These Bathrooms Make a Great Case for Installing Wallpaper

Bathroom Design: Can I Use Wallpaper? Nash-Painting

These Bathrooms Make a Great Case for Installing Wallpaper
Mar 17 , 2020 Nash Painting

Above all, bathrooms are meant to be functional. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect the aesthetic of your bathrooms. After all, you, your family, and your guests will spend plenty of time in these spaces, and that time is better spent in a welcoming atmosphere. The question is, how exactly should you design your bathroom?

Trends come and go, especially in the realm of interior design. Not too long ago, wallpaper dominated most rooms in American homes. Some argue that wall coverings are making a comeback.

Whether or not that’s true, you might consider wallpaper for your interiors, including your bathrooms. So, can you make wallpaper work for your bathrooms? In short, yes, you can.

But there are many considerations you must make before deciding to cover your bathroom walls rather than paint them.

Challenges with Bathroom Wallpaper

home interior painting, installing and maintaining wallpaper can be challenging in any space, but these tasks are even more difficult in bathrooms. Why? Simply put, full bathrooms deal with a lot of moisture and heat on a regular basis, both of which are Kryptonite for wallpaper.

Inside a full bathroom, water vapor often lingers in the humid air and sticks to surfaces. Additionally, water droplets can get splashed around during baths and showers.

And in worst-case scenarios, faulty pipes can allow water to leak and seep into the walls, floor, and ceiling. No matter how the moisture gets there, enough of it will eventually cause any wallpaper to lose its adhesion and peel away.

Excess moisture can also lead to wallpaper discoloration and facilitate the growth of mold and mildew.

Rising internal temperatures from hot showers and baths can also lead to peeling wallpaper. The warm air causes surfaces to expand, and as it cools down, they contract. This movement can loosen the bond of wallpaper in your bathroom.

Of course, heat and moisture aren’t as big of a concern in half-baths or powder rooms. Still, water from the sink always poses some threat to your wallpaper.

Making Wallpaper Work in Your Bathroom

Noting the challenges outlined above, you might wonder if it’s worth it or even possible to make wallpaper part of your bathroom design. Whether or not it’s worth it is ultimately up to you, but you can indeed make it work. In fact, there are lots of ways to utilize wallpaper in your bathroom. Let’s go over some design ideas and tips for making your wallpaper last.

A Little Goes a Long Way

Wallpaper doesn’t have to cover every inch of your bathroom’s walls, and in most cases, it shouldn’t. Consider using wallpaper sparingly instead. For one thing, using less wallpaper makes it easier to maintain these portions of your bathroom.

But in terms of design, you can make your bathroom stand out by strategically installing wallpaper in certain areas.

For instance, you might create an accent wall behind the main mirror to emphasize this space as the focal point, or you might divide a jack-and-jill bathroom using wallpaper.

Use the Right Stuff

Not all wallpaper is created equal. If you plan on putting wallpaper in your bathroom, look for products that are waterproof and use mold-proof wallpaper primer and paste during installation. Once installed, it’s also worth applying a layer of moisture- and heat-resistant varnish on top to prevent peeling and staining.

Optimize Your Bathroom for Wallpaper Maintenance

Just because your bathroom deals with a lot of water and steam doesn’t mean you can’t mitigate these elements. Make sure your bathroom is well-ventilated so air can escape during showers and baths. Make sure fans are clean and operational, open doors and windows when possible, etc.

Keep it Clean

Finally, regardless of whether you hire interior painting services or go with wallpaper (or both), proper maintenance is key if you want to keep your bathroom in good shape and looking its best.

Make sure you dust your wallpaper on a weekly basis and also wash it every month or two using a soft sponge, dish soap, and warm water. Afterward, dry it with a microfiber cloth.

Keeping your wallpaper clean and dry will help prevent peeling, discoloration, mold, and other forms of decay.

Bathroom Wallpaper: The Verdict

Can you use wallpaper in your bathrooms? Yes! Just remember that you don’t need to go overboard. Use wallpaper to enhance certain features and/or portions of the space. And, if you do decide to hang wallpaper in your bathroom, remember that moisture and heat always pose a threat to its condition, and take the proper steps to reduce these factors.

If you need assistance hanging wallpaper, removing wallpaper, and/or painting your bathroom and other areas of your home, Nash Painting can help. We’re proud Nashville painters with a commitment to quality and our community. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!


These Bathrooms Make a Great Case for Installing Wallpaper

These Bathrooms Make a Great Case for Installing Wallpaper

Design: Emily Henderson Design, Photo: Tessa Neustadt

Wallpaper is one of those design choices that we somehow always forget to consider. It might make a huge design impact, but by and large, wallpaper is an unsung hero of the design world. It's probably all thanks to its outdated reputation for being sticky and difficult to apply. 

