Is it possible to add wallpaper to the bathroom?

Wallpaper has sometimes been dismissed as an out-of-style trend, but it has remained a popular way to add pizazz to a room. An interesting pattern can help highlight a room more than a simple coat of paint, and wallpaper is also one way to create an accent wall.

While this method is suitable for most rooms in the home, it might not seem like the best choice for a bathroom. After all, this room gets much more moisture than a bedroom or dining room. But it is still feasible to wallpaper a bathroom to help transform this space.

Humidity is indeed a special concern if you would like to try out wallpaper in a bathroom. The steam from a hot shower might cause wallpaper to peel. Improving the ventilation in a bathroom can help alleviate this problem, but you'll still need to be aware of how the extra moisture can cause problems.

Thankfully, certain types of wallpaper are designed with humidity in mind. Sara Tardiff, writing for Architectural Digest, says vinyl-coated wallpapers provide a waterproof surface which will resist damp conditions. This wallpaper can not only be installed in the bathroom, it can even be used to line a shower stall. Walls Republic, a wall covering supplier, says this type of wallpaper is also durable enough to be washed or scrubbed.

Mica wallpaper is another good option for the bathroom. These stone chips create an interesting texture, and will also reflect light to give your walls a glittering look. Adding a coat of varnish can give this wallpaper some added waterproofing.

Grasscloth can also be a good choice. This woven wall covering offers natural beauty and texture. However, you'll want to make sure you have adequate ventilation and keep the grasscloth away from areas where water is likely to splash around, since the material is absorbent.

Homeowners can try different arrangements of wallpaper to see what works best for them. Coral Nafie, writing for the home design site The Spruce, says wallpaper might work well in a toilet stall set aside from the rest of the bathroom, the common area of a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, or in a half bathroom with no shower or bathtub. Walls Republic says bathrooms are good places to experiment with wallpaper, since it's a small space and infrequently used.

A bold color or pattern can be an impressive feature, while other designs can create a more relaxing atmosphere or give the illusion that the room is bigger than it actually is. Dark colors may make a small bathroom feel even smaller, but can also add a luxurious touch to the room.

Make sure to prepare the walls properly before adding any covering. Marian Parsons, writing for HGTV, says you should remove any light fixtures, outlet plates, or other items on the wall. Clean the wall to get rid of any dirt or debris, and put down a coat of wallpaper primer.

You'll also want to carefully measure the wallpaper and leave about an inch of extra room to ensure that each piece of paper can adequately cover the wall. Smooth out the paper after each piece is placed to avoid wrinkles or bubbles. This process can be much easier with two people, especially if you are working in a room with high ceilings.


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