Many houses and flats have a family bathroom as well as a separate WC - an extremely convenient arrangement. It allows people not to get in each other's way and not having to queue when“nature calls”. And of course it is also known as the guest toilet, so that visitors don't have to use the family bathroom.
We think that this most modest of all rooms deserves more than cursory attention and is perfectly suited to be beautified with striking patterned wallpapers. There is hardly another room that allows the visitor to linger and contemplate, and let some imaginative wall décor inspire their thoughts. Moreover, many people say that they have their best ideas in the shower or - let's not beat around the bush here - the loo.
The guest toilet, often referred to as“cloakroom”, is one of the few rooms of a house accessible to visitors, and as such it has a major impact on the general picture people take away from visiting somebody's personal abode. Furthermore, its design reflects the owner's creative flair and constitutes something akin to a style fingerprint. If you're using the right wallpaper to create a fresh and comfortable ambience, your home will be remembered by everyone who sets foot in it.
A few architectural facts about the toilet
Washrooms are usually small, often narrow spaces. As a result, the design options are generally limited to functionality, i.e. the toilet bowl, sink, mirror, perhaps a few well-placed accessories and some storage for towels, etc. Some bathrooms are equipped with an additional shower, but this is the exception rather than the rule.
This small space is nevertheless important - so much so that it simply won't do to just plaster the walls, paint them and put some run-off-the-mill woodchip wallpaper up. The toilet provides enormous scope for creativity, as the right wall décor can conjure up a specific ambience which will make every visit to the loo a joyous experience.
Stylish design ideas for the toilet
Everybody has different preferences when it comes to aspects of style. One person might love the opulence of baroque, another may be a fan of urban graffiti art, and the third could be fascinated by Asian studies of harmony like Feng Shui. These are just three of countless examples of design options for individual WCs. Wallpapers are a terrific guideline and base for the harmonious combination of colours, pattern and material with the necessary furnishing elements like washstand, sink, toilet bowl, mirrors, etc.
There are very few limits to your design ideas. For instance, you might choose to complement stunning patterned wallpapers from our shop with tiles, panelling or renders, or you might decide to put up wallpaper on all four walls or just on one feature wall.
Requirements for wallpapers in toilets
You will probably ask yourself:“Are there any specific requirements for wallpapers in WCs?”The answer depends on individual conditions regarding the room itself. If there is a shower, you should choose a water-resistant wallpaper with a vinyl coating. Alternatively, you could use paper or non-woven varieties, but they'd need to be treated with a protective latex layer to make them resistant to humidity.
Washability is an important aspect in toilets, especially around the toilet bowl and the sink. Again, we'd recommend treating paper or non-woven wallpapers with a protective coating. When choosing your wallpaper, please consider the care symbols in the article description (under Characteristics), e.g. water-resistant, washable, extra washable, scrubbable, extra-scrubbable. You could also use tiling or a backsplash to protect these areas and make them easier to clean.
For wallpapers in washrooms and WCs in commercial or public facilities with visitor traffic, specific regulations regarding fire protection have to be adhered to. They have to be certified as“flame-resistant”. We are of course more than happy to advise you and, if requested, will ask the manufacturer of your favourite wallpaper whether the model comes with the relevant certificate.
Some practical design ideas for your WC
Let's get down to the nitty-gritty: we have selected a few patterned wallpapers from our range which will help you to turn your (toilet) design ideas into reality.
And now have fun with your travels through almost infinite patterned wallpaper landscapes which will doubtlessly provide you with countless other fabulous ideas for unique washroom designs.