But before you assume the worst of wallpaper, know that it's come a long way in recent years: the designs are much more modern and diverse, plus peel-and-stick varieties make the process much more streamlined.

While you might feel intimidated by wallpapering your massive living room, there's a much smaller and easier place to start: your bathroom. Yes, your bathroom can be (and should be) chic too.

With a little pop of print and color, wallpapers can transform the space into a mecca of cheerful design. 

Not sure where to start on your wallpapering journey? We rounded up 16 of our favorites. From subtle faux tiling to bright and busy floral designs, here are our favorite ideas for adding wallpaper to your bathroom.

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Not entirely sure if you want to wallpaper your entire space? Start small. Go for a just the top half of a powder room (thanks to some strategically-placed wainscoting). Want even less of a commitment? You could try a faux backsplash that’s cut to just the size of your counter space.

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If you’re the kind of person who loves nothing more than mixed metals in your home decor, go for a metallic wallpaper print. The shiny material will look you spent hours gold foiling a pattern onto the walls — but your guests don’t need to know its just a peel-and-stick wallpaper moment.

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When we typically think of wallpaper, it’s easy to imagine the overtly floral in-your-face designs from your grandmother’s house in the 1990s. But wallpaper has come so far in recent years.

If you’re not all about the big and bold designs, fear not; it’s easy to find a design that’s just as simplistic and easy-going as your design style.

We love the muted pink tones of this geometric design.

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Then again, if you’re not afraid to go with a bold print, we love the idea of bringing a fresh design into the space. This wallpaper is the kind you might typically associate with kitchens, but the lemon-yellow color brings a level of blissful joy to getting ready as well. 

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Not all of us are lucky enough to have a vanity space in our bathrooms, but if you are, it’s the perfect area to wallpaper. This mix of the bamboo stool, white cabinetry and soft tan wallpaper creates a peaceful moment that’s exactly what you want from your morning makeup routine.

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While we love a clean, white design for small spaces, there’s something to be said about bringing in a dose of color too. What this bathroom lacks in square footage it makes up for in personality, straight from the brass details to the whicker frame and the pineapple walls. 

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Blue is an incredibly calming color, but instead of just painting your wall a soft shade of blue-gray, try incorporating a robin's egg blue-hued wallpaper that gives you a little oomf. Coordinate with minimal accessories and a few live plants, and there’s almost nothing quite as soothing. Welcome to zen.

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If your bathroom decor is otherwise black and white, we love incorporating a pop of color in the form of unexpected wallpaper. This one adds maximum style with minimal effort, given that the wallpaper only covers the top third of the wall and it’s made with peel-and-stick technology for easier application.

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Whereas paint can instantly upgrade a room with color, wallpaper has the ability to add so much texture, whether that’s fake wood or a silky floral. Here, the blue tiling looks it took days to lay out and adhere to the wall — but, no no, it’s just a 2D wallpaper design that can be installed in hours. 

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Some might feel limited by the feminine feeling wallpaper tends to bring a room. But there are plenty of ways to incorporate a more masculine design using paper as well. Here, the black industrial details coordinate seamlessly with the orange and cream hexagonal print.

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For many people, bathrooms are more than just a place to wash off and get ready for the day. For some, it’s a place of total relaxation. And if you have a gorgeous bathtub (AKA the perfect place for said relaxation), you might as well frame the space with wallpaper that incorporates a spa- print.

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Working with a large space? Lucky you. Highlight the depth by accenting one wall with a dynamic wallpaper design. It’ll look a piece of art — especially if you keep everything else in the room clutter-free and simplistic.

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If you’re not afraid to embrace the classic grandma aesthetic of wallpaper, this print is for you. The eclectic floral design pair well with the vintage-inspired green tub — all in a way that reads very 70's without feeling dated.

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Why yes, it is possible to have water-resistant tiling without the outrageous cost of tiling your entire bathroom from floor to ceiling. This farmhouse tiled print is water resistant so you can rest safe knowing that it’ll hold up when you inevitably splash a little water here and there. 

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Luxury doesn’t always come with a high price tag. If you’re looking to ball on a budget in your bathroom, it’s a three step process. First, cover your countertops with marble contact paper for a shiny new surface.

Second, switch out the lighting fixtures for chandeliers and sconces that look much more expensive. And finally, go for scalloped wallpaper treatment that looks something you might find in an upscale restaurant.

