Pin of the Week: Wallpaper in tiny bathrooms

9 Jun

I have a girl crush on Emily Henderson. She’s an interior designer, photo shoot stylist (meaning she does for interior shoots what I do for fashion shoots at “the dayjob“), Design Star season 5 winner, host/designer/stylist of Secrets from a Stylist on HGTV, and blogger. This week she completed a project she’s been calling “The Lake House” and she gave us a few peeks, including this one of an adorable half bath with wallpaper and an industrial yellow pendant. (Yes – that is a NAVY BLUE banister. Yes – I am dying.)

This got me thinking about wallpaper. You see, I had a lot of it in my house when we moved in. The living room, both kids rooms, the kitchen and both bathrooms. All beige-y. All textured. All ugly.

The only bit that remains after 18 months of renovations is the wallpaper in our tiny half master bath which is combined with some blue tile on the walls making the wallpaper the lesser of the bathroom evils. (BTW – Yes, I know a half master bath is a weird thing but it’s better than no master bath at all. These are the joys of a small house.) In case you’re insane and you’re thinking that beige wallpaper and blue tile might look nice, I’ll offer this visual proof of the hideousness.

Told ya.

 I owe a debt of gratitude to my dad and brother for coming down from Massachusetts for 3 days during my brother’s Christmas vacation to remove wallpaper in the girls’ rooms right after we moved in. (We’ve had friends help us paint but ONLY FAMILY would offer to remove wallpaper.) A few months later, Pablo and I spent a week long vacation working on things in the house and my main job during that time was removing the wallpaper in the living room and then prepping the walls and painting. The point is: Wallpaper and I are not friends.

So, even though I know that wallpaper is back in a big way, I can’t help but want to kick it to the curb and tell it to go F off. (Sorry, but that’s what too-much-time-spent-scraping-walls will do to you.) And then I see pictures like the one in Emily’s Lake House (above) and all the ones below that I’ve been pining to my Bathroom Inspiration Board on Pinterest and I start thinking about going for it in our tiny little bathroom. (Using “tiny” and “little” to describe it might seem like overkill but it’s 3′ x 6′ so I think adding “miniscule” to the description would be fine, too.)

But here’s the thing – if I’m going to do it, I want to really go for it! No white tile 3/4 of the way up the wall with wallpaper on top. And don’t even talk to me about wainscoting. If I’m going to do it, I’ll do the full monty, floor to ceiling, all four walls, satured in print.  What do you think? To help you visualize, here’s some wallpapered bathroom inspiration.

To me, this is like the gold standard of bathroom gorgeousness. From ELLE DECOR:

This would be my bathroom if I had a beach house. From House Beautiful: 

A little too stark for me but I love the birch. From via Mojan Sami:

Super chinoiserie. I’m kinda over vessel sinks but I’m digging this because of the boxy sort-of-industrial vanity. Bonus points for the SICK sconces. From Natalie Clayman interior design:

Hollywood glamour never goes out of style. Especially when you have a brass and malachite vanity. WHAT!?  From Apartment Therapy:

Not sure about that moss trough thing but the rest is perfection. And the white background on the wallpaper keeps it bright. From Architectual Digest:

A gold bamboo mirror over that gold flecked paper? Yes, please! From Lonny:

I would never think that paisley wallpaper could make such a clean and modern space but the gray/white palette makes it so simple. From Lonny: 

Paper on the ceiling? Note to self: This looks awesome. From Lonny:

Graphic. Clean. Another note to self: Remember to install BIG white baseboard. From Niche Interiors via Houzz:

So, what do you think? Should I go for it? And what kind of wallpaper do I get? I’m not one to be shy about a decision like this. Maybe something like this from 2 Modern?

Tell me what you think! Am I insane? Or is a small tiny miniscule half master bath just the kind of private place to put something so wild and personal?

Back to my girl crush: you won’t regret it if you follow Emily’s blog. She’s so hysterical and she’s been writing honest (not mean, just honest) recap posts about this season’s Design Star. (For more scathing recaps, read My Favorite and My Best. Also ridiculously funny but quite naughty). I also read Emily’s design assistant Orlando’s blog HommeMaker. Isn’t that such a good name for a dude design blog?  Follow him too – he’s so funny, he makes me pee my pants. I totally want to be his best friend.

And keep following my Pinterest boards. Maybe something you “like” or “repin” will be next week’s Pin of the Week.


Sue at Home

7 Responses to “Pin of the Week: Wallpaper in tiny bathrooms”

  1. Michelle June 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    I wall paper looks cool, but would it make the space look smaller if it is on all of the walls?

    • sueathome June 9, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

      Sure. But if the room is so super tiny, I’m of the opinion that it won’t make much of a difference. There’s no optical illusion that’ll make my 3′ x 6′ bathroom look big!


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