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5 budget acrylic splashback ideas to add some wow to your bathroom

Published on: 06/06/2024

Budget acrylic splashback ideas are a great way to make a feature of your bathroom, and give your bath, shower, utility, and dog wash station a luxurious, on-trend look, without having to dip too far into your savings.

Even if you don't have the biggest bathroom, these striking acrylic splashback ideas can go a long way to changing the look and feel of your space and they don't have to cost a fortune either.

First though, let's recap on why acrylic bathroom splashbacks (also known as Perspex® splashbacks) are such an ideal alternative to glass, mirror, traditional tiling and metal cladding for DIY and commercial bathroom design projects.

Why choose an acrylic bathroom splashback?

Cast acrylic sheets are lightweight, strong, durable, easy to clean and most importantly, water-resistant.

At Simply Plastics we supply acrylic splashbacks in a virtually limitless range of colours, finishes and textures. We even provide custom colour matching and a free cut to size service to help you unleash your creativity and bring bespoke interior design ideas to life.

Home DIY’ers (and anyone looking to fit-out or renovate a bathroom), get excited. Acrylic splashbacks also minimize dreaded grout upkeep. In fact, large format acrylic panels used to line shower walls and act as a single or solid surface slab splashback are the go-to grout-less option for reducing upkeep.

Andrew Haydon at Simply Plastics says, “Sometimes, bathroom walls need more than a lick of paint to update the look. Instead of pricey tiles, budget-conscious renovators are opting for wall panels as a cost-effective alternative. As Acrylic splashbacks are 100% waterproof, they can be used wall-to-wall to totally transform your bathroom, or within splash zones such as behind your sink, within your shower enclosure, or around your dog wash station. And, because our splashbacks come cut to size, you can even give fitting a go yourself.”

Hottest bathroom splashback hacks

Now time for the good stuff! Let’s dive into some of the hottest bathroom trends according to Women & Home’s Lifestyle Editor Tamara Kelly and share Acrylic splashback hacks to help you get them on a budget!

1. Spa-Like Design

Top bathroom designers are adding Mother of Pearl mosaics to bathrooms and pairing with neutral tones to create a luxurious spa-like feel.

Get the look on a budget by opting for Perspex® Pearlescent Coloured Cast Acrylic Sheet instead of tiles. Choose from a collection of five elegant colours infused with a delicate pearlescent finish. The material contains metallic flakes that create a shimmering effect as light reflects against them at different angles.

Pearl Bathroom Mosaics

2. Copper

Copper and aged brass were the ultimate in 1960s and 1970s interior décor, and they're seeing a revival as the metallic aesthetic is reinvented for modern bathrooms.

Lucky for budget conscious DIY’ers and trades, this luxurious look doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Achieve the metallic look with Perspex® Bronze/Grey Tinted Cast Acrylic Sheet available in bronze and grey tints in various thicknesses. Or, Perspex® Metallic Cast Acrylic Sheet, a premium cast acrylic sheet with a metallic finish available in gold and silver.

Copper Bathroom Splashback Trends

3. Quiet Luxury

Modern, contemporary design styles with paired back matt shades are still going strong in bathrooms. Coined as ‘Quiet Luxury’, this look focuses on granite, stone, and concrete to achieve the simple, clean finish.

A great solution for minimising expense without compromising on the aesthetic of this design is the Perspex® Naturals (Matte Effect) Cast Acrylic Sheet range. Inspired by nature, the colour palette includes six shades of earthy tones. The naturals range is produced with a textured matte finish, luxurious and smooth to the touch.

Bathroom Splashback Matte Finish Trends

4. Wallpaper

The bathroom wallpaper trend has been popular for a while now as a budget-friendly way to incorporate statement colours and patterns into bathroom, shower room, and utility room design. The question is, how do you waterproof bathroom wallpaper and reduce upkeep costs? Many experts recommend applying decorators’ varnish. At Simply Plastics we also suggest fitting a clear large-format acrylic splash panel to add extra protection against water damage, stains, and mould.

Protect your bathroom wallpaper with Clear Cast Acrylic Sheet or Perspex® Glass "Look" Cast Acrylic Sheet for the look of real glass with the low cost and high performance of acrylic.

Bathroom Wallpaper Splashback Trends

5. Mirrored

From clear to smokey vintage, there’s so much to love about a bathroom that’s fitted with large-format mirrored glass. But how to achieve this atmospheric, space-boosting look without breaking the bank?

Get ready to jump for joy! The mirrored look doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Acrylic Mirror Sheet is versatile, economical, and available to order in cut to size, bathroom friendly panels. Available in traditional sliver and highly reflective bronze and gold mirror finish for a luxurious aesthetic.

Mirrored acrylic bathroom splashback panels also have an impact resistance 10 times greater than equivalent glass mirror and are a lightweight material that’s easy and safe to handle, work and install.

Mirrored Perspex Shower Splashback

Why choose Simply Plastics for Acrylic bathroom splashbacks?

We are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of plastic materials and products, with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, making us a great choice if you’re considering acrylic splashbacks for your bathroom, shower room, utility or dog wash station. As our Trust Pilot Reviews demonstrate, we pride ourselves not just on meeting our customers’ requirements – but on exceeding their expectations.

We make ordering Acrylic Sheet and accessories incredibly easy. Our free cut to size service enables you to purchase bathroom splashback panels at the dimensions you require without having to purchase the manufactured sheet size, normally 3m x 2m. This is not only convenient but reduces waste material, keeping your bathroom refurb costs down.

Bespoke bathroom design? Our fabrication services include drilled holes, rounded corners, CNC Laser Cutting, edge polishing and more.

Related FAQs

Splashbacks can be fitted using non solvent based adhesive, double sided tape or screws. Adhesive and tape are more commonly used but if the chosen material is transparent then screws are the only option as the adhesive may be visible through the material. Suitable tapes and adhesives can be found in our accessories page. If using screws you can select drill holes when placing you order.

Yes we can. Customised, cut-to-size materials can be ordered directly through the website, but if you require further fabrication we can help you with this too.

Our fabrication services include,

  • CNC routing
  • Bending
  • Shaping
  • Bonding/gluing
  • Diamond polishing
  • Flame polishing
  • Intricate laser cutting

Examples of fabricated products include,

  • Acrylic display cases
  • Point of sale 
  • Retail display
  • Lighting applications
  • Brochure holders
  • 2D/3D Acrylic lettering
  • Furniture
  • Office Interiors

For enquiries regarding any project from prototypes to large production runs, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Yes, of course. Orders can be collected from our premises in Colchester, Essex. At the final stage of the checkout process there is a delivery option labelled "Collection/pickup" which is free. Once your order is complete, you will be notified by email along with our address and collection times.