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Decor Myth Busted: Wallpaper is not for the Bathroom

Three designers shed light on these popular home myths


Paper-based wall coverings peel off in wet areas so can you or can you not decorate your bathroom with wallpaper? Interior designer Catherine Cena of Urban Upgrade gives some tips.

Interview and Production by Tala Singson and Paula de Guzman.

Read the original article ("10 Decor Myths - Busted”) in the June 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Myth No. 10: You cannot use wallpaper in the bathroom.

Gone are the days when paper-based wall coverings would peel off in wet areas. It’s now easy to look for durable wallpaper that can withstand high moisture, according to Catherine Cena, principal interior designer of Urban Upgrade.

Cathy suggests using vinyl wallpaper and an industrial strength adhesive. To be safe, however, install your wallpaper in a spot in the bathroom away from the shower area (above the vanity, for instance), or go all out in a relatively “dry” powder room.



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