Can You Wallpaper Bathrooms?

Can You Wallpaper Bathrooms?

Can You Wallpaper Bathrooms?

Within interior design in general, wallpaper tends to go in and out of fashion (like everything really) but the question of wallpapering a bathroom is a classic, and one we regularly get asked.

That being said, it’s definitely being asked more at this point in time. For whatever reason more and more people are turning their attention back to wallpaper in the bathroom, and we can see why.

Endless options, varieties and styles mean it’s very tempting for anyone out there with a specific décor style in mind.

However, like most aspects of your bathroom, it will be a case of balancing style with cleanliness, function, and practicality.

So, let’s take a look at the realities of wallpaper in the bathroom.

Bathroom Wallpaper Pros

The biggest pro in favour of bathroom wallpaper is the simple fact that there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of styles to choose from out there.

If you’re searching for a change, looking to add some unusual colours to your bathroom, or want a very specific style, then wallpaper may be your best bet.

On top of that, with the likes of vinyl wallpaper, foil paper and other water resistant options all being readily available, you can potentially have your cake and eat it too.


  • Endless options
  • Vinyl/water resistant choices

Bathroom Wallpaper Cons

If you have any experience with wallpaper then you’ll see the potential cons coming a mile off.

From a style perspective, bathroom wallpaper can look perfect, but from a practical point of view, there are potential issues and they can’t always be avoided.

The biggest issue is that you’re essentially introducing a paper-based material into a room filled with moisture and humidity on a daily basis. Those types of conditions will take their toll on most materials so problems are to be expected.  

Those problems usually result in bathroom wallpaper peeling, rolling or becoming prone to mould, as the humidity and moisture begin to attack the paper adhesive.

Another con is that the wallpaper can become easily damaged in wet or “splash zone” areas. Think anything near the shower, bath, toilet, or sink…so essentially, everywhere!


  • Prone to damage
  • Splash issues

Should You Wallpaper Your Bathroom?

So, now that we’ve seen both sides of the argument, should you wallpaper your bathroom?

The answer is probably a mixture of “maybe”, “potentially”, and “only in certain areas of the room”.

Firstly, you should think carefully before introducing wallpaper into a small bathroom simply because such a small space will only increase and encourage the humid conditions.

Moving on, if you’re working with something slightly bigger then your main focus should be identifying a vinyl or certified water resistant style that you like. This will give you the benefits while hopefully protecting against the negatives.

On top of that, we would recommend using bathroom wallpaper as a statement with an accent or feature wall, instead of papering the entire room. Again this would allow you to introduce bold or unusual colours or patterns, but still maintain plenty of water resistant space.

If you’re still on the fence, we like this Sophie Robinson write up on it all…even if she does favour a more maximalist approach than us!


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