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Shower Wall Panel Patterns: Maximalist, Transitionalist, and Scandinavian Designs

May 21, 2024

The perception that shower wall panels are synonymous with plain, white, and institutional designs is outdated. While basic white glossy panels are still available and cost-effective, today's options offer style without compromising on ease of maintenance. This is great news for those looking to avoid the hassle of grout joints while enhancing their bathroom aesthetics.

Modern shower wall panel designs cater to a range of interior décor styles, including Modern Farmhouse, Modern Minimalist, Transitionalist, Scandinavian, and Maximalist. Thanks to advancements in manufacturing technology, especially CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machinery, creating new and exciting patterns has become faster and more efficient compared to traditional fiberglass, acrylic, and cultured stone panels.

Design trends are constantly evolving, and so should your bathroom's aesthetics. In this article, we’ll explore six new laminate wall panel patterns suitable for various design styles, from bold Maximalist to calming Scandinavian, and everything in between.

Maximalist Design: Embrace the Bold

Maximalism is characterized by its bold, daring, and eclectic nature. It’s visually dynamic and doesn’t shy away from eye-popping colors and unique personal expressions.

Characteristics of Maximalist Bathroom Design:

  • Bold and daring
  • Reflects personality and uniqueness
  • Visually dynamic and eclectic
  • Can be dark, moody, and sexy
  • Unapologetically emotional

For those who are ready to embrace boldness, the new 'Charcoal Gray' and 'Smokey Blue Stacked Subway' shower panels are excellent choices for adding a fun, fearless touch to your bathroom.


Charcoal Gray

Shower Wall Panel Patterns: Maximalist, Transitionalist, and Scandinavian Designs

Smokey Blue Stacked Subway Tile

For practical ideas on achieving a Maximalist design, watch Nick Lewis’s video, "How to Decorate Maximalism | Is This the End of Minimalism?" which offers insightful tips and inspiration.

Tips for Maximalist Bathroom Design:

  • Use bold designs as focal points
  • Harmonize diverse details
  • Incorporate unique, vintage pieces
  • Repeat bold colors in multiple places
  • Avoid clutter

Transitionalist Design: The Middle Ground

Transitionalist design strikes a balance between traditional and modern styles, often described as a middle-of-the-road approach. It's versatile, constantly evolving, and widely popular, especially for those who find Maximalism too extreme.

Characteristics of Transitionalist Bathroom Design:

  • Blends traditional and modern elements
  • Neutral color palette with occasional pops of color
  • Shaker vanity cabinets are common
  • Combines different styles harmoniously
  • Popular in hotel designs for its broad appeal

Two new panel patterns, 'Black Marble' and 'Grey Stone Marble,' cater to the Transitionalist aesthetic, offering timeless appeal with their classic marble designs.


Black Marble 24×24


Grey Stone

For more ideas on creating a Transitionalist bathroom, check out Olga Gomes’s video from OG Design Studio, "Timeless Bathroom Design Styles."

Tips for Transitionalist Bathroom Design:

  • Balance traditional elements with modern touches
  • Prefer neutral colors but include pops of color
  • Look to hotel bathrooms for inspiration
  • Mix matte and gloss finishes
  • Use Shaker vanity cabinets and simple moldings


Scandinavian Design: Warm and Cozy

Scandinavian design, popularized by IKEA, focuses on creating light, airy, and cozy spaces. It’s known for its simplicity, functionality, and use of a cohesive color palette.

Characteristics of Scandinavian Bathroom Design:

  • Light, airy, and warm
  • Neutral colors like beiges and whites
  • Clean lines and simple cabinetry
  • Light wood or wood-look flooring
  • Functional and minimalist

New patterns like 'Light Wood' and 'Moonstone' are perfect for achieving a Scandinavian look, offering a serene and spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom.


Light Wood



To dive deeper into Scandinavian design, watch Nick Lewis’s video, "How to Decorate Scandinavian."

Tips for Scandinavian Bathroom Design:

  • Minimize color variety
  • Maximize natural light
  • Use plants for a touch of color
  • Opt for simple, clean-lined cabinetry
  • Choose light-colored flooring

Finding Your Style

Selecting the right design for your bathroom can be overwhelming. Here are three recommendations to help you navigate the process:

  1. Experiment with a Bathroom Visualizer:
    Test different looks before committing.
  2. Consult a Specialist:
    Contact bathroom specialists for personalized advice and product recommendations.
  3. Seek Local Expertise:
    Ask for referrals to local contractors for tailored solutions and quotes.

For more information and inspiration, you can read the full article by Mike Foti, President of Innovate Building Solutions, here.

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Company: Innovate Building Solutions

Product: Shower Replacement Kits - Complete with Base, Walls & Door




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