Decorating your bathroom is one of the most important design jobs you'll ever have in your home. It may not seem that way at first, but who wants to spend time in a bathroom that's completely sterile and functional? Both are good things for a bathroom to be, but if that's all they are, then we miss out on all of the possibilities of what they can be - a rustic escape from your modern decor, or your own personal spa retreat.
Whatever the vision for your ideal powder room may be, there's any number of beautiful upgrades that you can use to create the look that you're craving, but without a doubt, one of the best tools at your decorating disposal is wallpaper.
How to Use Your Wallpaper
Wallpaper has long since begun enjoying a comeback on the interior design stage, and while we may be more used to thinking about it as a design element in our bedrooms and living rooms, there's plenty of great ways to use wallpaper in our bathrooms as well.
The same rules apply in wallpapering a bathroom as in any other room - you can cover the whole room or just one wall (an accent wall) that will be the focal point of the whole space. Either option works, but in a bathroom, there are a few reasons why you might want to go smaller on with wallpaper than in other spaces.
Bathroom wallpaper can cause problems since the moisture and humidity might cause it to peel off.
Even with the greatly improved wallpaper adhesives available on wall coverings today, the conditions that exist in every bathroom can have an effect on the adhesive over time.
At the same time, a bathroom is the perfect room to experiment with bold color, splashy finishes, and large prints.
- If you have a separate toilet room or stall out of the main area of the bathroom, use wallpaper in this small area.
- If your home has a jack-and-jill bathroom, install wallpaper in the areas that are outside of the shower and bath space.
- Use beautiful bathroom wallpaper for extra punch in a small powder room or half-bath. These small areas won't have a shower or bathtub which will steam up the space.
- For a special custom touch in any bathroom, consider a wallpaper border below the ceiling or around a mirror, window, or door.
If you're thinking of putting wallpaper in your bathroom, check with the guidelines of the paper and adhesive you're considering. Read the installation instructions, prepare the walls carefully, and go for it. Wallpaper in a bathroom makes a very special little room.