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Can I Use Normal Wallpaper in a Bathroom?

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Can I Use Normal Wallpaper in a Bathroom

When it comes to redoing your bathroom, you want to make sure you do it right. Many homeowners wonder if normal wallpaper is okay to use in a bathroom. Installing wallpaper can be a lot of hard work. Installing the wrong type of wallpaper can lead to a lot of extra work.

Can I Use Normal Wallpaper in a Bathroom? Yes, it is safe to use normal wallpaper in the bathroom in most cases. Homes are designed to control the climate in the bathroom. In some cases, you should look for specific bathroom wallpaper. Overall, normal wallpaper works well and you shouldn’t have problems with it.

Homeowners worry about the durability of wallpaper in the bathroom due to the steam from the hot water in the shower. Wallpaper in the bathroom is also more likely to get wet than it is in other rooms. These factors concern homeowners who are considering wallpaper. In reality, these are not major problems.

What is Lingering Humidity?

One concern is lingering humidity. According to Total Wall Covering, this could cause the wallpaper to fall. In most bathrooms, the humidity from a shower does not linger. It goes away shortly after you turn the shower off. An exhaust fan can also help.

Do you have problems with lingering humidity? If you do, you should look for wallpaper specifically made for bathrooms. Normal wallpaper will not last as well in a bathroom with lingering humidity.

What Type of Wallpaper is Best for a Bathroom?

There are types of wallpaper made for bathrooms and kitchens. These are water-resistant. Many homeowners choose this type of wallpaper for bathrooms.

RoomMates Grasscloth Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Normal wallpaper can still be used in bathrooms. Wallpaper is manufactured differently than it was before. It is now more durable and can often be wiped clean. A little bit of water will not harm normal wallpaper. If you want to stay on the safe side, you can look for a bathroom or kitchen wallpaper. Normal wallpaper will work too. Vinyl wallpaper is specifically a good choice.

Keep in mind that there may be fewer options if you look for a bathroom or kitchen wallpaper. This can make the remodel difficult if you have a particular style in mind. To give yourself more options, you may want to use normal wallpaper.

Tips for Applying Wallpaper in a Bathroom

If you apply wallpaper in the bathroom, here are a few tips to make the process go smoothly.

  1. Consider applying colorless latex coating over the wallpaper. According to Wallpaper From the 70s, this can protect the wallpaper. This is helpful due to humidity and water in the bathroom.
  2. Try using dispersion adhesive in addition to regular wallpaper adhesive. Another option is to use dispersion adhesive instead of wallpaper adhesive. This can help to ensure the wallpaper sticks.
  3. Think about using wallpaper as an accent. Some homeowners only apply wallpaper to one wall. This can be a great accent. Stick wallpaper on a wall opposite the shower or bath to help with steam and water.
  4. Create a border with wallpaper. You can make a wallpaper border around a mirror. This can save you the trouble of wallpapering a whole bathroom. Plus, it is a unique way to change up your bathroom.

Why Should You Use Wallpaper in a Bathroom?

If you do not want to spend a lot of money on a bathroom remodel, wallpaper is a good choice. It is more affordable than tile. It can be easier to apply than paint. Plus, there are lots of wallpaper options available. You can find a variety of patterns and colors.

Wallpaper is easy to change out as needed. If your style changes, you can make a quick change. There is little commitment with wallpaper. The affordable cost helps with this too.

Where to Buy Wallpaper

There are many places to buy wallpaper. Home improvement stores offer wallpaper. Some home goods stores and paint stores sell wallpaper too. Online stores will give you lots of options too.

Be sure to check on the return policy for wallpaper. This is helpful in case you buy the wrong color, size, or type for the bathroom. The store associates may be able to give you advice on the application too. You might find guarantees on application or longevity of wallpaper.


You can install wallpaper in a bathroom without issues. To be on the safe side, you might choose a wet bathroom wallpaper or kitchen wallpaper. This offers extra protection from water and steam. Vinyl wallpaper can work well too. Wallpaper is a great accent for any room in your home. It can be a great way to remodel a bathroom without breaking the bank.

For more information about how to wallpaper a bathroom, please read: 5 Steps to Installing Wallpaper

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Photo: RoomMates Grasscloth Peel and Stick Wallpaper

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