Before and After: 9 of the Most Gorgeous Wallpapered Bathroom Redos Ever

published Sep 4, 2023
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Wallpaper can give a bathroom a new lease on life in a way that paint just can’t match. Even when the tile, vanity, lighting, and everything else in the room stays the same, wallpaper wraps these small spaces in color, pattern, and vibrancy. It’s one of the biggest makeover tricks you can do on a budget.

Accent walls in builder-grade bathrooms, plastering all four walls in tiny water closets, and even faking wallpaper to make things easy — every method is fair game when it comes to transforming a bathroom with wallpaper. These nine bathrooms, which are some of Apartment Therapy editors’ favorite redos, show that anything goes in these small spaces that pack a big punch.

Bold Wallpaper Turns a Bland Bathroom into a Work of Art

A clean and crisp blank canvas of a bathroom with white walls and black tiled floors wasn’t offensive, but it also wasn’t winning any design awards. With basic bones, a major renovation wasn’t necessary, but one $75 roll of bold, graphic black and white patterned wallpaper on one wall completely transformed the space with an artful new look.

Trim and Wallpaper Give a Plain Bathroom a Sophisticated Look

A small, plain powder room is the perfect spot to try out all the jewel box projects you’ve been saving. In this powder room, 2/3 paneling and trim and 1/3 wallpaper on the walls give the room charm and character that makes it feel like it’s been like this for ages. The wildflower wallpaper and charcoal gray wainscoting add extra sophistication.

Tropical Wallpaper Takes this Bathroom from Drab to Vibrant

Bold wallpaper envelopes this tiny powder room with pattern and color, proving that springing for all four walls can give a room major impact. Paired with the contrasting tile, brass accents, and floating sink, this powder room has hip boutique hotel vibes.

A Floral Powder Room Proves Going Big Is Best

Black floral wallpaper with vibrant blooms, a gorgeous antique vanity turned into a sink, and eclectic art all prove that you don’t have to pick just one bold accent in a small room. All of the room’s elements work together in a way that feels intentional, tied by the color palette from the floral wallpaper.

Splurge-Worthy Wallpaper Sets the Stage for a Budget Bathroom

Serena and Lily’s iconic blue chevron wallpaper gave this white bathroom an instant upgrade during a budget-friendly renovation. The splurge-worthy wallpaper set the stage for inexpensive updates like a painted vanity and simple lighting swaps. As this transformation proves, creating a beautiful space that suits your budget is all about mixing high and low.

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Terrazzo Wallpaper Levels Up a Builder-Grade Bathroom

The good thing about builder-grade bathrooms is they often start as a totally blank slate. In this bathroom, the white shaker-style cabinets and white counters were plain, but they were ready to be given a bright new makeover. An accent wall of terrazzo wallpaper was added right behind the sink, and it added color and contrast that made the rest of the bathroom pop. Updating the mirror, fixtures, and lighting finished the affordable new look.

Opposing Accent Walls Add Life to a Narrow Bathroom

This before and after squeezes major style into a tiny, narrow bathroom with only enough room for the bare necessities. By adding vertical chair rail to keep the eye moving and using a tropical floral as an accent on the opposing walls, the room seems to be drawn out and lengthened.

Millennial Gray Is Dumped for Traditional Toile

This small bathroom was sad and dreary before it got a traditional makeover with two opposing but equally classic motifs. Blue and white toile wallpaper on the walls is contrasted with the checkerboard tile on the floor, giving the space a look that’s both unexpected and timeless at the same time.

A Countryside Vision Brings Light to a Basement Bath

Making a basement feel light and airy is no easy task, but this brand new bathroom in a once-unfinished basement manages to feel like a bright retreat in the English countryside. It has all the trappings of British design, from multiple floral patterns to a neutral William Morris-inspired wallpaper to wainscoting painted in a light peacock, and it looks like anything but a basement.