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Go Lightly with Bathroom Wallpaper

Use Wallpaper Sparingly in a Bathroom


Go Lightly with Bathroom Wallpaper

A pretty floral wallpaper coordinates with the paint in the main bath area.

Photo courtesy of Glenna Morton
Bathroom wallpaper can cause problems, since the moisture and humidity might cause the wallpaper to peel off. Many people are reluctant to put wallpaper in the bathroom. Even with the greatly improved wallpaper adhesives available on wall coverings today, it is a concern.

A bathroom is the perfect room to experiment with bold color, splashy finishes, and large prints. Using wallpaper isn't usually the best way to do it.

If you long for the look of a beautiful pattern or floral design in your bathroom, consider using wallpaper in smaller amounts.

  • If you have a separate toilet room or stall out of the main area of the bathroom, use wallpaper on this small area.
  • If your home has a jack-and-jill bathroom, install wallpaper on the areas that are outside of the shower and bath space.
  • Use beautiful bathroom wallpaper for extra punch in a small powder room or half-bath. These small areas won't have a shower or bathtub which will steam up the space.
  • For a special custom touch in any bathroom, consider a wallpaper border below the ceiling or around a mirror, window, or door.

If you're thinking of putting wallpaper in your bathroom, check with the guidelines of the paper and adhesive you're considering. Read the installation instructions, prepare the walls carefully, and go for it. Wallpaper in a bathroom makes a very special little room.

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