One of the predicted bathroom trends for 2018 was the use of large panels, instead of tiles on the walls, to remove the need for grout. I recently shared a post by Katrina Chambers on groutless showers and it got a lot of interest, but many of the bathrooms in that post related to bathrooms from overseas. So I decided to do some research via Houzz, to find some groutless bathroom ideas in Australia for inspiration. There was so much variety in the use of panels in the bathrooms.
I reached out to Amelia from Undercover Architect to ensure I covered all available options when it comes to the types of panels or finishes available for groutless or tile less bathrooms. The most common are render, concrete, stone panels and acrylic panels.
Amelia confirmed and added to my list:
1. Venetian Plaster can be used in parts of the bathroom (need a different product generally within wet areas)
2. Compressed Fibre Cement Sheeting
3. Stone Panels
4. Corian and other resin based products
5. Acrylic panels – like Aquapanel etc
There are many options available to suit a range of budgets and interior choices. In fact the cost of supplying and installing panels can be quite comparative with a middle range tile installation.
Groutless Bathroom Ideas in Australia
Just because the panels are groutless, doesn’t mean they won’t necessarily be free from mould. Check the specification at the time of making your selections to ensure you’re getting a product that will meet your design and cleaning needs. Some products, while suited to humid conditions, may need adequate ventilation and sunlight to prevent mould growth.
Here are some groutless bathroom ideas that have been installed in Australia. If you click on the image, the designer will share the exact product they have used on the walls. (Except the Minosa Design one says Easy Clean Shower)