no tiles in the bathroom

I don’t want tiles in the shower area of our new bathroom. Does anybody know a solution for this (perhaps a special plaster)? I know of tadelakt but it is too expensive. I am very curious to know if more people have a tile-less bathroom!

29 Responses to no tiles in the bathroom

  1. Hi Danielle,

    Eventjes in het Nederlands omdat ik met hetzelfde probleem zit en een oplossing heb gevonden. Chloor-rubber verf van Sigma deze kun je laten mengen in alle kleuren bij de verfwinkel.

    Hoop dat de verbouwing spoedig loopt, hier erg langzaam. Groet, Yvonne

  2. Did you ask for information for waxed concrete for walls one of my friend used it for their bathroom and it’s really great almost similar aspect than tadelakt and you can DIY …

  3. you can use waterproofing materials used for pools, they come in variety of colors and don’t look messy. we also use glass painted on the opposite side, then glued onto the walls of the shower…

  4. I’m also having a tile-free wall in my bathroom – right next to the shower. Check the link and you you’ll be able to see what i mean.
    The sales assistant at Intercodam (am sure you know it) said that there are all sorts of water- and mould-proof paints available these days, so you don’t have to have tiles everywhere. I’d suggest plaster and waterproofing where the wall joins the floor by a professional, followed by a waterproof paint in the colour of your choice. Good luck!

  5. ….there’s also this link from Remodelista (see pic at the end)

    Good luck!

  6. I stayed in this hiphotel up in the mountains of northern Thailand. The villas are beautifully designed and some of the bathrooms are merely concrete screed with teak. You can find some photos in their website here:

  7. Has anyone ever tried using Alucobond or similar materials in a bathroom environment? Alucobond can be cut with woodworking tools and if grooved on the back, it can be bent to form watertight joints. It does dent because it is aluminum over a compliant core. Look is rather “high tech” or industrial but might work in some situations.


  8. I used solid surfacing sheets
    It is a very nice product – the color you choose can really make it look good. You can also get it at Mendard – who knew!

  9. Z-haus uses a “shower grade stucco” in its bathrooms. See the last paragraph in the features section.

  10. Thank you for your advice. This is very helpful to us!! I hope to you show you the result soon…

  11. Waxed concrete sounds good!
    Stucco or spatulato might come off.
    I saw something nice, but it sounded expensive: crashed marble pouder in some sort of tadelakt.
    The bath showrooms have these fantastic walls…

    As soon as you have the solution, please post about it: I could need it for my bathroom renovation (in Germany)

  12. I have a tileless bathroom since 2 years. After it is a new built house we tried to do this as good as can be.
    First of all, there is a special mat (kind of rubber-material) on the floor an it reaches up on to the wall, so no water can drop in the corners between wall and floor. then the walls were treatet with a special water-resistant plaster. We used an acrylic-Floor, the kind you find in industrial spaces too. It ist water-resistant, comes in all colours and we used it in the whole room, so the shower is barriere-free. The walls were paintet with a double coat of boat-paint. i guess it is not really healthy, but its the only paint that works. we tried normal water resistant-paint before and we got black stains on the walls. i recommend you ask an architect or some other professional.

    By the way, this gives me the oportunity to let you know how very much i enjoy your blog.


  13. hallo!
    wij hebben in de badkamer een pleister op cementbasis gebruikt, dat volledig waterbestendig is en kan gepolierd worden als beton…
    De naam is “COMPAKTUNA”.

  14. we are using opoxy resin

  15. Hi Danielle,

    Wij zijn een stylingbureau en raden onze klanten in dit geval meestal Divisorio stucwerk aan, dat is een stucwerk op basis van een kunstofmengsel en is vergelijkbaar met een PU-gietvloer maar dan toegepast op de wand. Het lijkt op Tadelakt, maar het voelt wel aan als kunststof en niet als een cementwand. Divisorio stucwerk is verkrijgbaar via Senso Vloeren. Ook een optie is de wand stuccen met Pandomo (wordt verwerk door bijvoorbeeld Gebr. Den Nijs, Dit is wel op cementbasis, het lijkt heel erg op Tadelakt maar is stukken goedkoper. Alleen is dit stucwerk niet geschikt voor de natte ruimtes (zoals in de douche of tegen het bad aan).

    Waterafstotende verven zijn prima voor de badkamer, maar echt niet geschikt voor de natte ruimtes. Het stucwerk afsluiten met een matte epoxy zou wel kunnen werken, daar hebben we geen ervaring mee. Maar als je ook maar iets hebt overgeslagen bij het epoxyen, kan het vocht doordringen in de wand en wordt het stucwerk poreus, vochtig en kan er schimmelvorming ontstaan.

    Succes met het vinden van het meest geschikte materiaal!

    Vriendelijke groet,
    Chrissie Cremers
    Mint. Styling & Concepts.

  16. Betaalbare tadelakt in de douche

    Wij zochten ook een oplossing voor tadelakt daar het veel te ingewikkeld en veel te duur is in Nederland.
    Bovendien is marokaanse tadelakt van heel slechte kwaliteit omwille van de ambachtelijke produktie.
    Maar wij zochten een natuurlijke alternatief met dezelfde fraaie uitzicht als de originele tadelakt en na lang zoeken stoten wij op een materiaal in Belgie met dezelfde eigenschappen als tadelakt maar gemakkelijk te plaatsen en met garantie.

    Het is stukken goedkoper, watervast in de badkamer en ook de douche, et onderhoudsvrij.

    het produkt is online te kopen bij PERFECTINO,

    prijs bedraagt ongeveer 20 tot 25€/m².

  17. Danielle

    you may have already solved your problem re the tiles, but if not you could consider the cement finish I used at my house….I am happy to send pictures of how I did it but cant see how to attached files to the post

    if the moderator can let me know how to send files, or if you cold give me your email I would be happy to send the pix

    the effect is striking and very very economical to do.


  18. Tony, please send me the pix

  19. Hi Tony,
    Would like to see how you created a tileless bathroom & pics to if possible.
    Thanks so much

  20. Hi Toni,

    I would also like to see pictures of your bathroom.

  21. You can go with no tiles but you need to make sure you cover the walls in something. Waterproof paint can help protect your walls from water damage.

  22. L S Jagadeesan

    Hello Toni, Can you pls send me the pics of your cement finish. Thanks very much.

  23. i have seen groutless like tile wallboard at some of these fast food places like mcDonalds that have a type of solid wallboard….the quality looks and feels good….anyone know where they are obtaining this product?


  24. I am interested in info and photos on the cement shower that Tony wrote about on March 8th, 2009.
    It is so difficult to clean grout; I’d love to get a better alternative for the shower/bath.
    Thanks very much,

  25. can you please send me of your washroom?

  26. can you send me pics?

  27. Redoing an old broken bathroom on a budget.
    ideas and suggestions, please. (white/light grey theme)

    Thank you.


  28. I am interested in waterproofing a shower without tiles. Would also love to see pics and any other info.

    Thank you,


    Tileless wet room.
    I am trying to create a wet room with no tiles on the wall. I want the walls to look like the walls in the rest of the house – with a matt finish. Is there anything out there that totally waterproofs a wet room walls without having a shinny or rag rolled finish. There are tiles on the floor – its just for the walls…
    Thanks for helping….

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