Busting the myths: four reasons you should use wallpaper in the bathroom

Posted: 20th Nov 2017

There are a number of common myths which can put you off using wallpaper in bathrooms

However, they're just that - myths! Wallpaper can be a great way of breathing new life into a bathroom, and has the added bonus of being easier to replace than a more permanent wall decoration, such as tiles, when it's time for a refresh.

There are other benefits too - for instance, the wide selection of wonderful designs (you might prefer faux bricks or feel tropical fish would perfectly compliment your room), and can also be incredibly practical - for example, certain papers are designed specifically for moist conditions, so they can be easily wiped down.

To help you, head of design at I Want Wallpaper, Alex Whitecroft, dispels some of the common bathroom wallpaper myths...

Myth one - wallpaper doesn't last in a steamy atmosphere

A wide selection of bathroom wallpapers have been designed specifically for use in damp and steamy conditions, including features such as hard-wearing vinyl finishes, wipe clean surfaces and embossed detailing. When they're applied correctly, modern wallpapers can stay strong for years - alternatively, you can make any wallpaper moisture resistant by applying Decorator's Varnish over the top to seal it.

Myth two - feature walls don't work in bathrooms

Feature walls actually work really well in bathrooms and are an incredibly simple, time-efficient way of injecting modern designs into the room. Popular looks for feature walls include industrial looking wallpapers such as whitewashed wood panels and bare brick, along with metallic finishes to complement chrome hardware.

You can also use wallpaper to create a stunning effect that otherwise can't be achieved with tiles or paint.

Myth three - you need tiles in a bathroom

Tiles definitely have benefits but can be expensive and difficult to remove. If you're stuck with dated tiles from the 70s or 80s, it can be a big job to change them. Some of the most popular bathroom wallpapers are the ones that mimic tiles and are extremely realistic - but there's no grouting required.

Popular bathroom looks such as mosaic, slate and marble tiles can all be created at a fraction of the cost. If you're after a wet room look, fit tiles in key wet areas - this can include the inside of the shower and around the bath and sink, with tile-effect paper elsewhere.

Myth four - patterns make small bathrooms feel even smaller

Patterns can actually be used to create the illusion of space. As opposed to dominating the room, it can merge with boundaries when it's used on as many walls as possible, even extending to the ceiling. Don't be fooled into thinking you need to stick to small scale patterns either - murals and large-scale patterns will work extremely well in bathrooms, even the smaller ones.

Lead image: left: Rasch Chevron Stripe Pattern; right; Rasch Tile Effect Pattern Wallpaper