Re: Beadboard v Tile or Beadboard Wallpaper?
It's your home, your checkbook, do what makes you the happiest.
I am not a fan of beadboard myself, though that doesn't mean that it can't be done nicely. When installed as a wainscot, it can be quite attractive. Beadboard will only be as durable as the paint that seals it. Use a good quality, alkyd paint and cleaning and sanitation shouldn't be an issue. Another tip, keep the beadboard an inch or so off the floor and use either plastic or real wood baseboard and keep the caulking joint between the floor and baseboard well maintained to prevent any surface water from getting to the base or beadboard. Beadboard is generally made of MDF or Masonite, both of which soak up water and swell like a sponge (hence the small gap along the floor ).
IMHO, tiled walls are dated quickly - if they were ever "in style". I'm not a fan of the look or tile either, but matching what you've already got will be cheaper than replacing everything..
Wallpaper isn't a particularly good thing to use in a bathroom. Sure, lot's of folks have done it, some with success, some with disaster. Paper, like the other products is a personal preference.
Little boys or big boys, the "splash" effect exists for both. For the most part, splashes remain on the toilet and the surrounding floor, then don't generally make it to the wall unless the wall was the intended target of the shooter.
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