There will always be naysayers, but the consensus is that a properly ventilated bathroom, with a window and extractor fan, will happily accommodate wallpaper. Do keep it away from direct contact with water. The odd splash is okay on a washable paper, but no manufacturer will recommend installing it touching a bath, basin, or shower. Then you’re just asking for trouble…
Most wallpaper is labeled according to use, and those suited to high-moisture rooms like kitchens and bathrooms are invariable vinyl. ‘Scrubbable’ wallpapers that are made from heavyweight vinyl or vinyl-coated are the best options, but also look for rolls labeled ‘extra washable’ or ‘highly wash-resistant’.
If you have your heart set on a paper that’s only marked ‘sponge able’, or not cleanable at all, it’s possible to boost its resilience using Polyvine’s Decorators Varnish. Use the Dead Flat version, which won’t alter the paper’s color, and do a test patch first. Don’t forget to add the cost to your budget. A one-liter pot costs around £10.50 and will cover 15-20sq m. For best results, apply two to three coats.
1. Pair it with your paint
Paint your walls, woodwork – or if you have it – panelling in the same shade as the background colour of your chosen wallpaper. This modern toile from Timorous Beasties looks gorgeous with the matching paint colour and heritage style sanitary-ware.
2. Give a glimpse
Wallpaper doesn’t actually have to be in the bathroom to enjoy the effect. If you have an open ensuite like the one shown here, papering a wall next to the bathroom in a bold palm print will bring colour and pattern to space without overwhelming it. Adding in a real plant or two will unite the two rooms.
3. Balance a bold botanical print
This standout botanical wallpaper not only adds stunning pops of colour, but the vibrant hues take the familiar metro tiled bathroom to a whole new magnificent level. Conversely, the paler shade of the tiles creates balance