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The 13 Renter-Friendly Hacks We Swear By (and Have Done Ourselves)

These Bathrooms Make a Great Case for Installing Wallpaper
photo by tessa neustadt | from: brady’s living room refresh

I can think of about 10 pros that come with renting and all of them have to do with not being responsible for home maintenance. As a “temporary” lodger, it is technically not my fault when the garbage disposal breaks or windows start leaking when it rains.

When that happens, I call up Mr. Landlord and say “We’ve got a problem that’s really your problem so please come fix it”. This lack of responsibility is one big reason why I’ve been a renter for 7 years now and will be for the foreseeable future. And yet, there can be no pros without a few cons.

My apartment is temporary no matter how long I plan to stay, so I can’t go around breaking down walls or ripping up the tile in the bathroom. And even if I could, my bank account would suffer, and I’d be a dummy for spending so much time and money on something that is not mine. Herein lies the plight of us renters.

We deserve a home we love but at what cost? What’s worth it to upgrade and what are we doomed to live with?

Over the years EHD has done the work in figuring out just that. These are tried and true hacks that are mostly low cost, low maintenance but always guaranteed to make you and your rental happier together. Grab your hard hats and let’s get started with the lowest lift…

Replace That Old (or Boring) Hardware

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: sara’s living room & dining room reveal

This is the most low-lift yet impactful hack out there and happens to be a classic EHD design move. We encourage replacing doorknobs, cabinet pulls, towel racks, dresser knobs, switch plates, you name it.

It can be very affordable and the best way to change up the style on a piece of furniture or in a room. All you need is a screwdriver and the hardware of your choice and you’re in business.

Look at you go! Recently, Sara did this (above) with her Ikea entry cabinet and it upgraded a plain piece of furniture to have a modern Scandinavian feel.

If you are in the market here are some ones we love:

1. Brass Hexagon Knobs | 2. Patton Cabinet Knob | 3. Leather Drawer Handles  | 4. Gwyneth Handle | 5. Brushed Brass Cabinet Handles | 6. Villa Towel Hook

Painting (We Promise It’s Worth It)

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: arlyn’s moody dining room reveal

There is a reason we talk extensively about paint colors around here. Being trapped within walls that are not your ideal color is depressing. Luckily, this is a pretty easy fix and hiring help is not necessary.

You will ly need permission from your landlord to do this (or, some of us rebels maintain the philosophy that it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission). As long as you paint it back to the same color before you move out, you should be in the clear.

I mean look at the transformation Arlyn’s dining room made with a coat of paint (WHAT?!)

P.S. A bunch of paint companies are delivering paint cans right to your door. Head to this post to see which ones are our favorites.

Install Temporary Wallpaper For A Hint Of Personality

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: a home office makeover with threshold removable wallpaper

Removable wallpaper is alive and well, my friends, and good thing because it can add so much charm and intrigue to your rental. We love adding temporary wallpaper and murals in nooks or small spaces because it can make the space pop. Also, it can create the perception of different “zones” even in the smallest spaces if you don’t cover every wall.

photo by: sara ligorria-tramp | from: a romantic glam bedroom reveal

We aren’t going to lie, wallpaper can be labor-intensive, but nowadays there are some great options out there that are easy to install and remove. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Vintage Blue Bird and Leaves Wallpaper | 2. Buffalo Plaid Peel & Stick Wallpaper | 3. Orange Crush Wallpaper | 4. Garden Mural | 5. Lollipop Floral Peel & Stick Wallpaper | 6. Green House Print Wallpaper

Or Make your own wallpaper using pages from a vintage book

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This reminds me of my childhood bedroom except my makeshift wallpaper strategy was cutting out pictures from fashion magazines and pasting them all over my walls.

I am thrilled to discover that there is an adult version of this. I can imagine recreating this look with vintage botanical guides, drawing books, magazines, or postcards.

The best part is you can simply use double-sided tape or even putty to avoid doing harm to the walls.

Install Window Treatments That You Love

photo: by sara ligorria-tramp |from: julie’s huge (and diy packed) bedroom upgrade

Window treatments don’t feel necessary (especially if you have blinds that came with the space).

But we PROMISE that installing curtains or roman shades Julie did will make your house feel a home. It feels a magical transformation.

Now, most of the time it’s very doable to find affordable options but sometimes you might need to go custom (weird windows), but if you can swing it will make all the difference. And if knowing how to hang them is holding you back, we’ve got you.

O and if privacy/sleep is REALLY important to you, then we really recommend blackout shades.

