So – you’re re-doing your bathroom.

You’ll be forgiven for assuming (we all have at some point) that tiles will be covering most if not all of the surface. Tiles are the first option that comes to mind for most in their bathrooms.

But they’re not the only possibility – far from it.


Have you thought about using microcement in your bathroom? It’s incredibly easy to clean and keep hygienic. It’s hypoallergenic too. We can create a seamless concrete finish for your bathroom that means:

  • No tiles that can break or come loose over time
  • No grout that can be discoloured
  • No damp that can get into surfaces
  • No discoloration from water damage

The seamless finish is striking and spectacular, not to mention easy to maintain. It’s resistant to limescale, mould and fungi.

You can combine your microcement walls with a jointless microcement floor, providing an even more dramatic look.

As specialists in microcement bathrooms, we think it’s one of the most beautiful surfaces you can create in this most important of rooms.  But here are just a few other options you might want to consider, all of which can be placed side by side with concrete is you want a little more interest and variety.

Interior Paint

Bathroom paint is relatively inexpensive, although you’ll still pay roughly twice as much as for regular household paint. Bathroom paint has additives in it that reduce the growth of mould or mildew. Not a bad option, but still nothing like as durable and impermeable a finish as concrete.

Vinyl Wallpaper

Very simple to lay in the first place, because it can be applied and re-applied more than once. Bear in mind though that some vinyl wallpaper is not suitable for really heavy moisture environments – so if you’re installing a full wetroom, you might want to look elsewhere.


Beadboard covers the lower half of your wall. It’s a classic look, perhaps suited to a more traditional design scheme. For modern bathrooms though, beadboard can look a little out of place.


The old bathroom favourite! Tiling is fairly impermeable if you use the right grout, and it’s popular due to the sheer variety of designs to choose from. From a design perspective though, tiling can make a bathroom feel a little sterile. Microcement, in comparison, has a natural understated warmth.


Tileboard is a really good material for those on a tight budget, and very easy to install if you’re doing it yourself. It looks like tiling, but bear in mind that as a cheap option, it doesn’t look high-end at all, and won’t bring much of a wow factor to your bathroom. Tileboard can also swell easily if water gets behind it – so you need to know what you’re doing if you’re going to apply it yourself.

Author Sally Hotchin