In recent years, wallpaper has had a revival in interior design. From bold geometric prints to whimsical florals, papering the walls is a relatively quick and easy way to introduce a myriad of patterns and prints into your home.
However, wallpaper in the bathroom can be tricky to get right. From choosing the right type of wallpaper to alternative options, we’re here to help. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to wallpaper in your bathroom, and answered your questions below.
Is it a good idea to put wallpaper in the bathroom?
Wallpaper is often chosen when painting isn’t an option. If you have less-than-perfect plaster, it’s ideal for covering any blemishes or uneven surfaces.
While it can take a bit of skill to get right, wallpapering can be a quick and easy project. It’s a good alternative to tiling, particularly for those who are limited in time or want to avoid the hassle of putting up individual tiles. Equally, wallpaper can work well in homes with kids or pets, as many papers don’t easily scuff or mark.
In the bathroom, wallpaper has the potential to transform your space. From adding a hint of luxury or making a style statement, there’s plenty of opportunity to get creative!
What type of wallpaper should I choose for my bathroom?
When choosing your wallpaper, it’s important to look carefully at your chosen product. Your bathroom will usually be the most humid room in the house and steam from your bath or shower can cause havoc to your wallpaper. Bubbling, peeling and dampness can be common if you don’t pick the right type of paper.
Look for products that specifically say that they can be cleaned. Splash-proof or wipeable wallpaper is best, as these will be more resistant to the natural humidity of your bathroom. Try to avoid papers that say they are only ‘sponge clean,’ as these may not last long in your space.
Are there any downsides to wallpapering my bathroom?
As we mentioned above, wallpaper can be less resistant to water compared with paint or tiles. While the right type of wallpaper can help, very humid bathrooms or those without an extractor fan may still have difficulties.
It’s also worth thinking about where you want to put your bathroom wallpaper. If you plan to hang it directly above your bath, for example, you’ll need to think carefully about how to clean it. Spillages, soap scum and splashes may not be easy to remove, particularly if you don’t choose a heavy-duty vinyl paper.
Are there any alternatives to bathroom wallpaper?
If you’re looking for an alternative to tiling and using wallpaper in your bathroom doesn’t feel like the best fit, there are other options to choose from. For example, wall panels are often a great choice, as they are relatively quick and easy to install.
They’re also an excellent choice for those looking for an easy and hassle-free option in terms of usability. Wall panels tend to be very simple to clean and are completely waterproof too. They’re also an aesthetically pleasing choice and are well-suited to bathrooms of every design preference.
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