Is Wallpaper in a Bathroom a Good Idea?

Can you wallpaper a bathroom?

Wallpapering adds a touch of playfulness and elegance to a space, but can you wallpaper a bathroom? Is the the most frequent question I get asked. The answer is a great big YES for the majority of bathrooms. I personally LOVE wallpaper in a bathroom, especially the downstairs loo. It is the perfect room to go wild in and pop a smile on your guests face when they powder their nose. 

For a small percentage of bathrooms, if your bathroom is super humid and never dries it may be best to get better ventilation or opt for a vinyl paper

How do I know if my bathroom is too humid?

  • No ventilation
  • No functioning window
  • Walls feel moist hours after you shower

If you answer yes to most or all of these then it may be best to opt for a vinyl paper. 

Top Tip: order a sample or two, paste on your bathroom walls for a week, if it sticks and doesn't bubble you are well on the way to walls of wonder. 

floral wallpaper bathroom

People worry about the durability and practicality of wallpaper, whilst our wallpapers are suited to most environments, applications in bathrooms and kitchens may influence your choice of base paper. We recommend coated papers for such situations if you would like to have a design on this substrate please drop me an email, I can also print onto vinyl. 

Another option and a decorators secret weapon is to apply a wallpaper varnish such as POLYVINE decorators' varnish. It is important to test before application as it may affect the wallpapers colour. I love the dead flat finish as you can hardly see it, it also comes in satin and gloss. 


Wallpaper and tiles are a match made in heaven and it’s a good idea to use tiles in areas likely to get splashed - so behind the bath, shower and sink. 

floral wallpaper in bathroom

Another great idea is to have panelling or tiles on the bottom half of the bathroom walls and wallpaper on the upper half this contrast is perfect for bathrooms. 


Wallpaper is a good idea, especially in the bathroom. Embrace your love of colour and pattern and live a life less ordinary with wallpaper. 


Happy papering. 


Annika x 

aphrodite shell


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