• November 22, 2011

Wallpaper in the Bathroom

Add pattern and color to a white bathroom

Bathrooms, Inspiration,

Image from Pinterest

Lately, I have been strangely drawn to wallpaper, which is crazy because I know from personal experience just how difficult it is to remove.

Image from Apartment Therapy

I am the same person who adamantly hated wallpaper and swore I would never do that to our beautiful plaster walls. Well, never say never…

I am considering indulging my wallpaper lust, but starting small by hanging it in our tiny powder room.

Our power room is in the midst of getting a few updates. We recently purchased an Ann sink from IKEA. It is about the only sink that I could find that fit our requirements of being affordable and small enough to work in the space. We also tiled behind the sink to prevent problems with water splashing onto the walls.

And I am considering the Mme. Jeanne wallpaper from Grow House Grow. The pattern is loosely based on mollusk scallop shells. I like how it mimics the round shape of the sink.

Hmmmmm…will I regret this? It isn’t as easy as painting over the walls if I change my mind.

Comments { 7 }
  1. Erin

    No do it! I am a huge fan of wallpaper in old homes. There are so many amazing wallpaper companies now. I saw this laundry room on design sponge that was like emerald green with black white and gold (yes gold) pagoda/asian style, with white wainscotting and a little chandelier and love it! I think small spaces like bathrooms, laundry rooms, office, are great places to get super playful with wallpaper especially when it’s broken up on some sort of molding or tile. Do it!

  2. Ann

    I’m told, and sure hope I’m right, that if the wall is prepared correctly it’s easy to remove. I had mine done professionally so I can only assume it was.

  3. Katherine

    We have a “powder room” that’s about the size of a postage stamp and I’ve been thinking about doing this same thing. I wallpapered our stair risers and I’ve got a lot left over but I don’t know if that would be in poor taste to use the same wallpaper in two places?

  4. Dan

    Just got done, this morning, removing wallpaper from our own 1908 bungalow. It had been installed in 2005. I’ll offer a couple thoughts. Make sure your bathroom has adequate ventilation AND your walls are prepped well. The paper on the walls we inherited had to be removed because it was beginning to shrink at the seams and come off the wall. (too many steamy showers, I suppose). Some papers may be better to use than others. Not sure. Best of luck and post what you learn!

    • Heather

      Truth be told, I chickened out and decided against wallpaper in our powder room. Although, I think wallpaper in a powder room would not have the same type of shrinking issues as you described because there is no shower.

      We painted the powder room the same light soft blue-gray color as our upstairs bathroom. It looked so pretty that I left it.

      • dan

        I think you’re right. No shower, no problems. If anyone does do wallpaper in a bathroom, I think you need to make sure it’s vinyl coated to keep it from absorbing moisture.

        Glad you’re happy with it. I’m leaning towards a painstaking but potentially rewarding stencil route. hmmm.

        • Susan

          Dan, did you do the stencil work? I’d bet the stencil would look beautiful. Way easier to cope with than wallpaper.

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