Everybody knows that water and paper don’t mix, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use wallpaper in the bathroom. In fact, it is a fantastic way to bring some character into an otherwise dull white bathroom suite, creating a great feature wall or all over elegant print that you can’t get using paint or tiles. All you need to do is plan carefully and take a few precautions and you can have a beautifully wallpapered bathroom with no peeling corners or damp…
If you know that your bathroom is not particularly well ventilated, then wallpaper is an absolute no-go I’m afraid. You can of course improve the ventilation of your bathroom by installing an extractor fan, which should help to eliminate any lingering steam that could wreak havoc on your new wallpaper. If steam is allowed to linger in the room, your wallpaper will begin to peel away from the wall (that is the method for removing it after all!) but worse that this, damp wallpaper can lead to mildew and damp problems, which are unsightly and can be bad for your health.
That is to say, is it really feasible to wallpaper the entire bathroom? If you are working with a large space, can you create a single feature wall with a bold wallpaper design that is away from the bath/shower and therefore less likely to come into contact with too much steam? In the same way, maybe you could consider using wallpaper in a cloakroom bathroom that only has a toilet and basin, where you are unlikely to generate enough (if any) steam to do any damage.
There are wallpapers available that have been specifically designed for use in the bathroom. It isn’t possible to make them 100% resistant to water, but the technology is available to create wallpaper that is designed to better handle the effects of moisture. You can also get special varnishes that will help to protect your wallpaper by creating a seal to prevent steam getting in.
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