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The downstairs toilet may be one of the most compact rooms in your home, but it also allows you to let your creativity run wild and impress the many guests they will no doubt see. . It’s a room where you can play with colors and patterns, opting for something you might not be brave enough to choose in a larger living space. Which means creative downstairs toilet wallpaper ideas are always welcome!
Small bathroom ideas often show wallpaper as a key ingredient if you want to add impact and drama, and there’s no better place than your downstairs toilet – but should you wallpaper it all or just part of the room? Opt for a bold print or something more playful?
Downstairs Toilet Wallpaper Ideas
“Wallpaper in downstairs washrooms is a great way to instantly add a pop of pattern and color,” says Lucy St George, co-founder of Rockett St George. “Although wallpaper in the bathroom is often approached with caution, it should not be ruled out. The downstairs toilet is the perfect place to play with more adventurous design decisions. As a smaller space, downstairs restrooms can feature bolder patterns and brighter color palettes than other parts of the home.
Whether you’re looking for something subtle or much more dramatic, we’ve found wardrobe ideas for everyone. Ready to see some decorating magic? Read on for toilet wallpaper ideas downstairs…
1. Team wallpaper with tiles
If an entire piece of wallpaper seems like too much, why not add wall tiles too? Having been built here to enclose all drains behind the toilet, the tiled area also provides a display shelf, as well as a credenza behind the sink.
Using plain white subway tiles as a mudroom tile idea helps the wallpaper take center stage, with its fabulous flamingo print taking center stage. Despite its bold print, the wallpaper’s soft gray color tone makes it light and far from overwhelming, and the little pops of pink add a feminine touch.
2. Be bold
Not for the faint-hearted, this fun photographic wallpaper will almost certainly please the splash of color among you. The fun collage of the iconic front covers gives you something to look at and it’s easy to choose a color from the design to echo elsewhere in the room, as done here with the blue mosaic splashback above the sink .
You can always create your own wallcovering, with your own choice of book (or magazine) covers, of course.
3. Don’t forget the ceiling
Decorating the ceiling isn’t just for living rooms and bedrooms – it can make your downstairs restroom stand out. A creative bathroom wallpaper idea takes this small space from dull to fabulous, giving it the ultimate wow factor.
Here, a busy jungle print has been used on all the walls, and you’ll see that bringing it up to the ceiling helps draw the eye upwards and emphasize the height of the room.
4. Fill it with flowers
Give your downstairs restroom an uplifting floral or botanical theme with wallpaper that fills it with florals and leafy prints. This summery design had its nature theme echoed with the use of wood (on the toilet seat and door), and a rustic terra cotta pot and plant on top. All you need is a floral-scented candle or diffuser to really set the mood.
“Botanical wallpapers are always a winner, bringing a sense of calm through the connection to nature,” says Lucy St George. “From leafy palm prints to oversized flowers and colorful tropical landscapes, botanical wallpapers have timeless appeal and balance natural calm with luxury.”
5. Create an illusion
Trompe l’oeil is a technique often applied to wallpaper to give it an optical 3D effect, and you can see an example of it here with this wall that looks like a drawer cabinet.
What we particularly like about this piece is that if you look closely at the wallpaper you’ll see that some of the printed buttons have real buttons screwed into the wall on top (with a set of keys hanging from one of them), to make the drawers even more realistic. Clever!
6. Pair it with signs
When you can’t choose between paper and paint, why not have both? Here, the panels on the lower half of the wall have been painted light blue, with the same color chosen in the wallpaper pattern above.
This half and half design is also good if you think the wallpaper might not work in a wet area behind the sink, and gives you the chance to put your creative skills to good use by mixing and matching colors and prints. .
7. Opt for animal print
Animal print never seems to go out of style, whether you opt for leopard spots, snake scales or wavy zebra stripes, like these. Increase the impact by using it on all walls for maximum effect, letting the print do the talking. There’s no need for a lot of accessories here – keep it simple, with neutral fittings and a standout piece, like this large gold mirror.
Not confident enough to go so big and bold? Try using your animal print wallpaper on a single wall or above panels.
“For a beautifully bold look, dark, dramatic colors ranging from bold black to graphite gray and midnight are perfect for bold bathroom arrangements,” says Lucy St George. “These colors create coziness and the illusion of space, so they’re also ideal for small changing rooms and downstairs bathrooms.”
8. Set the scene
Escape to foreign climes with a wallpaper depicting a country or landscape of your choice. Whether it’s a cityscape, a beach scene, or an architectural landmark, it’s a great way to turn your restroom into an exotic piece guests might not expect.
9. Stay toned
If you prefer texture and neutral colors, choose a wallpaper that adds interest without overwhelming the room. Here, a subtle print echoes the textures and colors used in the sink accessories, adding to the scheme without becoming the focal point.
10. Keep it classy
Ornate details, traditional fixtures and high ceilings all call for equally stylish wallpaper, so consider not only your pattern, but also your color choice.
Here, the wallpaper features a delicate woodsy print, while the color matches the paintwork perfectly, creating a beautifully blended wall.
Can the downstairs toilet be lined?
‘Certainly! Any space can be covered with wallpaper,” says Claire Greenfield, lead designer at Harlequin. “Using wallpaper in a cloakroom can be incredibly effective, adding interest and personality to a space. The dimensions of the space must be considered for a changing room, especially changing rooms under the stairs which can have tricky angles, so it is crucial to ensure that you have measured the space correctly.
How can I spruce up my downstairs toilet?
First, think about how you want your downstairs bathroom to look. Would you like something bright and bold, or luxurious? Would you like a theme, or something a little more offbeat?
“Due to the size and secluded nature of the downstairs washroom, it’s a great space to add a splash of fun,” says Claire Greenfield. “The cloakroom is perfect for deviating from the general scheme of a home, acting almost as a retreat from everyday life, and thus creating a more personal space. Dark patterns, like our ‘Enigmatic’ or ‘Paeonia’ prints, would look much richer, creating a secluded sanctuary from the home.Bright patterns like our recently launched “Dahlia” can brighten up a space that lacks natural light, which can make a bathroom feel much more warm and inviting.
How to revamp a downstairs toilet?
Start by seeing what needs to be replaced – is it the whole scheme, with the accessories, or could you just freshen up the walls and accessories? Next, decide where you want to place your wallpaper. “It’s important to avoid wallpapering areas that will be splashed with water on a regular basis and choose tiles for these areas instead,” says Lucy St George. “However, other than that, there really are no rules!”
Lucia continues. ‘One of our favorite choices for bathroom wallpaper at Rockett St George has got to be chinoiserie. Featuring majestic birds, flowering trees, and extraordinary garden scenes, chinoiserie designs also celebrate the beauty of the natural world. Long associated with luxury, bringing these designs into your bathroom creates a display with instant impact and is guaranteed to impress any guest.