Wallpaper is the best way to transform a room, since it doesn't take up any useable space yet instantly injects personal style. This makes wallpaper especially well-suited for a bathroom, where space tends to be limited and functionality is absolutely necessary (probably more so than other room in the house, save for the kitchen, perhaps). And you don't need a ton of natural light for a wallpaper to really pop, so it can embolden even a low-lit or lackluster bathroom. To get inspired, keep reading for twenty eight fearless and fun bathroom wallpaper ideas and design tips.
A light wallpaper like in this bathroom designed by Studio DB keeps things feeling sweet and airy. The modern mirror above the sink as well as the contemporary blush pink bulb make it feel like the perfect blend between elegant and on-trend. For a similar look, try a neutral and whimsical (yet understated) wallpaper but then bring in modern touches and rich materials to add character.
This bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke is what monochromatic master bath dreams are made of. The black stained wood flooring, angular railing, and simple black square mirror make this space feel distinctly modern while the Victorian bones make it feel like a total classic. The gorgeous cloud-print wallpaper perfectly bridges the two.
"We wanted to maintain the strong heritage of the architecture, whilst bringing it up to date with our new take," say the designers of 2LG Studio. Easy way to deliver on that goal in the powder room? A splatter paint-inspired wallpaper that both complements and contrasts with the classic Mediterranean-style tiles. It, along with the mirror, give this tiny bathroom a contemporary spin.
We love the mix of styles in this bathroom designed by Studio Lifestyle. There's the whimsy of the wallpaper, the classic floor times, subway tiles, and marble, and the contrasting rustic accent stool. One thing to keep in mind when decorating with wallpaper in the bathroom is how well it will resist splashing and moisture. See if you can print your favorite pattern on vinyl or another substrate that's more resistant to water, or simply keep it out of splashing range in a bathroom that gets a lot of traffic.
Designed by James Farmer, this powder room tells a story about the home and its owners. Farmer chose to display the wife's family's silver trays on top of the Thistle wallpaper for a personal decorative touch. "It was a ranch-style home that need some ranch-style dressing," jokes the designer. "It's all about layers and textures." Farmer also transformed as country chic cabinet into the sink vanity.
This powder room designed by Studio DB proves that modern style can be colorful, quirky, and over-the-top. The swirls of gray, purple, pink, and white immediately grab your attention. But it doesn't stop there—the wallpaper's blossoming flowers mimic the movement of the marble whirls and pink colors while adding a more spirited pop.
If you're not ready to take the plunge, so to speak, opt for a removable wallpaper. Designer Regan Baker chose one from Hygge & West to enliven this bathroom without having to make a major commitment to a print or color. It's temporary, affordable, and delightfully whimsical.
Here's proof you don't need to completely redo the bathroom to make it feel fresh. Designer Nina Farmer made the retro sink feel new again by adding a gorgeous Robert Crowder & Co marble-effect wallpaper. The original wainscoting was painted in Farrow & Ball's Plummet, which complements the paper and makes the powder room feel more formal.
Why stick to the walls when you can make an even more surprising style statement on the ceiling? From the eye-catching eagle vanity to the blue and brown rimmed mirror, this bathroom designed by Thom Filicia isn't holding back. "My bathroom is an 'Animal Planet' experience," says its owner, with birds and butterflies taking flight on the ceiling wallpaper for an unexpectedly light-hearted contrast to the seriousness of the other design elements.
Lead all eyes to the show-stopping statement of the master bathroom by framing the walls around it in a complementary pattern. In this classic space designed by Studio Lifestyle, the traditional toilet a fanciful touch against the striking, geometric, and modern shower.
This powder room designed by Kathryn M. Ireland is spring cheer epitomized. She freshened up the space by upholstering the walls in her Greta Wallpaper. The slipper chair adds a nice pop that sticks to the floral theme while bringing in some new, interesting colors. If you do decide to bring wallpaper into a small room or by a faucet, make sure you have proper ventilation.
Now here's how you make a bold statement in a smaller space. Designed by Space Exploration Design, this powder room knows how to set a mood. It's all about shape, material, and color. The ombré design of the wallpaper from Calico's Aurora collection is inspired by twilight skies. And paired with a sexy marble vanity, rose gold fittings and modern light fixture, and a frameless mirror, the whole space captures that beautiful, hard-to-pin-down, in-between moment of dusk when the light begins to fade.
