Wallpaper In Your Bathroom: Yay or Nay?

If you’re looking for ideas for updating your bathroom, chances are you have come across wallpaper as a suggestion to bring a modern look to your space or to spruce up the room. Many overlook this possibility because they believe wallpaper is not intended for a humid environment, but that’s not always the case!

Don’t want to give up your favorite wallpaper pattern yet? This post explains everything you need to know about updating your bathroom with wallpaper, so you can decide whether it fits your needs.


While adding a coat of paint seems like the simplest solution, you shouldn’t overlook the wallpaper. When you’re worried about longevity, remember that adequately installed wallpaper can last longer than paint in high-traffic areas of your home (like the bathroom that people use every day). 

Choose the one designed for humidity when shopping for wallpaper to spruce up your bathroom. This type of wallpaper is usually made of vinyl or fiberglass yarn, which resists moisture. 

patterned wallpaper in bathroom
Photo Source: Hygge And West

Plenty of patterns available

The bathroom isn’t only a space designed for pure functionality. Homeowners want to create a stylish space that resonates with their interior style. This is where wallpaper comes in as an easy way to update the bathroom, while providing more creative choice than just a coat of paint.

With so many colors and patterns, you can customize your bathroom and add personality. No matter how small or big your bathroom is, an intriguing pattern makes a bold statement. A unique floral wallpaper ideally complements a vintage bathroom cabinet, whereas simple textures elevate modern designs. A bold damask pattern adds elegance and luxury to the space. 

black and white leaf print patterned wallpaper in bathroom with white cabinet and gold accents
Photo Source: Nicki Pasqualone

Peel and stick options

If working with paste seems challenging, there are peel-and-stick options available. With being easy to remove, these are ideal for renters or people who update their bathrooms often. All you need to do is remove the paper backing and apply the wallpaper, ensuring you smooth out all the air pockets as you go. 

Possible drawbacks of using wallpaper in the bathroom

We already mentioned that waterproof or moisture-resistant wallpaper could cost more than paint. However, it offers excellent value thanks to its longevity and style. The most important thing is to ensure that you take the time to install the wallpaper correctly, so you can avoid issues like peeling or cracking in the future. The damage reparation can be time consuming and expensive, so it’s better for you to take extra care during installation, rather than having to return to fix problems later.

Proper installation would include things like prepping/cleaning the surface properly before attempting to apply the new wallpaper, as well as ensuring you have to proper tools to smooth out air pockets as you apply the wallpaper.

multicolored assorted shapes on bathroom wallpaper with black cabinets and gold mirror
Photo Source: Kate Zaremba
beige textured wallpaper surrounding bathroom vanity with gold and black accents
Photo Source: MBC Interior Design
bathroom with bright green tropical leaf wallpaper, small dark wood vanity and gold mirror
Photo Source: House Of Bohn
bathroom with turquoise and white wave wallpaper, pink bathtub, leopard print accents, white wooden window shutters
Photo Source: House Lust
dark floral wallpaper on walls and ceiling surrounding dark bathroom vanity with black mirror
Photo Source: Nesting With Grace
bright blue patterned wallpaper in all white bathroom
Photo Source: Mackenzie Horan
light floral wallpaper surrounding white subway tiles in bathroom
Photo Source: I Spy DIY
navy and white spotted wallpaper in bathroom with gold accents, white marble vanity counter
Photo Source: Taylor Hill

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