Panels have become more and more popular over the years. And the range of bathroom wall panel designs has increased markedly as a consequence.
Bathroom design requirements can vary immensely from project to project. We will try to provide the most comprehensive information on what is available out there so that you can create the bathroom of your dreams.
Panel designs generally fall into several broad groups with most manufacturers offering something from at least one of these. Producers with a more extensive range will try to cover all of these areas to ensure they can meet their customers’ demands.
Marble Effect Panels
Marble has been popular for millennia and it is not hard to see why. It looks gorgeous and is the perfect finish for use in bathrooms. It is obvious why tiles and panel manufacturers try to emulate its natural good looks in their designs.
Marble effect panels make up the majority of most manufacturers’ ranges and are still as popular as ever with customers. There are varying degrees of patterning and colours varying from the striking to the very subtle in a wide choice of colours. Just like real marble, the variations are countless but they will always look like the perfect choice for any bathroom or shower room.
Tile Effect Panels
Tiles are still the most popular choice when it comes to decorating bathroom walls. But since the introduction of panel-based alternatives, the tide is turning.
Panels proved to be popular with customers but people still wanted the tried and tested look of tiled walls. So the manufacturers started to offer panels with a built-in tile pattern. This way, you have all the advantages of panelling with none of the drawbacks of tiles and grout.
Tile effect panels have proved to be a massive success with householders. They love the fact that they can have the look of tiles but without any of the hassle of trying to maintain grout in a pristine condition. The choices are growing all of the time because makers know they will be guaranteed sellers.
Mosaic Effect Panels
Mosaics have been around for a very long time. They look amazing but require an almost perfect surface otherwise any imperfection in the wall will show through in the grout lines. Larger tiles are more forgiving in this regard but mosaics are generally very small and cannot hide underlying issues.
Another of the major drawbacks of real mosaic tiles is the amount of grout needed as part of the overall design, and the more grout you have the more maintenance is required. These panels have the look of mosaic but no grout – the perfect solution making them one of our most popular bathroom wall panel designs.
Sparkle Bathroom Wall Panel Designs
These panels are a relatively new idea when compared with designs like marble.
The panels have a real metal flake sprinkled across their surface which is then lacquered over. These real pieces of metal catch the light and give a reflective, sparkling effect to the panel. They are probably the most eye-catching of all the designs available.
The density of the distribution can vary between makes and also between colour options. Black sparkle panels tend to use fewer flakes to keep the majority of the surface black. White sparkle panels will sometimes have a denser distribution of sparkling flakes.
Wood Effect Panels
In a perfect world, wood would be the perfect wall covering. It is naturally occurring, it looks good and is warm to the touch. It is also relatively cheap.
But while real wood looks warm and natural it has major drawbacks when used in a bathroom design. It needs to be protected from moisture. This in turn means a lot of maintenance to ensure it does not deteriorate over time. There are no such problems with wood effect panels as they are impervious to moisture. So there will be no flaking paint and no mould spots developing.