Bathroom Wallpaper Decorating Ideas


Bathroom wallpaper comes in various colors and is an affordable way to update your space. When making your wallpaper selection, consider the existing design and style of your room. Bathrooms attract moisture and humidity, so it's important to find a wallpaper that will withstand these conditions. With so many patterns and designs to choose from, pick up samples to help you with your decision.

The Basics

  • Bathroom wallpaper is available in a range of designs and colors. If you have a small bathroom, try wallpapering one wall while keeping the remaining walls neutral. The easiest wallpaper to install is the self-adhesive kind. It's virtually mess-free and only requires water. You simply moisten the back of the wallpaper with water, apply it to the wall, and let it dry. Remember to allow enough time before installing any bathroom accessories such as mirrors or pictures.

Wallpaper Ideas

  • Typically bathrooms are one of the smallest rooms in your house but a room where you can experiment with bold colors like red and orange. Try wallpapering the largest wall in your bathroom with your favorite pattern or design. Geometric shapes and stripes will enhance the design of your bathroom. If you have a separate room for your toilet, consider wallpapering this room only.

    For a neutral bathroom, use light-colored wallpaper like cream or beige. These colors work well to open up a space. They also coordinate with most bathroom fixtures and accessories.

    If you have a large or even small ceiling in your bathroom and you want a unique look, install wallpaper on the ceiling. You'll need to remove all light fixtures as well as disconnecting the electricity before you begin. Consider a bright pattern to draw our eye up to the ceiling. Keep the rest of the walls neutral and free of color, especially if you choose a bright bold pattern.

    Faux-style wallpaper, which creates the look of marble, is another option. It comes in a large range of colors and is very forgiving so you don't have to be perfect when it comes to matching up the seams. If you have any open book shelves or vanity, consider installing wallpaper behind the cabinets. Your bathroom products will stand out nicely against this design.


  • Always measure your bathroom before you begin your project. Knowing the exact dimensions will ensure you have enough wallpaper and will help you plan your design. Using a level for accuracy helps with matching up patterns within the wallpaper. Also, make sure you allow the wallpaper to dry at least 24 hours before use. When wallpapering a ceiling, make sure you have 1 to 2 inches of extra wallpaper on all sides to trim once it's dry.

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