Playful, upbeat, and sweet, this small bathroom by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design is in an 1840s Brooklyn Brownstone. "For the most part, the house had not been renovated, and our office was hired to modernize it while retaining and recreating period detail and character," explains Roberts. "Architectural details were based on original designs, and great care was taken to create a new home with quality historic character throughout."
Designer Eddie Lee wanted this bathroom to be "a blend of English charm and Asian lushness, with some European classicism thrown in." So he covered the walls in a Gracie chinoiserie wallpaper, which is a bold move in a high-moisture area. And it was worth the risk. The reason the antique panels work in this bathroom setting is because it doesn't see daily wear and tear. "This is a pied-a-terre, so it doesn't see daily action. Plus, we added a protective coating to resist moisture." The wallpaper defines the arches, speaks to the mahogany shutters, and is lightened by the ceiling paint is Farrow & Ball's light blue.
Designed by Celerie Kemble, this powder room isn't afraid to have fun. With vibrant color and botanical patterns, de Gournay's monkey-print wallpaper animates the whole space. The door trimmings pull out the blues while the brass sink and fittings assert a sense of grown-up sophistication.
When in doubt, add a statement wall. In this space designed by Regan Baker, the accent wall is covered in a classic toile pattern for a timeless and lighthearted ambiance. The transitional mirror about a small sink, colorful hand towel, and geometric light make this powder room feel complete.
This bathroom is an intriguing blend of past, present, and future, thanks to the bold, graphic, and modern wallpaper from Flat Vernacular, the retro pink sink with a gold swan-shaped faucet, and the contemporary accents. Pro tip: When applying wallpaper in a bathroom or high-moisture area, use anti-fungicide paste to prevent mold from growing.
Instead of spending a ton of money on wallpaper, make your own! Give your walls some oomph and treat it like a canvas for your a collage project by putting up old magazine pages vintage ads or posters. In this bathroom designed by Leanne Ford Interiors, the vintage magazine scraps play up the retro feel of the tiles.
A Victorian home in the Hamptons gets a Scandinavian twist from Swedish designer Liliane Hart. She used in this Svenkst Tenn wallpaper in the bathroom for an adventurous, bold splash of color. The Roost mirror and freestanding sink bring in a clean, crisp look.
To make the powder room feel more spacious than it actually is, interior designer Alexander Angle peppered the walls with the homeowner's beloved Audubon prints and then enhanced then with Farrow & Ball's Inchyra on the shutters and under the chair line.
The contrast between the hyper-realist, gritty photograph against the classic black and white striped wallpaper and glitzy chandelier create a nice juxtaposition in this Leanne Ford-designed space. She added an accent magazine rack, custom linen curtains, a hand towel ring, and a case to finish things off.
Interior designer Shaun Smith's New Orleans home is a treasure trove of beautiful and clever design solutions. Instead of starting from scratch, he worked with what was already there, pivoting the entire design scheme around the retro blue tile. "This house is all about statement," Smith says, which is definitely true in this contemporary wallpapered bathroom.
A sweet peachy-hued wallpaper won't overwhelm the eye, especially if you choose a classic and easy-going pattern. In this bathroom designed by Amber Interiors, the wallpaper warms up the cool tones and marbles throughout for a nice balance.
Modern, photorealist interpretations of classic designs are popping up everywhere. In this bathroom designed by Studio DB, the digitized floral wallpaper both softens up and enhances the edgy bathroom sink.
Here's another way to keep wallpaper out of splashing range and cut your cost in half. The white tiles in this bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke keep things feeling fresh while the wallpaper adds a little more personality. "The brief was to create an uplifting home filled with color, layered with richness and detail, anchored in the past but inherently contemporary," says the design firm.
A floral print on a platinum ground can make a small space shine with style. This master bathroom in a South Carolina waterfront home designed Suzanne Kasler is proof. The walls in this little nook are sheathed in Boussac's Tarrantelle wallpaper for a romantic, dreamy, and simply pretty appearance.
Designer Melissa Rufty says "powder rooms are a designer's calling card," and we happen to agree. There's just so much potential! And it can be a fun challenge to be punchy and make everything work in a small, sometimes oddly-shaped space. In this powder room, the green tortoiseshell wallpaper is Celerie Kemble's design for Schumacher and the metal sink apron was hand-painted with a chinoiserie scene by Thomas Opplinger.
Designed by Marshall Watson and Kate Reid, this Bahamian retreat marries contemporary, family-friendly design with tropical island vibes. The wallpaper is by Fornasetti for Cole & Son is playful without veering on informal or childish.