A few weeks ago, I showed you how to stage a powder room in just a few hours. If you don’t recall, here’s the post about staging a powder room for resale:
Confession: That’s my powder room. Well, it WAS my powder room. But now, THIS is my powder room.
USING WALLPAPER IN BATHROOMS
I have to admit, I got every bit of inspiration for this powder room from that wallpaper. Sourcing a navy grasscloth, I accidentally ordered a sample of this last summer. It sat on my desk for a really, really long time. I would just stare at it. I fall in love very easily, especially with home decor. But this was a little much for even me. I mean, I really obsessed. Eventually, I taped it to the wall in the powder room and just left it there for months, hoping it would grow on Christine.
INSTALLING a wallpaper accent wall
I repainted with the same color that’s in my office: Behr Marquis Granite Dust. The only wall that I papered is the very back wall.
This is for two reasons; 1. The whole room would be too much pattern and too much money. Wallpaper isn’t cheap. This roll was $85. So to keep costs low, always consider how you can make the biggest impact using the smallest amount. Sometimes, this means hanging the wallpaper only above a chair rail or half wall of tile, like this bathroom from At Home With Ashley:
Or on the ceiling, like this room from Addison’s Wonderland blog:
Then there’s always a very high picture rail option, like Hi, Sugarplum’s bathroom pictured below:
The major takeaway is that if you’re going to use a very graphic or dark pattern, limit the amount of wall space you dedicate. Less is more. Now, let’s see a close-up of my powder room (because I just can’t get enough of it):
Of course, for every design rule there’s a rule breaker who proves us all wrong. You’ve got to see this Bathroom Makeover from Blake of Signed, Blake. Her use of wallpaper in this small bathroom is amazing! And she didn’t limit the use at all!
Here’s my view from my office. I’ve always kept that door closed because my webcam faces the French doors. Now I can’t wait to fling those doors open on all of my Skype calls!
If you’re worried about installing wallpaper in a bathroom due to moisture issues, you’re in luck! Kris from Driven by Decor has a wonderful solution for sealing the wallpaper. Check that out here: MY SECRET WEAPON FOR WALLPAPERING YOUR BATHROOM!
Budget Makeover: How To Update Your Bathroom
If you want to tackle a quick powder room makeover yourself, I have wonderful news for you – IT WAS COMPLETED FOR LESS THAN $500!
Here are the sources:
TOTAL FOR THE POWDER ROOM REMODEL – $489
Items we had leftover from previous projects, but you may need to purchase:
1 quart of Behr Marquis “Granite Dust” in matte – $20
1 quart of Behr Traditional White Ceiling Paint – $15
1 pint of wallpaper paste and various painting supplies – $15
You can also see every space we removed in our suburban home via our Home Tour:
UPDATE 2019: WE’VE MOVED!
for all the details on why, when, and where, check out these posts:
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