The 6 Most Common Types of Wall Panels

The benefits of choosing the right type of wall panels when considering a remodel or new construction project can vary depending on the material selected.

Wall panels can be used in various applications whether the space is a high traffic kitchen, a bathroom, shower or any space that is susceptible to mould and mildew growth or water contact. The right material can send a message to guests or customers and enhance a space to promote the look and feel of your business or home.

The decision can be a difficult one as there are many factors to consider when making a choice, but the information herein will assist any consumer make an informed conclusion.

PVC Wet Wall Panels

pvc wet wall panels

When it comes to our homes, many people look to remodel or construct a space so that it will bring their personality and vision to the forefront of the project. To do this, many look to the latest interior design trends and PVC wet walls are an excellent option to do just that.

Made of PVC material, these panels come in many different patterns and designs and are becoming a preferred option when compared to tile or paint. The most popular location in the home these are used is the bathroom, but these panels can also be used in wet rooms or in kitchens.

The material is durable and offers the homeowner an easy-to-clean surface that is more hygienic than other materials as it is mildew resistant and can prevent the growth of bacteria.

In a busy kitchen environment, these are ideal as they are completely water-resistant, highly reliable and easy to keep clean. With a variety of colours, patterns and styles to accentuate your home, this material has a lot of upsides.

Glass Wall Panels
glass wall panels

This type is one of the more expensive materials to choose from. The return on this expense is that it can be beneficial for resale or can evoke a spa-like feel for the homeowner.

Glass panelling can enhance a smaller space so that it feels so much bigger.

Another on-trend material, this type of panelling can be customized for thickness and can be clear, low iron, bronze grey or frosted to provide privacy. Maintenance on this material is minimal and provides the homeowner with an easy to navigate experience when cleaning.



A relatively new product to the Australian market, having been introduced in 2016, spapanel is made from marine-grade plywood with a laminate finish applied that can be an attractive departure from traditional tile or paint.

This material is a grout-free option that uses hydro-lock technology to produce a waterproof seal that does not contain a porous surface for mould grow on.

Boasting a 15-year warranty, spapanel is an attractive option as it is easy to install and can be suitable for a new build or refurbishment of any space. With many attractive patterns, designs and finishes to choose from, you are sure to find an option that will enhance your space.

Acrylic Wall Panels

acrylic wall panels

Installing an acrylic brittle splashback in your shower is an attractive alternative to tile or paint and provides many benefits.

  • A grout-free material.
  • Mark and stain resistant.
  • Easy to maintain surface when compared to more traditional choices.
  • This material is also ideal for the do-it-yourself approach as it can fit over existing tiles and is lightweight.

With so many colours to choose from, there is no shortage of variety to ensure your space is upgraded to promote the look and feel of your home.

Installation for this option can be costly because of the material’s brittle failure. This means the plastic can crack without bending much, making installation a very delicate process.

Quartz Wall Panels

quartz wall panels

This material offers a sleek and minimalist design. Its versatile design offers homeowners lots of options when looking to enhance their bathroom.

Its versatility comes from the fact that it can look like other materials, but still keep the physical attributes of quartz.

The material comes in a variety of patterns, finishes and colours. A non-porous surface does not allow mould and mildew to gain a foothold for growth, thereby making maintenance and upkeep minimal.

A heavy material and with expense fluctuating between vertical or horizontal slabs, this can be costly to install and brings with it a chemical sensibility that can damage the material if not adhered to when cleaning the surface.

3mm Melamine (Lamipanel/Aquapanel) Wall Panels

3mm melamine wall panels

This material can be used in humid areas like bathrooms and kitchens and, while water-resistant, one should avoid getting this organic material wet.

Melamine Wall panels offers a variety of colours to choose from, but the material can be unsightly and tends to be weak.

This is definitely a cost-effective option for a do-it-yourself project or when a budget is tight. If one is looking to stay on-trend, then they will want to look elsewhere as this material is becoming less attractive when compared to other options.

Mr Wet Wall Australia brings expert installation and the knowledge to complete any project one can dream up. Our panels are the single most cost-effective, easy-to-install alternative to tiles.