The White Plank Wall Trend

Even though we’re still a few months away from remodeling our bathroom, its design is always in the back of my mind.  As I’ve mentioned before, we aren’t restoring the house to its original state.  Instead, we’re drawing influence from its historical qualities, and pairing those with a little modern flair.

One way we plan to do so is through the use of subway tile.  We’re using it for our kitchen backsplash, but due to its prevalence in so many historic bathroom photos from the 1910’s, we’re considering putting subway tile in the bathroom as well.


I originally wanted to just fill the wall behind the clawfoot tub with subway tile, but the more I see these old photos, the more I fall in love with the “subway-tile-around-the-whole-bathroom” look.  It’s just so clean and classic, and it works with so many different styles (for example, you can use marble subway tile for a more traditional and chic bathroom, or use a simple white subway tile with dark grout lines for an eclectic, funky space).

Sidenote: am I the only one getting a major kick out of these old advertisements?  A bathroom named “the Knickerbocker? Or $37.20 for the complete “Perfection Bathroom Outlet”?  $37.20 hardly buys a gallon of paint today!


While I love the subway tile look, running it along the bottom half of the bathroom definitely isn’t the most economical option.  Because of this, I’ve been exploring other options, one of which is wood planking.  Only planking the bottom half of the room would stay a little more true to the bathroom’s original design, but I’m really loving the floor to ceiling planking in the follow photos.

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So what do you think?  Would you subway tile the bathroom?  Install wood planks?  Would you run the wood planks up to the ceiling or just halfway up the walls?  Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts!

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3 Responses to The White Plank Wall Trend

  1. Michelle says:

    Loving those old ads! I adore subway tile, but I’m also loving this new plank wall trend. I don’t think you could go wrong with either option

  2. Sandy says:

    I love the old ads and I love subway tile. I think a classic subway tile will always be in style as long as you don’t go with a trendy color. Planked walls, on the other hand, will go out of style. That’s why it’s best to not to follow trends in my opinion. Planked walls will go the way of paneled walls. Wainscoting and board and batten are always classic.

  3. Brook says:

    love your 12×24 bathroom tile in the brick lay pattern. Thinking about doing that same thing in our guest bath but not sure if it’s big enough. About how large is that bathroom that you put your tile in? Thanks, Brook

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