Will Wallpaper Work with Stone Tile?

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Q: Since it's wallpaper week, I'm hoping to get some of your wise advice about paper in a bathroom. We just bought and moved into an apt. with 2 baths. The master bath has a lot of marble, and the guest bath has a lot of what looks to be a green granite. (See photos, and please ignore the ugly light fixtures - we don't like them but have decided to live with them for now.) We've never had wallpaper before and are interested in it, and these small spaces seemed like a good spot (or spots?) to try it out.

But we don't really know where to begin since the stone in both baths is such a strong element on its own. Our aesthetic is pretty earthy/warm, and is reflected in the rest of the apartment, and frankly we just don't know what to do with all this marble! The green tone of the guest bathroom feels warmer and therefore already more in line with what we like.

We'd really love any guidance! What compliments/clashes with these stones? Are small patterns preferable to big? Are we crazy for thinking about wallpapering a space that has such strong elements in it already, and should we just stick to paint?

Thank you in advance for the smart comments!

Sent by Alessandra

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.