10 Times Wallpaper in the Bathroom Actually Looked Really Great

10 Times Wallpaper in the Bathroom Actually Looked Really Great

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Nancy Mitchell
May 24, 2015
(Image credit: Lynne Scalo Design)

For some of us, the thought of wallpaper in the bathroom may draw up images of terrible 80s interiors — giant, chintzy florals, shiny, overwrought gold fixtures, maybe even a little carpeting in the mix. But I want the record to show that I have never been against wallpaper in the bathroom. The hallway bathroom of our home, growing up, was covered in a gold toile print (a legacy, I think, from the former homeowners), and I spent many a happy evening in the tub dreaming about what all those French country people were doing. If you want your bathroom to be similarly fascinating, maybe the time has come to give wallpaper a try.

I think we've been a bit skittish about wallpaper in general, because of — you guessed it — the 80s. There really were some terrible designs back then. (And it's possible, of course, that posterity will judge our own designs as equally terrible — who can tell what direction style will take? But that's a whole other post.) But lately, wallpaper has started to make a big comeback, and now it's even creeping into the bathroom, a space where people tend to be quite conservative. Take a gander at these ten examples.

Above: How beautiful is this floral wallpaper? Interior by Lynne Scalo Design, via Decorpad.

(Image credit: Desire to Inspire)

This black and white pattern, with pixels fashioned into a sort of weave, is a perfect fit for this modern bathroom from Desire to Inspire.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

Black tile is a nice complement to this palm-print paper, which is just over the top enough. From Design Sponge.

(Image credit: Domaine Home)

This moving graphic print really adds a little something to a modern bathroom from Domaine Home.

(Image credit: Hus & Hem)

Most of the other wallpaper examples are in bathrooms that are fairly minimal, but I can't help but love this pairing of colored tile and floral wallpaper from Hus & Hem. It imparts a certian folksy joy.

(Image credit: Domaine Home)

I like that this pattern has just enough movement to it to be interesting. The rest of the bathroom's features are fairly sedate, keeping everything in balance. From Domaine Home.

(Image credit: Jenna Kingman)

This wallpaper + marble + that painting = just great. I think there's a danger that this might read too formal, but something about the print gives it a little insouciance. From Jenna Kingman.

(Image credit: AD España)

If you're worried about wallpaper being harder to clean, you could try running tile most of the way up the wall, as in this bath from AD España.

(Image credit: Lonny)

Almost everything about this bathrooom from Lonny is super-traditional, but the wallpaper gives it just the right amount of punch.

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