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14 Bathroom Wallpaper Trends – Design Ideas for a Modern Home

Bathroom wallpaper

Wallpaper in bathrooms is not the most popular trend, but it is making a comeback. This unique feature can add interest to your home that plain painted walls can’t. Therefore, if your bathroom is lacking in character, adding wallpaper may be a suitable option.

That said, you can’t just throw wallpaper on the wall and expect everything to go fine. You have to design the look of your bathroom carefully and choose the correct patterns.

In this article, we look at the most popular wallpaper trends today and go over how they may work in your bathroom.

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Bathroom Wallpaper Ideas for Modern Homes

1. Use Bold Patterns

When you’re working in a small space like a bathroom, you can get away with a great deal. Using a bold pattern can make the wallpaper the focus of the room. This works well if your bathroom’s other features are quite boring.

With bold wallpaper, you don’t need other bold features. (In fact, we wouldn’t recommend it.) Therefore, this design is great for those who want a unique bathroom but don’t want to remodel the whole thing.

You can make the space either playful or serious, depending on your usage of the pattern. Surprisingly, many so-called “ugly” wallpapers look great in this version.

2. Select a Coastal Wallpaper

Even if you don’t live on the coast, you can select one of these wallpapers to bring the coast into your home. Using wallpaper in this way works great when you have limited space to add design, as is often the case in guest bathrooms.

Instead of just having a plain, white bathroom, the wallpaper will help add interest.

A coastal theme is a popular design style for bathrooms of all types, even inland ones.

3. Use Textured Wallpaper

Textured wallpaper is often overlooked, but it can lighten up a space if you do it correctly. In half baths with little wall space, you can use textured wallpaper to bring interest to an otherwise boring bathroom.

It is also often a cheaper alternative to tile and other textured options that you can put on walls.

Therefore, we recommend this style for those who want to add a bit of interest to their bathroom walls but don’t want to spend tons of money. It is also a great interest-grabber that isn’t quite as dramatic as a bold pattern.

You can also use this sort of wallpaper on one wall of a bigger bathroom to make a statement wall.

4. Choose Something Fun

Bathrooms are one of the few places where you can do something fun and completely wacky, like this cow wallpaper. If you find a weird wallpaper that you like, utilizing it in your bathroom is a fun option. Since bathrooms are small, you won’t overwhelm your visitors, though everyone will remember it.

You can use dramatic flowers or any other wild pattern that you can find.

5. Dramatic Wall Paper

You have to be careful with this style, but you can utilize various patterns to make your walls dramatic, giving you a unique bathroom design that visitors are sure to remember. Of course, your bathroom can be a bit too dramatic if you pair this wallpaper with other high-interest pieces.

Therefore, this option works best when you have an otherwise plain bathroom. As far as bathroom remodels go, this is a cheaper choice because you only have to add wallpaper instead of changing other features in your bathroom.

6. Smaller Means Bolder

The smaller your bathroom is, the more dramatic the wallpaper can be. Plain walls for small rooms can make them forgettable, especially since you typically aren’t in there for long. So if you want to leave an impression, you need to choose a bold pattern that fits the space.

You can choose whichever bold pattern that you like. If there aren’t any other design elements in your bathroom, it doesn’t matter what pattern you select.

The best part about small bathrooms is that dramatic wallpaper is often the only design element that you need to make it stand out.

7. Go Floral

Floral patterns are often considered old and out of date. However, if you’re using them in a small space like a bathroom, this can add interest and movement that wouldn’t be there otherwise. This floral wallpaper, for instance, adds flair to what is otherwise a white and boring bathroom.

You can either use small plants and arrangements like this wallpaper or dramatic arrangements. Either way, choose something that you like!

8. Use Color

You’ll see many bathroom wallpapers that are mostly white and black. However, there are other options too.

Most of the design elements in bathrooms are white and black. Sinks are typically always white, for instance. For this reason, you may want to add a splash of color to the room using wallpaper. While you can choose a wallpaper that is a completely different color, we also like wallpapers that simply add small splashes of color, like this fun pattern.

You don’t have to add another design element besides the wallpaper for most small bathrooms (though you can add something small to the sink). Therefore, this colorful wallpaper is a fast and easy way to spruce up a bathroom that would otherwise just be white and sterile.

9. Use Soft Designs

For large bathrooms, you should utilize soft, light wallpaper. While dramatic wallpapers can work in certain situations, they may be a bit much in a large space (talk about sensory overload!). That said, you can safely utilize light and less bold patterns, like this traditional blue design.

Of course, this works best if there aren’t many other design elements in your bathroom. If your sink or cabinets are also dramatic and bold, it may be best to have plain walls. However, soft wallpapers can work in rooms that have just a few design elements.

Remember, you don’t typically need two statement pieces in a room, especially one as small as a bathroom.

10. Make an Accent Wall

Wallpaper is an easy way to make an accent wall in an otherwise small room. Just put wallpaper on one wall to bring attention to that area. Typically, this works best in powder rooms, around the sink area, since that tends to be the focal point of the room, anyway.

Choose a wallpaper that is at least somewhat dramatic, though certain less-dramatic wallpapers also work fine, especially if you’re aiming for a toned-down room.

We recommend adding other design elements around the accent wall, such as an interesting mirror or lighting. It doesn’t have to be anything too dramatic, though, since bathrooms are so small.

11. Tile Alternative

Wallpaper can be a cheaper alternative to tile in many situations. For instance, you can utilize a rock-looking wallpaper to make it look like tile, usually for much cheaper than the actual tile would be. There is usually a wallpaper alternative for just about any tile out there.

Of course, you cannot use wallpaper anywhere that it might get wet, so this only works in some areas. Don’t try to replace the tile in your shower with wallpaper!

12. Coordinate Colors

If you decide to use bold wallpaper, be sure to coordinate colors throughout the rest of the bathroom. For instance, this white and gold wallpaper is complemented by gold accents around the sink. It would look strange if nothing else was gold in the room.

If you already have bold accents in your bathroom, you can use bold wallpaper to bring the whole room together and make it feel more purposeful. For example, those who already have gold faucets can invest in gold wallpaper to help make the room feel complete.

13. Subtle Is Sometimes Best

If you have many elements in your bathroom already, subtle may be the best option. For instance, this bathroom has a dramatic mirror and a unique sink, so the simple wallpaper looks best. The wallpaper doesn’t always need to take center stage, especially if you have other items in your room trying to catch your eye.

Subtle patterns are also best for large spaces, where bold patterns would be overwhelming.

14. Don’t Forget the Kids

Wallpapers are great design options for children because they are often fun and more interesting than plainly painted walls. However, that doesn’t mean you need to select something overly bright or childish. For instance, these blue whales will easily make a child smile, but they are also subtle enough to be aesthetically pleasing to grown-up eyes.

Plus, notice how the whales match the cabinet. It makes the whole room look put together and well-done.

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There are many different wallpapers out there that would look great in a bathroom. Consider your personal style and the overall size of your bathroom when deciding which wallpaper would look best.

Don’t be afraid to go bold in bathrooms, especially if it is small. Bathrooms are traditionally quite plain and forgettable. A bold pattern can change that. However, if the bathroom is large, you may want to choose a simple pattern that isn’t overly dramatic.

You can also use wallpaper to mirror other styles. For instance, there are wallpapers that look like tile and even some that are textured. In this way, choosing wallpaper can help you save quite a bit of money.

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