Replace Those Ugly Light Fixtures To Light You Up

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: reveal: arlyn’s bright & happy rental living room makeover photo by tessa neustadt | from: house tour: mel’s new place makes us want to declutter immediately

This is a more advanced move and we advise acquiring the help of an electrician unless you are confident in your wiring abilities.

But do not skip this step if you can help it because it’s so impactful. I mean talk about a custom looking home. Do yourself a favor and replace that chandelier from 1985 that you can’t stand to look at.

It’s worth the labor and you can always bring your light fixtures with you when you move (just make sure to save the original one to reinstall).

Hot Tip

If you have an exposed hanging cord, wrap it in twine or some patterned fabric.

1. Saucedo 1 – Light Single Geometric Pendant | 2. Tangent Pendant | 3. Tiered Drum Pendant| 4. Modern Globe Pendant Ceiling Light Brass | 5. Mitzi Margot Single Light 12″ Wide Plug-In Pendant | 6. Elegant Lighting LD2251 Keller Single Light 15″ Wide Pendant

Ugly Floors? Install Peel & Stick Vinyl Tile

photo by tessa neustadt | from: brady’s kitchen reveal

Remember Brady’s insanely affordable vinyl floor hack?? It cost under $50. No, I am not kidding.

And guys, this kitchen is so good looking you’ll be shocked that it is a rental and you’ll be even more shocked by the before pictures ( I mean, right?!). The best part is if you follow his steps you don’t have to touch the original tile at all.

It basically entails measuring the space and putting down tile “stickers”. Here are some more of our favorites:

1. Vinyl Floor Tile Sticker | 2. Nexus Self Adhesive | 3. Carrara Hexagon Peel and Stick Tile | 4. Self-Adhesive Decorative and Removable Vinyl Tile | 5. Simple Elegance Losas Mosaic Vinyl Tile | 6. White, Grey, Slate Stellar Tile

Replace Outdated, Grimey Faucets

photo by zeke ruelas | from: brady gives a refresh to his vintage bathroom

This step might seem intimidating but thanks to there are thousands of videos that can walk you through it, step by step. And the labor is worth it. I personally love a matte black or brass faucet and the difference they make in an otherwise run-down bathroom or kitchen.

You can also go the route that Brady did and overhaul the whole sink, toilet, and mirror with your landlord’s permission. But unless you plan to spend years in your rental (which Brady has), it’s not the most financially sound option.

1. Single Hole Bathroom Faucet | 2. Dia Widespread Lavatory Faucet, Brushed Bronze | 3. Kohler Tempered 1.2 GPM Widespread Bathroom Faucet | 4. Kohler Purist Widespread Bathroom Faucet  | 5. Yaquina Cross Handle Faucet | 6. Avanity Positano 1.2 GPM Widespread Bathroom Faucet 

Replace Toilet Seat Cover (Easy, Peasy)

We love any easy bathroom hack because rental bathrooms don’t get enough love and respect. If your bathroom is your least favorite place to visit, you probably are not giving it the attention that it deserves (she says to herself…).

Replacing the toilet seat is so simple to do (plus was an EHD 2020 bathroom trend prediction) and the act itself will feel a small step towards more self-care. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of self-care, you can get real fancy and install a bidet, too. Both Jess and Bowser love theirs.

There are some great, affordable options out there that some of us have and love love love.

Install A Pretty Countertop Cover

photo by: sara ligorria-tramp | from: jess’ moto: you have to see how she hacked her rental kitchen with diys

Who could forget Jess’ DIY countertop cover?? She used alder plywood and employed the help of her very handy dad to create this stunning and chic cover (inspired by Sarah Lonsdale) and it immediately modernized the space. Though she had some assistance, it’s a pretty straightforward process and if you are curious, be sure to head to her kitchen reveal for all the deets. In fact, head there no matter what because the whole kitchen is SO good and full of tons of other renter-friendly hacks.

Remove Cabinet Doors To Create Instant Open Shelving

Jess’ rental kitchen happened to come without closed cabinet storage up top, but seeing this photo reminded us that this can easily be done in any kitchen. Removing cabinet doors can open up your space and give you an opportunity to display all your favorite kitchenware (and could be a unique place to sneak in some art).

Hot Tip

To make the inside of your cabinets display ready, paint or use removable wallpaper for a solid glow up.

Install A Temporary Backsplash

design by anita yokota

Backsplashes are sadly overlooked in rentals. We generally don’t replace kitchen backsplash tile because of the time, energy, and money that it requires.

That’s a job for homeowners, we say! But, this is not to suggest that you are destined to be stuck with ugly backsplash tile or no backsplash at all. Tile is not the only option for backsplashes.

