6 Reasons to Use Wallpaper in a Small Bathroom

04/02/2015 10:00 am ET | Updated Jun 02, 2015

If there's one space that wallpaper with bold patterns or bright colors is suited for, it's the powder room! When design options are limited by tight quarters, minimal furnishings and no windows, wallpaper is the perfect solution to make a statement. While the reasons to use wallpaper are many, here, six top interior designers tell us why they like to use wallpaper in the powder room.


1. To Make a Quick Transformation Without a Major Investment. "Incorporating wallpaper in a space is one of the quickest and more inexpensive ways of making a dramatic difference, and people are usually thrilled with the instant transformation. I love to use wallpaper for powder rooms because it's the perfect place to make a splash without feeling like you are overcommitting to something too dramatic in a large space." - Susana Simonpietri, Chango & Co.

Mamounia Petite, Martyn Lawrence Bullard Wallpaper (price upon request) // Reuil Auxiliary Table, Alfonso Marina (price upon request) // Pair of Vintage Mirrors, Anyon Design ($2,500)


2. To Try Something Bold. "Small intimate spaces are a perfect place to use a bold pattern or interesting color that might be overwhelming in a larger space. I like to go for graphic, interesting shapes with high contrast or diverse color combinations to give a little bathroom a personality all its own." - Jeff Andrews, Jeff Andrews - Design

RAM-35 Tangled Cotta, Kneedler|Fauchère Wallcoverings (price upon request) // Hudson Side Table, Jayson Home ($750) // DANIELE Chandelier from Baroncelli via Decorex International ($15,710)


3. To Make a Design Statement. "This wallpaper was a fabulous find and gave this powder room its signature look, accentuating the already great bones of the space. The goal for this project, a 1920s era mansion set on 16 acres, was to give every room a feeling of belonging and make the most of the natural light and the beautiful views of the grounds."- Robert Couturier, Robert Couturier & Associates

Sultan's Trellis Wallpaper, Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher (price upon request) // Amethyst Star Light, Charles Spada (price upon request) // Desiree Mirror by Luciano Frigerio, Studio Van den Akker (price upon request)


4. To Expand a Small Space. "The scale of the pattern makes the small space seem larger and immediately dresses up the room. This Syrie Maugham wallpaper instantly adds a little drama to an otherwise diminutive and asymmetrical powder room." - Lindsey Coral Harper, Lindsey Coral Harper Interior Design

Skull Stripe, Brett Design (price upon request) // Bash vessels, Suite New York ($395)


5. To Lighten Up the Space. "I love using a fun wallpaper in powder rooms as it brightens up a tight space and tends to be a fun surprise, especially in these rooms which typically don't have windows." - Kate Coughlin, Kate Coughlin Interiors

Le Hameau Bluebell, Brunschwig & Fils (price upon request) // Semainier Mirror, Stephanie Odegard Collection (price upon request) // Thelonius Sconce, Remains Lighting (starting at $1,105)


6. To Create a Welcoming Feel. "Wallcoverings add instant character and elevate the design of any space. They are particularly striking in small spaces such as powder rooms and foyers where guests are welcomed and made to feel special. The pattern of the paper I used in this windowless powder room kept the room feeling light and airy." - Tres McKinney, Tres McKinney Design

Morning Glory Cream Wallpaper, Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa (price upon request) // Fleur Wall Sconce, David Iatesta (price upon request) // Tuxedo Mirror from Powell & Bonnell, Dennis Miller Associates (price upon request)

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