How to Add Personality to a Fibreglass Shower Surround
The fibreglass shower surround; the ‘go-to’ affordable choice for new homes, renovations and bathroom remodels. And while it has been kickin’ it in the loo for many decades – it definitely has NOT won any design awards in that time.
Why is it so popular? Well, it’s affordable, fresh and sanitary looking and easy to clean (compared to grout). o what’s the problem? Regardless of the model you buy, it is considered ‘builder basic’ in the decorating world and usually needs other decorative items in the room to compensate for the fact that it has NO personality.
So, what do you do? You add tile above and/or around your fibreglass surround. That’s right. Rather than having plain old drywall surrounding your plain old fibreglass, choose a tile that complements your bathroom countertop and flooring.
Why is this whole tile idea so awesome?
- It’s affordable. Because the square footage is at a minimum, the product/install will be as well
- HUGE bang for buck visually
- It gives the bathroom personality
- It’s a great visual connection to the other solid surfaces in the bathroom
Also, aside from adding some interest to your boring old fibreglass surround, if you have a bathroom layout that allows you to see the shower/tub area from the doorway, it will look like the entire shower area is tiled when you have the shower curtain closed.
So there you have it, my friends – some ideas to update your fibreglass surround that you thought would NEVER look good.
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Hmmm, I like these ideas! I see a glamped up bathroom coming my way with not a lot of work – if only I can convince the big guy 😉
Hi again Kylie. thanks so much for the shower tile tips. this is exactly what I did for both bathrooms. We installed a tiny corner shower in our en-suite (to convert 2pc into 3 pc). We put neutral tile down sides and around top. It really finished it off. Might go for the beadboard per your picture in the ensuite when we get the master bedroom painted. I really like that look. I also put border of mosaic tiles around top and down outside rim of the new fibreglass tub. ALso put in behind the counter. still like it after 4 years. I love getting your emails. thanks.. Marina Jones, Summerland
These are the best ideas I have seen on Pinterest for fiberglass showers! Thank you so much for sharing them!
Thank you Cathy! I’m glad you found them helpful 🙂