Wallpaper is about as divisive as cilantro—you either love it, or you can’t imagine how it could ever be appealing. After decades of formal, stuffy patterns and loud ’80s prints, wallpaper still gets a bad rep. But wallpaper is actually making a comeback in a big way, thanks to better technology, water-resistant materials and fashion-forward patterns. It’s a less expensive alternative to architectural alterations, and it offers a big impact with less effort than painting.
Consider the many quick and inexpensive ways a little pop of color or pattern might transform your bathroom from a utilitarian space to a luxurious one.
Go bold: Bold prints keep your space from looking too much like grandma’s house. Even small spaces can benefit from big patterns that are great accents to pre-existing tiling, which breaks up an otherwise overwhelming pattern and keeps the look fresh.
Think in black and white: Whether you’re drawn to traditional decor or looking for something a little more modern, there’s a black and white pattern for you. From chevron stripes to geometric prints and everything in between, black and white makes a big impact and blends seamlessly with any number of accent colors you may already have in the mix.
Get graphic: Strategically placed graphic prints can create a great focal point in your bathroom. Maybe it’s just one wall that you’ve plastered with images of your favorite getaway to open up a small space, or a retro glamour shot that keeps your boudoir feeling ultra-luxe. These bold accents add visual interest to an otherwise sterile room.
Accent your architecture: Do you have a great window in your bathroom? How about a great vintage tub or gorgeous vanity? A printed wallpaper can provide the perfect backdrop for your favorite bathroom fixtures.
It’s time to get rid of any long-held prejudices you have against wallpaper. It’s an easy, cost-efficient bathroom upgrade, so don’t miss out on this returning trend.