Wallpaper is one of those design choices that we somehow always forget to consider. It might make a huge design impact, but by and large, wallpaper is an unsung hero of the design world. It's probably all thanks to its outdated reputation for being sticky and difficult to apply.
But before you assume the worst of wallpaper, know that it's come a long way in recent years: the designs are much more modern and diverse, plus peel-and-stick varieties make the process much more streamlined. While you might feel intimidated by wallpapering your massive living room, there's a much smaller and easier place to start: your bathroom. Yes, your bathroom can be (and should be) chic too. With a little pop of print and color, wallpapers can transform the space into a mecca of cheerful design.
Not sure where to start on your wallpapering journey? We rounded up 16 of our favorites. From subtle faux tiling to bright and busy floral designs, here are our favorite ideas for adding wallpaper to your bathroom.
If you’re the kind of person who loves nothing more than mixed metals in your home decor, go for a metallic wallpaper print. The shiny material will look like you spent hours gold foiling a pattern onto the walls — but your guests don’t need to know its just a peel-and-stick wallpaper moment.
Be a Shapeshifter
When we typically think of wallpaper, it’s easy to imagine the overtly floral in-your-face designs from your grandmother’s house in the 1990s. But wallpaper has come so far in recent years. If you’re not all about the big and bold designs, fear not; it’s easy to find a design that’s just as simplistic and easy-going as your design style. We love the muted pink tones of this geometric design.
Outline a Vanity
Not all of us are lucky enough to have a vanity space in our bathrooms, but if you are, it’s the perfect area to wallpaper. This mix of the bamboo stool, white cabinetry and soft tan wallpaper creates a peaceful moment that’s exactly what you want from your morning makeup routine.
Go For Zen
Blue is an incredibly calming color, but instead of just painting your wall a soft shade of blue-gray, try incorporating a robin's egg blue-hued wallpaper that gives you a little oomf. Coordinate with minimal accessories and a few live plants, and there’s almost nothing quite as soothing. Welcome to zen.
If your bathroom decor is otherwise black and white, we love incorporating a pop of color in the form of unexpected wallpaper. This one adds maximum style with minimal effort, given that the wallpaper only covers the top third of the wall and it’s made with peel-and-stick technology for easier application.
Whereas paint can instantly upgrade a room with color, wallpaper has the ability to add so much texture, whether that’s fake wood or a silky floral. Here, the blue tiling looks like it took days to lay out and adhere to the wall — but, no no, it’s just a 2D wallpaper design that can be installed in hours.
Find Your Chill
For many people, bathrooms are more than just a place to wash off and get ready for the day. For some, it’s a place of total relaxation. And if you have a gorgeous bathtub (AKA the perfect place for said relaxation), you might as well frame the space with wallpaper that incorporates a spa-like print.
Choose Water-Resistant Tiles
Why yes, it is possible to have water-resistant tiling without the outrageous cost of tiling your entire bathroom from floor to ceiling. This farmhouse tiled print is water resistant so you can rest safe knowing that it’ll hold up when you inevitably splash a little water here and there.
Cover Countertops Too
Luxury doesn’t always come with a high price tag. If you’re looking to ball on a budget in your bathroom, it’s a three step process. First, cover your countertops with marble contact paper for a shiny new surface. Second, switch out the lighting fixtures for chandeliers and sconces that look much more expensive. And finally, go for scalloped wallpaper treatment that looks like something you might find in an upscale restaurant.
Create a Greenhouse
The unfortunate reality is that most bathrooms don’t get a lot of natural light. This means that while you run less of a chance of flashing your neighbors, it’s harder to grow or maintain any plants. That’s where plant-themed wallpaper comes to play. No need to water these leaves — they’ll always stay green and healthy.