Redesigning your bathroom and introducing a whole new look couldn’t be easier with the use of wall panels. Unlike traditional tiles, wall panels are easy to install and maintain which makes the art of interior design much less daunting. Their versatility and ease of installation means they’re also perfect for any home, whether you’re in a rental property, a flat with limited space, or you own a larger house.
If you’re looking for design inspiration, our guide has you covered. Featuring a range of styles from classic to contemporary, feature walls to full panelling, there’s a style for everyone. Keep reading as we share some of our top bathroom wall ideas and trends.
Modern panelling in the bathroom
Panelling is one of the most popular interior design trends right now, and whilst these traditional wooden features look beautiful, they dote on classic design styles which can often leave homeowners looking for something with a more modern aesthetic.
If you’re looking to incorporate wooden elements into your design but want a cleaner and more minimalist look, we’d recommend opting for the Vox Linerio Mocca Slat Panel. Not only can this be used to create a feature wall that can blend seamlessly with contemporary design schemes, but it’s also a highly practical solution to traditional wood panelling. This PVC panel is resistant to water or steam damage, ensuring that your bathroom always looks timeless and in great shape.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for other ways to panel your bathroom you can take a different approach to modern aesthetics. Our contemporary collection is constantly updated to reflect current design trends, and it can be used to create a unique modern look.
For those who prefer the abstract and those who are looking to create a feature, the Silver Wave shower wall panel is an excellent choice for a bathroom. The wave-like lines provide texture and depth whilst reflecting the water themes of the bathroom, yet the white hue ensures subtlety so that the panel can blend in seamlessly as needed with your other colour schemes or design choices.
Incorporating a splash of colour can also make a huge difference to your bathroom interior. The Blue Herringbone tile offers visual intrigue whilst adhering to contemporary minimalist design schemes by alternating between different hues. Reflective of ocean colours, this bathroom panel idea is ideal for creating a feature wall and adding a pop of colour to an often plain space in the home.
Shower wall panel ideas
Natural materials like stone, wood, and marble are popular choices for shower and wet room areas. However, given the upkeep, they are not always a practical choice due to their porous nature. Waterproof shower wall panels can provide the same seamless look at a fraction of the cost, and they are much easier to keep clean. They’re also ideal if you’re looking for a quick and simple way to bring character into your home, as they can be used to create focal points or add a look of texture to the space.
For an elegant and luxurious look, the Ultra Matt Carrara Marble shower panel is a great choice. The matte finish helps to provide a calming, spa-like aesthetic to your bathroom, whilst the subtle marble details work to add visual depth without detracting from other features in the room. The marble looks best when complemented by rich gold accessories or contrasting black details.
If you prefer a more rustic look, 3D effect stone can provide a more bespoke solution that suits your style. This natural stone panel in light grey is a cleverly printed design that gives the illusion of texture and exposed brickwork. However, the flat finish makes it ideal for bathrooms because there will be no sitting water or gathering of dust. These brick wall panels offer an authentic, unique look that adds real character to the space.
If none of the above are what you envision your bathroom to look like, we have plenty of others available in our shower panel collection, so that you can find something that is perfectly suited to your taste. Of course, bathroom cladding ideas don’t have to be limited to a flat wall or surface, if you’re looking to add more architectural interest you could install a ledge, niche, or freestanding wall into your space, using panels to decorate and increase utilitarian space.
Small bathroom wall panel ideas
When it comes to small bathrooms, wall panels can brighten up a space or make your bathroom look bigger. However, it is important to select the right colour schemes and patterns to incorporate them into your home successfully. For example, vertical designs can help to give the illusion of higher ceilings which in turn will make the bathroom feel more spacious and airy. When adding vertical designs to small bathrooms, it’s best to choose a light colour such as the Vox Linerio Natural Wood slat panels to avoid making your space too dark.
To create a more traditional bathroom look, large format mosaic tiles can be used to add a feature wall around your shower or sink area. They are best used on one wall rather than several, as the geometric lines can make a space appear smaller. Mosaic panels are more suited to small bathrooms than tiles because they are resistant to water, dirt, and steam which makes them easier to maintain, and their smooth installation removes the need for tricky tile work in tight spaces. Alternatively, for a more subtle look that doesn’t overwhelm your design, trims such as the silver wave tile are perfect for adding visual depth.
A reliable option when it comes to small bathroom wall panel ideas is the use of tile effect cladding. Choosing a style you like in a neutral or bright colour can instantly transform your bathroom into an aesthetic sanctuary. To avoid feeling boxed in, we’d recommend opting for larger tile designs, and herringbone or vertical patterns.
Finally, whilst not strictly a wall panel idea we would strongly suggest recommending ceiling panels for smaller bathrooms because the decreased airflow and ventilation may cause damage to your ceiling. These ceiling panels are mould-free, waterproof, and easy to clean which makes them ideal for any wet room or bathroom.
Transform your bathroom with The Panel Company
Bathroom wall panels present endless possibilities when it comes to interior design, and due to the ease of installation, affordability, and fantastic look, they’re a highly popular choice. If you’re looking for further inspiration to create your dream bathroom, explore our galleries to see a wide range of projects or contact one of our specialists to discuss your project.