Need Help with Wallpaper for Bathroom

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StephanieNguyen
StephanieNguyen Posts: 54

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edited July 2 in Design Questions

I am obsessed with the idea of using wallpaper to elevate my dark (and drab) half bathroom. The walls were painted a deep purple by the previous homeowners and the best way to describe the space is "cave like" due to the color. It's just not my style! After seeing this roundup of the best wallpapered bathroom redos, I'm feeling even more inspired to kick start this project — but I don't know where to start!

Would love some wallpaper brand recommendations that are DIY friendly, as well as any tips you have for someone applying wallpaper for the first time. I have to do a skim coat to smooth the walls, so would love some advice on that, too!

Personally, I'm torn between going with a blue color scheme (it's my favorite color!) or lean into the original color (purple) but in a much lighter shade or just hints of it in the wallpaper's design.

Any help is much appreciated!

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  • MeganBakerDetloff
    MeganBakerDetloff Posts: 87

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    edited May 28
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    disclaimer that I have never used any of this wallpaper myself but i simply LOVE the designs from rifle paper co. everything on their site is 25% off right now!

  • AdrienneBreaux
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    I have used rifle paper co. and I can recommend! I think what helped our installation, though, was that we picked a bold pattern that hides the many bumps and bubbles we accidentally left in. I don't really know what your preference for patterns is, but they have a blue colorway of the pattern I used, but I rather like these two blue options, too. (one and two). Or if you want to lean into purple but a bit more refined, try this burgundy one.

  • StephanieNguyen
    StephanieNguyen Posts: 54

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    @MeganBakerDetloff I love Rifle Paper Co.'s planners and patterns! Thank you for the rec and spotting the discount! I need to take a look!

  • MeganBakerDetloff
    MeganBakerDetloff Posts: 87

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    oooh @AdrienneBreaux the burgundy!!!! it's so pretty!

  • StephanieNguyen
    StephanieNguyen Posts: 54

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    @AdrienneBreaux Amazing! That's such a great tip. I LOVE the blue suggestions you gave. Thank you for your help!

  • CharliPenn
    CharliPenn Posts: 49

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    I've (successfully) used Tempaper many times throughout our home. I find it moderately easy to apply (with a little patience and a great playlist) and it lasts without damaging the wall or paint when you remove it. I love that they have fun patterns in multiple color options. You can search by blue patterns too! I say go blue, it's always such a mood in the bathroom.

  • MeganBakerDetloff
    MeganBakerDetloff Posts: 87

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    "what is your go-to bathroom color" should be our next poll… I also tend to go blue in mine, @CharliPenn

  • AmritaThakkar
    AmritaThakkar Posts: 18

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    No comments here except to cheer on Rifle Paper Co. because I love all their patterns!

  • SarahEverett
    SarahEverett Posts: 29

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    Hi @StephanieNguyen! Two-time peel-and-stick wallpaperer here. Like @CharliPenn, I'm a big fan of Tempaper, and I used this navy peony wallpaper in my bedroom and my entryway.



    (I actually found mine on a discount from Overstock.) I think my best advice is to use a Swiffer or similar to smooth out the top hard-to-reach corners. That, and just dust and clean the walls well so the peel-and-stick actually sticks. I can't wait to see what you pick!!

  • MeganBakerDetloff
    MeganBakerDetloff Posts: 87

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    @SarahEverett this is so smart!

  • DanielaAraya
    DanielaAraya Posts: 163
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    I love Rifle Paper's prints but I've never used their wallpaper. Good to know everyone loves them! I'm a Chasing Paper fan and use them for a lot of my design projects. IMO, the biggest thing is really making sure your walls are clean like @SarahEverett mentioned. Otherwise, make note of any uneven texture before you start. The skim coat is a very smart move!

  • StephanieNguyen
    StephanieNguyen Posts: 54

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    @SarahEverett love that wallpaper and how you used it in two spaces!

  • StephanieNguyen
    StephanieNguyen Posts: 54

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    @DanielaAraya I am obsessed with that dog wallpaper!! Is that Chasing Paper? 😍

  • StephanieNguyen
    StephanieNguyen Posts: 54

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    @DanielaAraya OMG!! Accurately named!!