Reno Notebook / By Carol Wang / September 3, 2018
Wallpaper in Bathrooms? Yes Please!
Subtle or graphic, these nine wall coverings turn up the design dial
Bathrooms are the ideal place to try out a bold print that may be too overwhelming in a larger room, or to add excitement to a space that otherwise might be on the bland side. Understandably, the moisture issue is often what causes renovators to hesitate. Whether you decide to wallpaper a powder room or a full bath, keep in mind wallpaper for bathrooms is now often made to withstand water conditions, thanks to improved adhesives. Plus, there are vinyl, waterproof wallpaper options. Even many non-vinyl wallpapers are washable (in case of soap or toothpaste stains), water-resistant, and scrubbable.
So if you have a non-vinyl print in mind you’d love to use, chances are it will work out—even if the room contains a shower or bathtub. And most bathrooms have some kind of ventilation—either an exhaust connected to your heating/cooling system or a window. As long as there isn’t lingering humidity in the room, you shouldn’t have a problem.
Here, Sweeten, a free service matching homeowners with vetted general contractors, offers nine renovations with wallpaper that will make you want to sing in the shower.
Living in their home during the renovation made Alicia and Ed realize their master bathroom needed a facelift. To stay within their budget, the couple kept the bathtub, flooring, and toilet, instead focusing on key cosmetic details. Case in point? Herringbone wallpaper that fits right in with the clean, calm vibe.
“Powder rooms should be wacky,” insisted Sweeten renovator Nazli. She practiced what she preached by choosing a bright red-orange door that opens to a tiny but lushly Cole & Sons wallpapered half bath that is located next to their dining room. Add brass fixtures and a Moroccan-inspired tile pattern to the floor, and the result is one-of-a-kind!
With no need for a bathtub on the parlor floor of this Tudor townhouse, interior designer Meredith converted a full bath into a half bath (and used the remaining space for a very useful pantry). The new powder room is perfectly charming: a Brooklyn Toile on the walls designed by Beastie Boys’ Mike D for Flavor Paper offsets geometric floor tiles in the same color scheme.
Baby Elephant Walk is the name of the Walnut Wallpaper pattern that Mollie selected for her bathroom renovation. Rather than continuing the tile to the ceiling, she looked at wallpaper for bathrooms and chose a print with organic shapes to provide contrast to the chevron tiles while echoing their gray color.
A print from Flavor Paper’s Warhol Series was the perfect complement to Brad and Michelle’s glossy red cabinets in their bathroom renovation. Michelle has always been a Warhol fan, so the couple chose Crowd, a dot-screened montage of an Easter Mass gathering at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. (Supposedly, Warhol montaged himself into the crowd!)
It’s only fitting this speckled paper in Bellamy and Zack’s first-floor bath is called Devine. Luckily, the space was an easy update, thanks to its already functional layout, so after a rip-and-replace of the fixtures, the couple tested out their DIY skills and added this jaunty black-and-white paper.
Sure, Alex and Tom were initially planning to just tackle their kitchen reno, but ultimately decided the bathroom deserved a redo, too. They brought in details to align with the earthy scheme throughout the home with a larger-than-leaf wallpaper from Calico, a walnut vanity, and vertically-laid black tiles.
Brett and Terri stuck with a monochrome white-and-gray scheme to make their bathroom feel bigger and brighter. To break up the floor-to-ceiling subway tile, Terri scoured the Internet and found a subtle yet special aquatic themed wallpaper that adds a whimsical touch to the guest bath.
Homeowners Nikki and Chris took inspiration from their favorite restaurant bathrooms in Manhattan and Astoria, where they live. The striking, luxurious Rifle Paper Co. wallpaper, featuring pineapples on a black background, was a clever contrast to classic white subway tile on the walls and a black hex pattern on the floor in their bathroom renovation.
This was originally posted October 9, 2017.
Wallpaper isn’t the only accessory that adds glam. Design your bathroom lighting to make a statement with a funky fixture or set the tone with mood lighting.
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