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Photos: 7 Alternatives to Tile for Your Bathroom Walls

Tile is a classic choice for bathroom walls, but it doesn’t suit everyone’s taste. Maybe you prefer a space to have natural warmth, or you’d like a bright splash of color to wake you up during your morning shower. If you’re looking for a bathroom wall covering that expresses your personality, consider these seven creative alternatives.

If you want to add elegance and luxury to your bathroom, marble is a great choice. A milky smooth finish and an easy-to-clean surface make this an option that will have universal appeal in case you ever decide to sell.


Shown paired with the Porter faucet in Brilliance brushed nickel.


Trend watchers will love to see shiplap make an appearance in the bath, either in traditional white or a subdued hue. The lines of the parallel boards add a tone of evenness to the design. The addition of shiplap will give your bathroom a rustic, cozy feel.



Shown with the Olmsted faucet.


The possibilities of wallpaper are endless, and perfect if you’re looking to express a bit of whimsy. The curls and swirls of this muted damask paper lend texture while adding to the dramatic look of the Merge faucet



Earthy warmth emanates from wood, and these reclaimed wood panels add a masculine, folksy vibe that will make your guests feel right at home. A touch of chrome adds a bit of shine to an otherwise soft background.



Picture-frame molding is often added to a dining room or a formal living room to add sophistication and formality, but you might not have considered adding it to your bathroom. The right angles create a frame for your sink, which will look like a work of art with the the right faucet.



The clean lines of wainscoting can suit many styles, from Shaker to traditional. The simple vertical design pairs well with many fixtures. 



The ultimate in personality: To add drama, energy or mellowness to any bath, add a few coats of paint. If your mood is affected by color, try a hue that wakes you up. Or opt for one that relaxes you during a long soak in the tub. No matter your color choice, the Tolva faucet will garner attention.