Choosing Wallpaper for a Small Bathroom

Whether you’re redoing your powder room or adding flair to a compact family washroom, wallpaper is an easy way to make a big impact. You don’t need a lot of natural light for a bold pattern to pop, either—it can instantly embolden a dimly lit space.

The trick is to find a wallpaper that suits your style, but doesn’t clash with your floor tiles and other bathroom fixtures and finishes. That’s why a neutral color is often the safest bet. Luckily, there are plenty of options that can suit any taste, from delicate champagne and blush to sandy beige and cream.

If you want to take a risk, a darker hue can also look great in a small bathroom. Just be sure to test the hue in your space before going all in, since colors can change dramatically in different lights.

If a simple neutral shade isn’t for you, consider a color that evokes warmth and relaxation, like this green-tinged paper from Graham & Brown. Its beadboard design is reminiscent of vertical shiplap or wainscotting, but it’s a breeze to clean and wipe down.

Another option is a woven wallpaper, which adds texture and interest to any bathroom without compromising moisture resistance. Unlike traditional paste-the-wall wallpaper, which requires paste and a paint roller to apply, you can use peel-and-stick versions like this Walls Republic A Tropical Soiree Botanical Wallpaper that come with a self-adhesive backing and don’t require any prep or painting.

You can also experiment with texture with a grasscloth wallpaper, which combines the beauty of real fabric with durability and ease of installation. This blue version from Serena & Lily has the feel of a smooth sea cloth and complements a white pedestal sink and chrome fixtures in this guest bathroom.

Lastly, if you’re looking to create the illusion of height in your bathroom, consider a stripe wallpaper, which is a classic and timeless choice. This large-scale striped wallpaper from Tempaper features elongating vertical lines that add depth to any bathroom, and it’s easy to line up compared to more complicated patterns.

You can also opt for a solid or stripe wallpaper that echoes tile patterns, but is easier to hang and easier to maintain. This grey tile-inspired option from NextWall will give your bathroom the look of a tiled room with a much quicker and less labor-intensive install time. Just be sure to properly prepare your walls by filling any dents and sanding, and use a sealing primer to protect against mold growth.

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