How to use wallpaper in your bathroom

We go through all the options for bathroom wallpaper; from moisture resistant to highly scrubbable

Grey tile-effect bathroom wallpaper

Many of us are starting to realise that wallpaper can be an easy cheat way to get a feature wall. Whether it’s to create anything from a brick-effect to a bold jungle print, there are some great patterns out there. It’s also more affordable, and easy to change when you feel your room needs a new look.

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Although wallpaper is taking other rooms by storm there’s one place it’s taking longer to migrate to.

It makes sense to have historically avoided using it in the bathroom; heat and humidity don’t usually mix well with paper. But things are changing.

Wood-effect textured wallpaper

One new trick is to apply a decorator’s varnish to the paper after it has been applied – making sure that the paper has been put on correctly with as little lumps and bumps as possible. When done properly it creates a seal and can make any wallpaper moisture resistant.

Placement choice can make a big difference too, using paper on just one wall (as a feature), can be done to avoid the dampest areas, like next to the bath or shower.

Bathroom feature wall with blue wallpaper

If that sounds a little too fiddly and you had your heart set on a particular wall, there are now plenty of companies that create wallpaper specifically for bathrooms.

Washable papers are popular: there are ‘scrubbable’ and ‘highly scrubbable’ types available at

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If you hate grouting (and even tilers hate grouting) a bathroom-approved scrubbable wallpaper with tile printing could provide a simple solution.

Grey grout-free bathroom wallpaper tile-effect