Little Room, Big Impact: Bold Paper in the Powder Room

Little Room, Big Impact: Bold Paper in the Powder Room

Nancy Mitchell
Jan 9, 2012

I am terrified...of wallpaper. Sure, it looks lovely in other people's homes, but I recall a traumatic experience I had as a child when I bought the most perfect wallpaper, covered in teeny tiny flowers, for the living room in my dollhouse and it wrinkled. To this day, there are bumpy spots on the wall of my dollhouse. I imagine the dolls strategically placing paintings and potted plants, deeply ashamed at my clumsiness.

But you know, I've decided that facing one's childhood fears is an important part of growing up. Maybe this will be the year I dip my toes in the wallpaper pool. I think I'll start with the powder room.

I am tremendously lucky to have a powder room. It's one of my favorite rooms in the house, because I hardly ever go in there, so it's almost always clean. It's also approximately the size of an airplane bathroom, which seems to make it an easy target for my budding wallpapering skills. And thanks to the internet, I have lots of inspiration.

1. A lovely toile from Lonny.
2. I know this is tile, and not wallpaper - but I love the way the design extends to cover the whole room. From Design*Sponge.
3. Somehow this combination of gold mirror with light blue wallpaper is airy and ornate all at the same time. From the Decorista.
4. Bold graphics enliven a little room in this photo from HGTV.
5. From Better Homes & Gardens, further proof that the ubiquitous Cole & Son 'Woods' wallpaper works absolutely everywhere.

6. The Cole & Sons crops up again, although the bathroom seems like an unusual place for a bookshelf. From Houzz.
7. This is not wallpaper, I believe, but something akin to mod-podge. It's like a craft project you can do your business in. I have tremendous respect for that. From Lonny.
8. Just modern enough to be pretty without being precious. From Lonny.
9. I might never leave the bathroom. Made By Girl.
10. Or, inspired by this room from House Beautiful, I could just forget about paper entirely and cover the room with cork. Gives you something to think about.

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