles to account for depreciation. The extent of depreciation is very important: at the start of each project, we do a tile count for each space, then add a percentage for depreciation in implementation (fracturing) and upkeep (a year’s warranty). Clients who upgrade their tiling or expand their bathroom space, and clients who choose to combine patterns or select large tiles, are obliged to a higher percentage, provided by the project’s planning coordinator. The orientation of the tiles’ placement (diagonal, wall-shaped, etc.) also factors into the required depreciation percentage.
Once you’ve selected your tile, and in case you have any special demands, you will need to submit a tiling layout to Tidhar – a sketch that shows the location of the décor tiles and the first cladding tile, as well as any other important information you want us to implement.
- Establish your design style before you visit showrooms.
- Decide your budget; when choosing non-standard tiles, you have to pay extra for the work on the grounds as well.
- Make sure that you have bathroom storage space to help you keep it organized, since the room has limited space to begin with.
- Choose neutral, monochromatic cladding tiles. You can incorporate special cladding or choose three-dimensional décor tiles, or cladding tiles with a metallic effect.
- If your bathroom is small, you can place a large mirror on one of the walls to create the illusion of a larger room.
Enjoy your bath! 😊
Disclaimer: Everything said in this post is strictly a recommendation. Culpability for use of any products purchased as a result of this recommendation lies solely with the purchasing party.