What is VJ Panel and Why Do Bathroom Designers Love It?
Now, choosing bathroom tiles can be quite a big job already, but choosing to do something different instead of the tiles like a VJ panel wall takes even more effort and planning when it comes to interior design. We are all familiar with the dilemma when we need to choose between a safe, more classic option and a unique different option.
The name VJ panelling has found its way into many bathrooms, and we absolutely love how this alternative design feature can transform a bathroom space. It is a popular DIY home improvement method that is loved by many home renovators and builders.
The name VJ comes from Vertical Joint and can mean also Tongue And Groove Panelling. It’s a ready-made wall panel that looks like vertical wallboards. If you don’t want to use tiles on every wall, VJ panels are a great way to add some interest and soften the bathroom look.
Although there are products in the market that are waterproof, you don’t use this type of cladding in wet areas like on a shower wall. You would use it on the opposite wall of the bathroom vanity where the grooves are extended towards the ceiling and create a fantastic feature wall. The great thing about this decorative wall panel is that because the lines move away from your eye level, they visually extend the height of the bathroom. It is a great tip for bathrooms with lower ceilings.
Another great way to incorporate the VJ look is to bring your floor tiles up to a certain height and then continue the wall with VJ panels.
By using VJ panels, you won’t have so many grout lines as you would have with wall tiles. One thing to keep in mind is that you can’t use this wall cladding on top of your existing bathroom tiles. The wall tiles need to be removed and the VJ sheets will be fixed either to the wall studs or to the concrete wall. Always use experienced tradespeople like a skilled gyprock person who will make sure that the panels are perfectly aligned, and the look is seamless.
Once you have the VJ wall panels on the wall, you can paint them in a colour that will work with your bathroom colour scheme.
The wallboards look is much softer and warmer compared to the all-tile wall and the decorative long lines can make a huge difference in a small bathroom.
It is always a good idea to play with different design solutions before you decide on the final look.