More and more people are spending time indoors these days, and as a result, might be itching to inject some new life and personality into their home. Pint-sized spaces like small bathrooms are prime for makeovers because you can enjoy the fruits of your labor with minimal effort and investment. By simply updating a light fixture, refreshing your vanity with a coat of paint and new hardware, or adding color and pattern to your walls, you can breathe new life into your washroom.
In fact, wallpaper is seeing a resurgence, and it’s no wonder. Gone are the days when you relied on an interior designer to buy it for you. Now, it’s readily available from online retailers and big-box stores. And for the commitment-averse or DIY enthusiast, removable options have completely transformed the price point and the permanence long-associated with wallpaper.
There are, however, a few things to keep in mind before committing to installing wallpaper in your small bathroom. Foremost, will it resist splashing and moisture? Water and humidity are unkind to wallpaper, so make sure that there are adequate ventilation and distance between water sources and your walls. Better yet, is your desired print available on vinyl or another more water-friendly material? When selecting the actual wallpaper design and color, there’s no shortage of options. From florals to faux brick and wood to ethereal prints, this is an opportunity to spruce up a tired space so choose something you love.
The limited confines of a small bath provide the perfect opportunity to push design boundaries and try something a bit daring. Break up a smaller, saturated print with minimal accessories, and keep in mind that a larger scale pattern might not make the same impact as it would on larger walls. And don’t forget to consider how your wallpaper will mesh with the rest of your bathroom. Will it result in a cohesive look? For example, you may covet a toile print, but if your vanity leans more midcentury modern, you might want to consider an alternative that’s more fitting.
Read on for eight inspiring small bathroom wallpaper ideas that will inspire a tiny makeover.
1. Oh-So-Subtle Prints
Are you the less-is-more type? Barely-there prints in muted colorways add depth and visual interest without distraction. A shared girls’ bathroom by Katie Hackworth is adorned in a teeny-tiny pattern that lets the graphic cement floor remain the focal point. A blush vanity and subway tile wainscoting add to the old world charm.
2. Romantic Florals
Contrary to popular belief, small spaces don’t require small patterns. In fact, oversize prints add a welcome sense of drama that can make tiny rooms feel more spacious. Landed Interiors made a big statement in this small bath with a large floral wallpaper, and showcased its beauty on an expansive wall. A Victorian-inspired console sink with chrome legs, traditional sconces, and checkerboard wood floor enhances the romantic vibe.
Terrazzo is not just for floors and countertops. The popular speckled pattern has made its way onto walls in the form of playful and colorful wallpaper. Andrew Howard Interior Design installed a multicolor print in this small bathroom and painted the vanity a classic cornflower blue to amp up the contrast.
4. Small Patterns
No need to shy away from bold color or a small scale pattern in a petite bathroom, but you’ll want to keep it from overwhelming the space with plenty of neutrals and toned down accessories. Kate Lester tempers a busy graphic wallpaper with a simple framed mirror, a marble countertop, and an industrial white wall sconce for a classic look with a twist.
5. Coastal Bliss
With their reference to water, coastal motifs are a no-brainer for a small bathroom wallpaper idea. This calming space by Kate Miller manages to be whimsical, but not overly childish while showcasing a blowfish pattern on the walls. Shiplap wainscoting functions as a practical buffer between the wallpaper and the faucet, and a woven mirror adds plenty of warmth and contrast.
6. Woodsy Charm
Bring a welcome dose of nature to your small bathroom with an accent wall adorned in a woodsy animal print. This space doubles down on the outdoor vibe, combining a wood laminate countertop and backsplash with an owl patterned wallpaper for a look that’s equal parts approachable and rustic.
7. Jungle Motifs
Create a glam powder room by juxtaposing elegant elements with a vibrant and expressive print. Elizabeth Roberts used high-gloss teal trim to emphasize the bold jungle-themed wallpaper in this refined small bathroom while a wall-mounted marble sink, gold fittings, and a singular sconce keep the overall look elevated.
8. Artistic Watercolor
Bold wallpaper is an effective way to introduce dimension and texture to a small bathroom without eating into the precious square footage. An oversize watercolor-inspired print is all the wow factor needed in this space by Suzann Kletzien who included a luxe marble sink and scaled-down mirror to complete the look.