The bathroom is among the most punishing spaces on wallpaper. When you shower, the steam fills the room and can damage fragile wallpaper. It is easy to get the walls wet when you finish a shower or when you dry your hands. Then there are spills and other issues that can destroy wallpaper.
Ventilation can help, but ultimately what you need is durable wallpaper that can withstand the water and abuse. Of course, you always have the option of painting, but wallpaper offers the most diverse appearance. With the right wallpaper, you can make your bathroom look like an entirely new room.
Consider How Many Walls
The first consideration is how many walls you want to cover with the wallpaper. For example, if you do not want to apply wallpaper around the shower or sink walls, you run a much lower risk of water damage. If you plan to apply wallpaper around the entire room, you will probably need to take into consideration the cost. The best wallpaper for the bathroom is usually more expensive because it is more durable, so the more you need, the more it will cost.
Type of Wallpaper
Solid Vinyl wallpaper is easily the best solution for the bathroom. With the base layer being made of fabric instead of paper, it is better able to withstand the constant exposure to water. It will not absorb the water, so you will not need to worry about moisture damaging the wall behind the covering. If it gets dirty (such as a child washing muddy hands in the sink and getting mud on the walls), it is easy to clean. As the most durable of the wallpapers, you really should consider it as the best (if not the only) solution.
Reading the Signs
When you are shopping through your different options, take some time to read the wallcovering symbols to ensure that your favorite choices cover the issues that most concern you. For example, you will want to look for the water resistant symbol (at the very least), and probably washable and scrubbable. You can check out a full list of the international wallcovering symbols on the PS International website.