May. 23 2024

How to pull off wallpaper in your powder room: 2024 wallpaper inspiration

by Haley Carroll

Versatile, durable, and beautiful – there are so many reasons to incorporate wallpaper into your home. The popularity of this wallcovering has ebbed and flowed throughout the years, but around 2021, it came back in a big way-and it looks like the love for this design element isn’t going anywhere.

Making your home feel completely personalized to you, and not being afraid of using color, pattern, and texture to do so, is now one of the most popular trends in interior design. Whether that’s achieved through eclectic maximalism or using neutral, natural textures and tones is completely up to you.

The benefits of using wallpaper in your bathroom

Nervous to commit to the strong statement wallpaper makes? Think about starting small – with an accent wall, or wallpapering a small room in your home . . . how about the powder room?

The bathroom is a self-contained space, so you won’t have to worry about the pattern matching every other room in your home perfectly.

The wallpaper can also make the experience of using a petite bathroom a whole lot more enjoyable – by helping the user to feel like they are stepping into a new little world. Wallpaper often has a tropical, whimsical, or dream-destination theme. You can also choose a wallpaper that evokes a certain feeling – such as the introspection that dark, moody colors bring or the energy and playfulness that a funky pattern will inspire.

How to choose the right wallpaper for your bathroom

bird bathroom wallpaper

  1. Determine the vibe and design style you’re going for.

Think about the ambience you want your wallpaper to add to the room, and the overall look you want the room to emulate. If you don’t know what your design style is, it’s time to figure it out! Take our quiz to get started, and research the different design styles out there to find the terms to describe yours – interior designers are also a great help in translating your preferences into perfect design plans.

Once you know what your style is, get inspired by others who share the same design preferences. Pinterest, Houzz, and general Google searches can unlock a treasure trove of inspiration, as well as the classic interior design magazines, such as House Beautiful and Elle Decor.

  1. Consider the amount of natural light in the room.

How much light the room gets will have a major influence on how a particular wallpaper will look in the space. If the room gets tons of natural light, you can opt for wallpaper with light or dark tones without worrying if it will make the room feel too dim. However, if you aren’t working with a lot of natural light, you may want to be wary of putting a dark shade on the walls; unless a dim, moody space is what you’re going for (which can be a valid stylistic decision – but will pose challenges if it’s hard for people to see in there).

  1. Think about the room’s color scheme.

If you already have an idea of the other elements that will be in the bathroom, such as the tile, vanity color, countertop, and accessories, you’ll want wallpaper that fits into that color scheme well. Whether you want the wallcovering to complement or contrast the other features should be taken into account.

  1. Pick quality paper and decide your installation method.

Wallpaper is an investment, and cutting corners by purchasing the cheaper variety will leave you with regrets. Inexpensive wallpaper is often problematic to apply and won’t last as long – it can get faded from the sun and won’t be able to stand up to everyday wear and tear.

Pro Tip

The less seams, the better. If you’re wallpapering a wide wall, try to select a wallpaper with a width that will allow for as few seams as possible. It can be difficult to ensure the patterns line up perfectly on wallpaper columns.


You may want to hire professionals for the installation as well. What sounds like a fun weekend project can quickly spiral out of hand if you’re not experienced. If you work with a design-build firm like Innovative Home Renovations, you’ll have experts guiding you through every step of the way; every minute design decision and all of the construction will be overseen by your team.

Ready to add flair and interest to your powder rooms walls? Check out the wallpaper trends below to help you get started on your journey to finding the perfect covering for your walls.

2024 bathroom wallpaper inspiration

For those who adore cottage core

cottagecore 2 wallpaper-1

Flora and fauna have long been featured on wallpaper designs, and they remain on-trend. If you enjoy whimsical scenes of beautiful flowers and elegant animals, then lean into the cottage core aesthetic to create a woodland fairytale in your bathroom.

Here are 3 Snow White-approved wallpapers:

Classic stripes reimagined

Stripes Wallpaper

Vertical and horizontal stripes are both wallpaper classics, but now they’re getting refreshed. By adding curves, texture, and varying colors and widths, these patterns are anything but plain.

Here are 3 novel takes on stripes:

Retro, but make it boho

boho retro wallpaper

If you don’t want to go completely “far our” with your wallpaper look, you could choose a wallpaper with that incorporates a softer, more natural feel as well. A retro bohemian style isn’t confined to sourcing from one particular decade, but instead focuses on breathing new life into vintage pieces and design features and incorporating earthy elements into the mix.

Here are 3 wallpaper examples that would please any modern hippie:

Add artistic flair

artistic mural wallpaper

Large, loose prints are becoming ever more popular, as people seek to create rooms that look one-of-a-kind. Many impressive artists are now putting their talents to creating murals and large abstract pieces. Coming in both bold and muted colors, this style of wallpaper is great for a contemporary space.

Here are 3 wallpapers that could be considered modern art:

Lean into dark drama

Moody wallpaper

Many moody design styles have been taking over – Grand Millennial, Dark Academia, and Muted Maximalism all lean into grand, ornate influences with deep rich tones. Modern elements are mixed with opulent, baroque features.

If you want your powder room to have the vibe of a dark library, here are 3 wallpaper to consider:

Marvelous monochrome

Ostrich wallpaper

Taking notes from old fashioned photography, sticking to a black and white wallpaper or one that uses sepia tones is a great option for subdued elegance. As another way to incorporate neutral colors or subtle earth tones into your space, this is perfect for someone who wants a less dramatic option.

Here are 3 wallpapers that don’t need dramatic colors to be beautiful:

Get the perfect power room (or a complete home transformation) with IHR

There are many parts and pieces that require professional expertise when it come to remodeling your Settle home. When you partner with Innovative Home Renovations, we are there to help you through every step of the way, from designing a space that reflects your true design style to building you dream home with quality, care, reliability. Contact a project manager today to get started.

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