I recently received the estimate for my downstairs bathroom remodel and sadly, it was higher than I expected and I think, out of my budget. :( The estimate did include tons of trim and moulding that covered all of the walls, though, which increased the price quite a bit. So, now I’m looking at wallpaper as an alternative. And if you’ve ever gone to a store to look through wallpaper books you’ll know that the task can be quite overwhelming! And you can’t just look at damask papers or striped ones but instead have to search by manufacturer and style. It takes forever! Since I’ve been sick for the last few days, I decided to do my browsing online, looking for classic designs that would add a touch of elegance to the bathroom without being too overpowering. Today I’m sharing 10 of my favorites with you!
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I’ve been wanting to redo my bathroom for some time now since it’s stuck in the 80’s, but my vision didn’t really come together until I stumbled upon a dresser at the antique faire. The dresser has a classic look to it and was refinished in a mixture of warm and cool tones, so I decided to do the bathroom in classic materials that also mixed warm and cool, old and new. Mixing opposites is a favorite design style of mine and the dresser gave me the perfect starting point from which to build out this look.
Here’s a look at some of the bath items I’m currently considering:
TOP 10 FAVORITES
1. Linear Damask Wallpaper Taupe/Pearl – Ballard Designs $79.99
I love the light, airy look of this damask print and I think it would work beautifully as a warm contrast to the cool tile.
2. Mini Damask Wallpaper – Ballard Designs $79.00
This wallpaper has a beautiful petite medallion print that I think will work well in my small bathroom and make a statement without overpowering the space.
3. Sisal Wallpaper – Ballard Designs $199
The color scheme of this paper looks similar to my dresser and would give the bathroom some understated texture.
4. Du Barry – Osborne and Little
A large-scale trellis pattern gives this paper a bold, but classic geometric!
5. Bonaparte Sophie and Bonaparte Pierre– Wallpaper Direct $93.00
This damask print has been given a modern update with shades of graduated color! Shown below in two different color schemes.
6. Egerton – Antropologie $248
Rich tones and delicate wisteria vines give this paper and elegant and graceful quality!
7. Costello – Design Public $75
I love this small-scale damask wallpaper with a jacquard stitch effect in the background.
8. Smoky Rose – Anthropologie $198.00
A simple rose-patterned wallpaper with a crisp black and white look.
9. Chinoise Black – Wallpaper Direct $28.00
A traditional black and cream bird of paradise in floral boughs design.
10. Cameo Toile – Wallpaper Direct $74.00
I love toile but didn’t want an entire room filled with it, so this is the perfect compromise! The toile pattern resides within gracefully detailed frames in a classic black and white design.
I haven’t yet decided which of these I like best for my space and probably won’t decide until I have my dresser so that I can get a better sense of the look and feel in the space. But tell me, which is your favorite?
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I can see #7 coordinating with all your other Choices…. Have Fun…..
I love 7, 9, 10. I tend to lean toward the more traditional because it’s less likely to age in 5 years. Who wants to rip down wallpaper? Good luck with your decision!
The Osborne & Little trellis pattern paper is gorgeous! Bold without being overwhelming so that the rest of the pieces in your room have a chance to shine! Looking forward to seeing what you choose!
Hi Leslie – This is one of the things that I *love* about blogging…meeting new people and learning about other businesses! I just hopped over to your site and am absolutely in awe of the beautiful finishes that your company creates. Gorgeous! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment! :) Kim
I was drawn to #4 & 6 right away, so that’s my answer! (although they all had their good points). Can’t wait to see what you choose. Jane
I agree those are both beautiful! #4 would work well with a variety of styles so I think it could easily transition should I ever change up my design direction. And I think #6 has a really unique look to it while still being very classic. I can’t wait to see what I choose, too! Lol!
I love the linear damask but my heart belongs to the Chinoise Black or the Smokey Rose. I’m currently without wallpaper anywhere, but I’m happy to see it’s trending again. I think it can add so much to a room, especially the bathroom.
Let us see the beauty of your chest as a vanity and the entire bathroom once its finished.
Helloooooooo Karen! The Smokey Rose is gorgeous, isn’t it? I just wish the price was a bit more in line with my budget. :) I don’t currently have wallpaper in my home…mostly because I have an issue with commitment. Lol! I’m excited to pick everything out so I can get started, though!
I love 5,6,&10. Each one’s just gorgeous. What color speaks to you? The each has so many possibilities for exciting design encounters. Good luck and have fun. Can’t wait to see the finished project.
Hi Sandee – I really haven’t decided which color direction I want to go just yet. I need to order some samples and see them with the dresser and tile to really decide and then I’m hoping my favorite will just jump out at me!! :)
Hi Kim, I just found your blog via a link on Karen’s Garden, Home & Party site. I really like your style! Now I’m going through and trying to catch up on what I missed in your older posts. :)
Those Ballard Designs papers are really pretty. I also like #5. Looking forward to seeing how your bathroom comes together with your beautiful choices.
Hi Vicki – Thank you so much for visiting from Garden, Home & Party and taking the time to leave a comment and view older posts. I “met” Karen through blogging and she is *so* nice! I’ll need to order a few samples of the papers to make up my mind, but I’m excited about this project. BTW, I just stopped by your site. What a fun and fantastic blog! Love it!
Hi Kim, I love wallpaper, but am afraid of committing to it. I agree with the 3 papers you are leaning towards. I do kind of like #1 also. Can’t wait to see what you do with the bathroom.
Hi Lori – I’ll be honest…I’m afraid of committing, too! But I really wanted something other than painted walls for this bathroom. I can’t wait until I have everything ready to go!