Take it from Anita Yokota (who you might remember from this #ShowEmYourDIY post) who installed Rebecca Atwood wallpaper to make her backsplash pop. (Also, take a closer look at the countertop…it’s contact paper! Another countertop that is super affordable ( $40 affordable))

We also love this scalloped backsplash by Matilda Goad (which you may remember from yesterday’s post).

She tested it out with carboard and when she felt satisfied with the look she turned to a local stonemason and had them cut out the shape in a granite slab that matched the countertop.

This might be advanced for a rental, but in hopes that one of you might be able to come up with something just as intriguing I had to share.

Can’t Make Any Holes In Your Walls?Try these…

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: sara’s tv room reveal

Drilling 50 different holes into your wall to create the perfect gallery wall is not advised, but we certainly understand that it happens. I said before, sometimes it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission.

But might I suggest an alternative: Take notes from Sara’s TV room and even opt to hang art unframed as one way to avoid the drill (hint: she used putty). It’ll save you money and the time replastering holes when your lease is up and happens to look really cool. Win win, my friends.

But whether you want to use a frame or not, here are our favorite damage free, no hole making, picture hanging tools:

1. Command Medium-Sized Wire Toggle Hooks | 2. Large Black Command Picture Hanging Strips | 3. Mounting Squares | 4. Scotch Mounting | 5. Quakehold! | 6. Large White Command Picture Hanging Strips

Alright, that is all I have for now. I hope if you are in a rental (or even not) that you feel that making your home feel more yours is very possible. And if you are very DIY minded, have you done any of these hacks in your own rental? Are there any other rental-friendly tricks that we missed?? Tell me everything.

Opener Image Credit: Photo by: Tessa Neustadt | from: Brady’s living room refresh


How to Kill and Prevent Bathroom Mold

These Bathrooms Make a Great Case for Installing Wallpaper

If you’ve never experienced bathroom mold, perhaps you aren’t looking deep enough into the corners of your bathroom.

It’s one of the most common problems in any house; it’s also one of the easiest to prevent and cure — as long as you haven’t let it get hand.

“Bathroom mold occurs primarily because mold loves damp, dark, isolated spaces,” says Larry Vetter of Vetter Environmental Services in Smithtown, N.Y. “Typically, a bathtub, shower, or entire bathroom remains damp enough for mold growth just from showering or bathing.”

Common Causes of Bathroom Mold

  • Lingering moisture caused by lack of ventilation
  • Leaky toilets, sinks, and plumbing pipes
  • Damp cellulose materials such as rugs, paper products, wood, wallpaper, grout, drywall, and fabric

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So how do you know if you have a mold problem? Matt Cinelli, owner/operator of AERC Removals in North Attleboro, Mass., says, “If you can see it or smell it, you’ve got it.”

Finding the Mold in Your Bathroom

Bathroom mold isn’t always obvious. Check out hidden areas, such as under sinks, access doors to shower and bath fixtures, around exhaust fans, even in crawl spaces and basements underneath bathrooms.

“It could be starting in the bathroom but actually forming in another room,” says Cinelli, adding that lack of proper ventilation is the biggest culprit for mold growth.

Preventing Mold

The best defense is preventing mold from occurring in the first place. Yashira Feliciano, director of housekeeping for Conrad Conado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, offers the following tips for keeping mold your bathroom:

  • Use your bathroom ventilation fan when you shower or bathe, and leave it on for 30 minutes following the end of your bath; if you don’t have an exhaust fan, install one.
  • Keep household humidity levels below 50%; an air conditioner or dehumidifier can help.
  • Use a mildew-resistant shower curtain, and wash or replace it frequently.
  • Don’t keep bottles of shampoo or shower gel, toys, or loofahs in the shower, as they provide places for mold to grow and hide.
  • Wash your bathroom rugs frequently.

Getting Rid of Mold

What do you do if mold growth is already a problem? As long as the infestation isn’t large, you can take remedial measures yourself:

  • Strip away and replace any caulking or sealant that has mold growth.
  • Clean your bathroom with mold-killing products, such as bleach, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide. Just don't mix those products; mixing can cause toxic reactions.
  • Open windows and doors while cleaning to provide fresh air and help dry out the mold.

If you have a problem area bigger than 10 square feet, refer to guidelines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or call in a professional.

“When you see it creeping into walls and insulation, you need a professional,” says Cinelli, who notes that tearing out walls (which may be necessary for a big problem) can release mold spores into the rest of the house and create an even bigger issue.

“The idea is to kill it and then remove it,” he says. “And the most important thing is to figure out why you have it before you clean it up.”