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10 Ways To Use Wallpaper in Your Bathroom

Ready to add color, pattern and jaw-dropping style to your bathroom? All you need is a roll or two of wallpaper!

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Spruce Up Traditional Tile

Subway tile is popular in bathrooms and kitchens but doesn’t really bring a wow factor. To take your space to the next level, pair traditional tile with a bold print like in this cheerful citrus bathroom by @tp.remodeling that’s anything but boring.

Design: @tedimore
Built: @tp.remodeling
Photo: @joshbustosphoto

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Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Wallpaper doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment (scraping off wallpaper glue is no fun). In this bathroom by @designs_by_desiree, the wallpaper is a peel and stick version that’s easy to remove if you feel the need for a change down the road. Limiting the vibrant blue pattern to one wall provides big impact without overwhelming the space.

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Unexpected Color Combination

The blue and green combo in this bathroom by @daymewaltherdesign absolutely works. The blue and white wallpaper is beautiful on its own. Next to the green vanity and matching mirror, it makes this kids’ bathroom feel special.

Once you’ve chosen your wallpaper, don’t be afraid to experiment with a bold paint color that coordinates or contrasts with the wallpaper pattern.

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Get Playful

A half bathroom offers the perfect space for a wild wallpaper choice. This bathroom by @home_atnumberone looks like it’s decorated with a floor-to-ceiling gallery wall of cute animal portraits, but it’s actually wallpaper! The limited black and white color palette keeps the focus on the playful pattern.

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Elevate Neutral Colors with a Pattern

The colors in this bathroom by @avakianinteriors are all neutral (black, white and tan) yet it delivers a punch against the stunning black tile wall. Most would be tempted to paint the rest of the room and be done. But the perfect subtle pattern of the wallpaper accent wall compliments the black tile taking over.

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Wallpaper That Looks Like Tile

In this cute bathroom by @kd_detaildesign, scallop pattern peel and stick wallpaper looks like a complicated tile mosaic. You get the same beautiful look without dealing with grout, sealer and expensive tile supplies. Plus, this wallpaper is steam and moisture resistant — perfect for bathrooms — and wipes clean with a soft, damp cloth.

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Wallpaper the Ceiling

This bathroom designed by @robingannoninteriors and photographed by @serene.and.co proves a small bathroom doesn’t need to be minimal or boring.

The tropical wallpaper print applied to the top of the wall and the ceiling is a daring choice, adding just the right splash of color and depth. Wallpapering the ceiling in a small bathroom guides the eye upward, making the room feel taller and more spacious.

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Simple Modern Pattern

Although bold and colorful wallpaper has its place, simple patterns can be just as beautiful, as shown here in this bathroom by @denofhearts.

The Chasing Paper wallpaper design (Palm Springs) features clean line drawings of mid-century homes, palm trees and mountains. Mostly white wallpaper like this lightens up a dark bathroom while providing more fun than just a coat of white paint.

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Dollar Store Contact Paper

To highlight the angled ceiling in this bathroom, DIY enthusiast @burlapandbookpages installed a sheet of floral pattern contact paper from the dollar store! The peel and stick application and wipeable waterproof surface make it a great alternative to traditional wallpaper for a fraction of the cost.

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Don’t Be Afraid of Color

What’s not to love in this beautiful bathroom by @rachel.m.roberson? The real show stopper, though, is the mustard yellow floral wallpaper. Paired with the rich green wainscoting, this bathroom is colorful yet sophisticated.

When using a lot of color and pattern in a small bathroom, opt for more modern fixtures like this sleek faucet and simple wall light to help balance the space.

Erica Young
Erica Young is a freelance writer and content creator, specializing in home and lifestyle pieces. She loves writing about home decor, organization, relationships, and pop culture. She holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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