7 Wallpapers for a Bold, Beautiful Bathroom

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WORDS BY Sara Watson

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Published on October 7, 2020

Wallpaper in the powder room is a common trick designers use — because of small square footage, you can go ultra luxe for not much money and wow your guests in the process. But what about in a full bathroom? Turns out, wallpaper is just as bold and beautiful here as it is in the powder room. As long as you choose a high-quality, water-resistant wallpaper (look for a material like vinyl and key words like “scrubbable”), you’re good to go, although ideally you’ll want to ensure your bathroom has good ventilation. Bonus: scrubbable wallpaper means easy cleanup should any spills or stains happen. 

Choosing wallpaper in the bathroom allows you to pull in lots of colors or patterns in an otherwise small space. You can also look for metallic wallpapers that echo the sheen of any hardware. Keep the look grounded with crisp, white linens and towels. Here are a few bathroom wallpaper ideas to get you started:

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Allude to rain showers with this gorgeous, sketched Nuvolette wallpaper from Cole & Sons. We like the classic black and white colorway, but if you’re looking to incorporate subtle warm tones, try it in the Gold and Silver or Stone options. Should you prefer an all-out dramatic look, order it in Midnight: the inky tones would provide a stunning contrast to crisp, tiled surfaces.

Nuvolette Wallpaper from Cole & Sons

If you’re all about coastal style, try the Zingara wallpaper from Little Greene, in classic navy and white. It’s based on a 1950s design, meaning it also has a touch of retro cheer amid its clearly coastal allure. 

Zingara Wallpaper from Little Greene

This Flamingos wallpaper from Albany has a vintage Los Angeles vibe, and we’re loving it. Picture this paper in a bathroom featuring glamorous touches, like Carrara marble countertops and gold-tone fixtures. Who wouldn’t want to take a bubble bath amid such a whimsical backdrop?

Flamingos Wallpaper from Albany

Worried you’ll make a mistake? This vinyl Bobby Berk for Tempaper wallpaper, Havenly’s very own brand ambassador, is beginner-friendly and can be repositioned. The abstract, black-and-white design feels undeniably high end — no one needs to know you did it yourself! 

Bobby Berk for Tempaper Wallpaper

The Woodblock Mono wallpaper from Little Greene comes from an 18th-century woodblock print design. It would be a lovely choice for farmhouse-inspired bathrooms that incorporate subtle rustic touches. 

Woodblock Mono Wallpaper from Little Greene

Who says marble is just for countertops and floors? With the Limestone Wallpaper from Graham & Brown, you can extend the marble effect throughout the whole bathroom. This subtle color scheme and nature-inspired pattern would work well for minimalists seeking to create a quiet yet polished space. 

Limestone Wallpaper from Graham & Brown

To create a cheerful, preppy bathroom, we like this painterly polka dot wallpaper from Scott Living. Blue and white is always a classic pick for a bathroom (or any room, really), and this particular palette and design would pair beautifully with gold-tone accents and fixtures. 

Polka Dot Wallpaper from Scott Living

Words by Sara Watson