The bathroom is, by its very nature, a humid environment, so picking the ideal wallpaper can be tricky. It is best to pick a wallpaper for your bathroom that is easy to clean and can withstand the humid temperatures.
Types of Wallpaper
Here are some of the choices that are available in the market:
Common Wallpaper – as the name suggests, this pertains to regular wallpaper. For the bathroom, you have to pick one that is mildew-resistant and with laminate coating. The only drawback of this wallpaper is that it is not self adhesive. You need to put glue on the back side to be able to hang it. To prevent air bubbles under the wallpaper, you have to smooth it out. Make sure that you spread the glue evenly to avoid lumps.
Vinyl-Coated Wallpaper – this is common wallpaper with protective coating made from polyvinyl chloride or acrylic vinyl. It resists humidity just like solid vinyl. The wallpaper doesn’t tear easily, so you can clean it without worries. Since the wallpaper is self-adhesive, hanging is easier than the common type. This is also ideal for high-traffic areas like den, kitchen, and kids’ bedrooms. If you need to change the wallpaper, it is very easy to peel off the wall.
Solid Vinyl Wallpaper – this type of wallpaper is resistant to moisture and mildew. Like the vinyl-coated wallpaper, this is also self-adhesive. However, to prevent air bubbles, you must smooth it out carefully. The wallpaper is used for general purposes, and is great for bathrooms. Once the wallpaper is attached to the wall, it is hard to remove, unlike vinyl-coated wallpaper.
How to Hang Bathroom Wallpaper?
Hanging the wallpaper on the bathroom walls is not as hard as you think. Make sure that you prepare everything you need before starting on the project. Based on the size of the bath, you can determine how much wallpaper you need. If you purchase self-adhesive wallpaper, you don’t have to worry about getting glue. However, if you buy common wallpaper because it is cheap, you need to keep the glue handy!
You have to prep the walls before hanging bathroom wallpaper. If there is existing wallpaper, you must take it off first. A painted wall must be cleaned with a sponge, and apply drywall compound afterwards.
You can follow these simple steps when hanging wallpaper:
- Plan and work on the layout.
- Grasp the wallpaper’s top edge and peel it open or you will have to paste the sheets.
- Align the wallpaper’s first sheet, allowing it to overlap the molding on the ceiling. The edges must hang loosely, so that you can position it properly later on.
- Wrap the corners.
- Trim the excess paper.
The current state of the bathroom walls will determine how fast or long it will take to finish the task. Once everything is set, you can start hanging the wallpaper. You need to wait for the wallpaper to set before you use the bathroom.
It all starts with choosing the best type of wallpaper for your bathroom. Check out the options today and establish a budget. Based on your needs and the amount of money that you’re willing to spend, you can make an informed choice.
Debbie Fisher is an interior design expert consultant. She manages 4id Interiors, an online store specializing in beautiful designer wallpapers and fabrics, such as the Casadeco Wallpaper range.