We’re always here for a bit of whimsical, eye-catching wallpaper. And any designer knows that it’s one of the easiest ways to transform a space. Since wallpaper tends to be louder and more expensive than paint, you want to make sure you’re splurging in the right rooms. Smaller spaces, like powder rooms, are perfect for wallpaper. Covering less wall space keeps the cost down, and these small spaces can handle a bold print since there isn’t as much to match. It’s easy to find a sleek white vanity and brass faucet to complement the look—even when an eccentric, loud pink flamingo wallpaper is selected.
When thinking about taking on a wallpaper project, source as many swatches as possible. There are so many options out in the market, and you want to make sure that you are choosing the right one. Once you have acquired a handful, start to narrow your options down. Tape them up onto your powder room walls, and live with them there for a little. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some pin-worthy powder rooms that pack a punch with wallpaper.
Looks Like Paint
A saturated violet hue envelopes the bathroom of this vibrant Manhattan Beach home thanks to Farrow & Ball‘s Drag wallpaper that mimics the effects of strié painting, the process of creating faint streaked vertical lines of color close in tone to the background.
Inspired by traditional embroidered textiles and folk art, ethereal-looking birds and other creatures pop against the deep navy background of this Hygge and West paper that lines the powder room of a colorful Upper East Side NYC home.
Don’t be Koi
We can’t imagine a more perfect wallpaper for this room. The grey cabinet picks up the background color in the print, and the fish motif is in a brilliant brass tone that’s repeated in the fixtures and hardware. “Obsessed” doesn’t even begin to describe how we feel about this one.
Shades of gray create a swirled effect in the powder room of this revamped Austin tudor that embraces bold color and design. The wallpaper by Christian LaCroix for Designers Guild complements the Carrara marble-topped vanity and sleek gold circular mirror, without feeling too overwhelming.
This abstracted ikat is calling out to the cool girl inside us all. Watercolor wallpaper is currently trending, so show off the fact that you’ve got style and know what’s up.
Master Mud Cloth
This wallpaper is eerily reminiscent of the ever-popular mud cloth material. Include this trending textile in your powder room for a bold look. The print’s striking black and white scheme makes selecting additional accessories easy. You can include whichever finishes your heart desires.
Go For the Gold
Is there such a thing as too much gold? Our answer to this question tends to be a collective “heck no.” Don’t worry about overdoing it when the wallpaper is this good. Really drive the look home with gold accents. This look isn’t for the faint of heart.
Do Dark Blooms
Moody florals make us swoon. Here, the deep ground color really helps the white roses pop. This powder room is the perfect mix of feminine and masculine. The brass and marble materials help tone down the fresh feminine feel of the print.
Freshen Up With Ferns
Everyone loves a good plant print. This pretty fern paper is so serene on white walls, which makes this powder room a bit more toned down than the rest. The absence of color keeps the space feeling soothing and calm. Try this look if you want to bring a little Zen into your life.
Just Keep Swimming
This bold wallpaper print isn’t for everyone. If you’re hesitant about including this pink fishy wallpaper into your powder room (but still kind of love it), try doing it above tile. White subway tiles help balance out the print above.
Live on the Edge
These sharp black lines contrast minimalist white. This is an edgy, chic look that can really add some depth to your tiny powder room.
We are all for something whimsical and fun on our walls, and there are some seriously dramatic animal wallpapers out there. This one is a bit tamer so you can include this print in your powder room without much of risk. If you are thinking about easing into the idea of wallpaper, start here.
Did you know a flock of flamingo is called a flamboyance? That word fits this powder room perfectly. And the matching brass accents ensure the space stays sophisticated.
Play it Old School
If you remember (and love) kaleidoscopes, this is the print for you. You can mimic that same nostalgic look on your walls—with an updated bohemian vibe. Pull out the blue tones from the print, and use it throughout the space to create a cohesive result.
This classic print often gets forgotten. Some may say it’s too shabby and sweet, but we think it’s timeless. This style comes in many other colorways, giving you plenty of options if you are looking for an update to this traditional look. Additional vintage elements—in the sink, mirror and overhead light—pull this room together.
This story was originally published November 23, 2016. It has been updated with new information.