Last Updated Dec 6, 2010 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
One new option that you have for your bathroom walls are some laminates that have been specifically designed to be used on walls. These are available in some great colours and patterns so let your imagination run wild! Use them over the whole room or just in the shower recess, it's up to you! Some options include imitation marble or limestone finishes, bold finishes that are perfect as a feature wall or even laminates that give you the look of tiles without the work. While the laminate is usually installed by a professional, if you're proficient at DIY, you can do it yourself! One big advantage is that it's easier to replace the laminate if you decide that you want a change than it is to replace tiles.
The cost for laminate on the walls is quoted per square metre and can be anywhere from $75 to $165 per square metre, depending on the design. Laminate is also cheaper and faster to install than tiles.
Another option you have for your bathroom is glass panelling. Think glass splashbacks like those that are used in the kitchen but on a grander scale. You have a huge range of colours to choose from, so you can match the panelling to just about any shade of paint. Other options include metallic finishes, sparkles within the panel, or even pictures etched into the glass. Because of the cost involved, people generally use glass panelling for a feature wall inside a shower recess. Glass panels are custom made so there is no problem with sizes, but you will need a professional to install glass panelling as the glass cannot be changed once it has been measured, cut and toughened.
Glass panelling costs around $400 to $500 a square metre and the cost includes installation.