From a brick-effect to a bold jungle print, many of us are starting to realise that wallpaper can be an easy cheat way to get a feature wall. It’s also more affordable, and easy to change when you feel your room needs a new look.
But there’s one room where using wallpaper has only recently begun to catch on – the bathroom. And if you haven’t considered it before, you’ll be surprised to see the vast range of styles and effects you can achieve with modern bathroom wallpaper.
It makes sense to have historically avoided using it in the bathroom; heat and humidity don’t usually mix well with paper. But things are changing, thanks to new techniques.
For instance, one new trick is to apply a decorator’s varnish to the paper after it has been applied. When done properly, this method creates a seal that makes wallpaper moisture-resistant – you just need to make sure that the paper has been put on correctly, with as few lumps and bumps as possible. If you’re not sure, check out our guide to wallpapering like a pro.
Something as simple as placement choice can make a big difference, too – using paper on just one wall means you can avoid the dampest areas, like next to the bath or shower.
And even if these simple techniques that sounds a little too fiddly, there are now plenty of companies that create wallpaper specifically for bathrooms.
If you love the look of tiles but hate grouting – and even tilers hate grouting- a bathroom-approved scrubbable wallpaper with tile printing could provide a simple solution.