6 tips for choosing wallpaper for your bathroom

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Wallpaper in the bathroom is not quite the usual finish. However, contrary to many stereotypes, such interiors are increasingly found on the Internet. According to experts, the main thing is to choose the right type of wallpaper. Is wallpapering a bathroom really economical? How long can such a finish last? How to properly glue wallpaper in the bath? What disadvantages can you face? You will find answers to these questions, as well as tips for choosing wallpaper for the bathroom, in this article.

For and against

As with any type of decoration, wallpapering has both advantages and disadvantages.

But in this case, it is imperative to take into account the specifics of the premises and operating conditions. Let’s start with the merits:

  • First of all, it is a really economical type of finishing. Even despite the fact that a square meter of tiles costs about the same as a high-quality roll of wallpaper, do not forget that in the latter case, you will cover a much larger part of the wall for the same funds. In addition, you do not have to spend additional funds on a large amount of adhesive and grout;
  • The ability to carry out finishing work yourself. You can glue the wallpaper even without experience, in contrast to laying the tiles yourself. And this, again, will reduce repair costs;
  • The speed of work. If desired, a small room can be pasted over in one day;

  • The ability to quickly change the interior. If you get bored with the finish, you can easily make adjustments by simply re-sticking the wallpaper. It is much easier to remove the canvases than to dismantle the old tile covering;
  • Maintainability. If permanent stains or scratches form on the surface over time, it is not necessary to completely re-stick the wallpaper. It is enough to carry out a partial replacement. Such a situation should be foreseen in advance and buy material with a small stock or not throw away the leftovers;
  • Decorativeness. The choice of colors, patterns and textures of wallpaper is very wide. This gives you a lot of freedom to fulfill your fantasies and select the ideal material;

  • And of course, the interior itself, where wallpaper is used, looks warmer and more comfortable.

Now about the disadvantages:

  • The main problem is the increased susceptibility of the base paper to moisture. Over time, it will saturate the liquid in itself and the canvases can simply move away from the walls in whole strips. Such consequences can be avoided by choosing wallpaper on a non-woven basis;
  • An improperly selected adhesive can change color over time under the influence of moisture and appear on the surface in the form of noticeable yellow spots. This is solved by purchasing a special waterproof wallpaper glue;

  • Even if you have taken into account the above, we recommend that you refrain from gluing wallpaper in places of possible contact with water. Namely – above the sink and near the bath. Not a single wallpaper can withstand regular watering. This leads to the need to use a combined finish. For example, wallpaper + a small area covered with tiles.

As you can see, there are drawbacks, but they can be avoided.

Vinyl wallpapers

This type of coating is very often used for finishing wet rooms.

The vinyl layer reliably resists moisture. However, when choosing, we recommend paying attention first of all to the base material. Vinyl wallpapers are of two types:

  • Vinyl on paper base;
  • Vinyl on a non-woven base.

The latter option is more expensive, but more preferable, since the base will not gradually swell. Vinyl wallpaper can withstand regular contact with water and retain its original appearance for several years. The polymer layer is so strong and waterproof that to dismantle the canvases it has to be cut in order to be able to soak the base. They also stand up well to cleaning.

The disadvantages of the coating include their absolute airtightness. Damp rooms can create a greenhouse effect.

Cork wallpaper

An excellent solution for decorating a bathroom would be to use cork wallpaper.

They have many advantages:

  • Hygiene. Mold, fungi and harmful microorganisms do not form on their surface, which is very important for this room;
  • The cork is not subject to decay;
  • The material provides a high level of thermal insulation, which can be a key point when decorating corner, cold rooms;
  • Waterproof. Cork wallpaper is the only type of coating that can be pasted over directly above the bathtub or washbasin;
  • Elasticity. What is important when decorating premises in a new house that have not yet passed the shrinkage stage. Tile will crack easily and begin to peel off from the base under such conditions, cork will not.

The disadvantages include the high cost of material and difficult installation. But those who have already tested such a coating on their own experience note that the interior is calm and cozy, and it is very comfortable to be in the room.

Glass fiber

A feature of this type of coating is that the canvases are formed from glass filaments of various thicknesses.

And as you know, glass does not absorb moisture. The composition is completely natural – quartz sand + clay + limestone. In addition, the coating has the following advantages:

  • Wear resistance;
  • Hygiene – fungus and mold do not form on their surface;
  • Resistance to chemicals;
  • Resistance to mechanical damage;
  • The possibility of repeated repainting;
  • The presence of a beautiful texture on the surface.

The disadvantages of the coating include its high cost and some limitations in the choice of the shape of the relief.

Two types of fiberglass are available to buyers:

  • A cobweb is a thin coating, the surface of which has no pattern. It is often used for finishing the ceiling, but it is also suitable for pasting smooth walls. In addition, the spider web additionally strengthens the surface of the base, increases the strength of the paint layer and gives the walls the effect of a marble surface;

  • Fiberglass – denser, with a pronounced texture and decorative pattern. Designed for painting with water-based or latex compositions.

This finish can last for several decades.

Washable wallpaper

The decorative surface of such canvases is covered with a special protective transparent film.

Thanks to this, the wallpaper is:

  • resistant to moisture;
  • can be cleaned of various contaminants with a damp sponge and soap solution or mild detergents;
  • not susceptible to the formation of mold and mildew on the surface;
  • tolerate direct contact with water for a long time.

Also, the protective layer protects the wallpaper from premature delamination. This is the best budget-friendly way to decorate your bathroom. Moreover, the variety of designs will pleasantly surprise you.


In fact, self-adhesive wallpaper is nothing more than a PVC film.

This type of coating is also moisture resistant and very easy to maintain. In addition, self-adhesive has a low cost and is quite easy to stick. The disadvantages of the material include:

  • a small variety of colors, most of which imitate the texture and shade of natural wood;
  • the need for careful leveling and preparation of the base;
  • not all self-adhesive wallpapers have a reliable adhesive layer, so over time they can peel off;

  • for the same reason, self-adhesive can only be glued onto a thoroughly primed, clean and dust-free surface.

If your walls meet all of the above requirements, and the color of the wallpaper suits you, then this is a very acceptable finish for a bathroom or toilet.

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