Wallpaper in the bathroom? Yes you can!

Wallpaper is a great way to express yourself via your walls. With many easy to install (and remove) wallpapers on the market now, wallpaper in the bathroom is becoming more and more popular. More than color, wallpaper tells a story, sets a mood and creates a welcoming space.

 {This powder room wallpaper strikes a bit of fun against the traditional fixtures. Image from  Cute and Company .}

{This powder room wallpaper strikes a bit of fun against the traditional fixtures. Image from Cute and Company.}

Whether you’re considering adding interest to a often-used powder room or creating a private oasis in your master bathroom, wallpaper in the bathroom is a great option to consider. What about the water? The humidity? The toothpaste? Luckily there are papers to help combat those water-related concerns.

Key words to look for when searching for a wallpaper for your bathroom (or other water-related or heavily used spaces, like kitchens, laundry rooms or kids’  spaces – they are the toothpaste culprits!) are washable and water and mildew-resistant.

I’ve also heard it recommended to put a layer or two of clear acrylic varnish on the walls over the wallpapers in high moisture spaces. This can help preserve the paper without changing its look.

 {This happy paper makes for a sunny bath! Image from styleindesigns.com.}

{This happy paper makes for a sunny bath! Image from styleindesigns.com.}

Here’s a breakdown on the types of wallpaper you have to choose from and how they will perform in wet or high use spaces (from ehow.com)

Solid vinyl – a general-purpose wallpaper that comes in a different patterns and colors. Like the name implies, it is made completely of vinyl, which makes it mildew- and moisture-resistant. Solid-vinyl wallpaper has a self-adhesive backing, which means that you just need to wet it down with water. Then, you can apply it to any surface.  You can use solid vinyl in high-traffic areas like children’s rooms, bathrooms and kitchens. You can also clean this wallpaper.

Common wallpaper – this isn’t as common as it used to be, but it is still available. This type of wallpaper comes in a variety of patterns and colors. Common wallpaper is similar to vinyl wallpaper, except that it is not self-adhesive. You have to buy glue to hang it. It also tends to be harder to smooth out than vinyl wallpaper since the glue can cause it to stick together. You can, however, use common wallpaper in nearly any room. Look for one with some type of laminate coating to ensure that it can take the humidity of the bathroom. Also, some of these wallpapers are also mildew-resistant. 

Vinyl-coated – unlike the solid vinyl wallpaper, this wallpaper simply has a protective coating, which is made of either acrylic vinyl or polyvinyl chloride. Under the coating, the actual wallpaper is made of paper. Its humidity resistance is similar to solid-vinyl wallpaper. You can also clean and scrub this wallpaper without fear of tearing. This wallpaper is self-adhesive, and it is easy to hang. It can go in nearly any type of high-traffic area, including the kitchen, den, children’s bedrooms and bathrooms.

 {The geometric pattern on the bathroom wallpaper is timeless!}

{The geometric pattern on the bathroom wallpaper is timeless!}

Unless you have experience hanging your own wallpaper I highly recommend bringing in a professional wallpaper installer to ensure a perfect hang (and less headache for you!).

To ensure you get the right type of paper for your bathroom, ask yourself these questions, below, from Lowes. After you have the right type of paper you can have fun selecting a pattern that reflects you and the room you are decorating!

Is the wallpaper:

• Stain-resistant? Good for kitchens, hallways and children’s rooms

• Scrubbable? Good for children’s rooms and hallways

• Moisture-resistant? Good for bathrooms.

• Prepasted? No paste needed. Just water.

• Self-adhesive? No supplies needed for preparation.

• Removable or strippable? Good for when you change your mind.

• Textured? Hides ugly wall imperfections.

Are you considering using wallpaper in your bathroom? Or, have you already done so with great success? Please share your wallpaper story below.

Happy decorating!

April Pardoe