10 Ways to Design a Better Bathroom with Wallpaper
Make the most out of your bathroom with bright colors and fun shapes
1 of 10Courtesy of Chasing Paper
, $40 for one 2’ X 4’ panel
Prep walls before hanging coverings by vacuuming the entire surface and wiping away any toothpaste splatters and water stains. After you remove all the switchplates, nails, and mirrors, sand the walls to create a super-smooth canvas. Although intricate patterns like this jewel-toned stunner can be more forgiving, the paper will last longer and look better when you start with a good foundation.
2 of 10Courtesy of Pottery Barn
Another Day in Paradise
, $98 for a 20.5” X 11 yds roll
Palm leaves create a transportive experience that sends you straight into vacation mode. It’s almost like you’re chilling in an outdoor shower. Plus, if your walls are a little crooked, a busy pattern, such as this Tropical Jungle design, will help offset the discrepancy.
3 of 10Courtesy of Spoonflower; wallpaper artwork by andrea_lauren
, $60 for a 2’ X 12’ roll
Sweeten up a kids’ bathroom with this playful Ice Cream Cone Summer print. Since wallpaper and splash zones do not mix well, you can lend the wall covering some protection by sealing it with . Pros swear by it.
4 of 10Courtesy of Burke Decor
, $270 for a 27” X 27’ roll
Geometric prints are here to stay—especially when applied in a snazzy metallic shade. Pair the Dotted Trellis number with other brass accents to help amplify light in a windowless room.
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Courtesy of Burke Decor
, $100 for two 20.5” X 33’ rolls
Spacious bathrooms can handle two different wallpapers. Nail the mix-and-match look with one dominant floral pattern and a textured solid style in the same color family. Make sure any delicate, non-vinyl wallpaper is hung a bit away from the shower and in a room with plenty of ventilation, so it doesn’t get moldy or start peeling due to the humidity.
6 of 10Courtesy of Anthropologie
, $148 for one 33’ X 21” roll
Pastel hues give a bathroom a blissful spa feel, but can skew a little cutesy. This Tiled Moonscape pattern, on the other hand, has a gold-tinged etching that makes the wallpaper resemble a pretty tile and elevates the whole space.
7 of 10Courtesy of Graham & Brown
, $120 for a 20.47” X 32.80’ roll
A bare-bones powder room can turn into a statement-making space with this Kingdom Lion wallpaper applied everywhere—yes, even the ceiling. While some fear a dark, busy pattern will only make a small area appear tinier, in truth, it can give definition to an otherwise ho-hum room. Plus, safari animals are just quirky enough to not go out of style.
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Courtesy of Genevieve Gorder for Tempaper
Black and Metallic Gold
, $125 for a 27” X 9 yds roll
The New York Toile gold wallpaper will make your bathroom look like it’s straight out of a fancy restaurant or hotel. Since humid showers can wear on traditional styles, save splurgy coverings for powder rooms.
9 of 10Courtesy of Wallpaperie
Under the Sea
, $45 for a 5-foot roll
What better place to play up the maritime theme than in your bathroom? While anchors, boats, and stripes will all work, octopuses are so much cuter. Keep the rest of the decor simple to let the wallpaper stand out.
10 of 10Courtesy of Quadro Style
, $49.95 for a 24” X 48” roll
Here’s a novel idea: Use your peel-and-stick wallpaper to dress up your bathroom floor. Quadrostyle’s Italian Chiave paper is thin yet durable, made with a similar material used for outdoor signs. It can handle some foot traffic.