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More than 2000 years ago, the Chinese hung decorated rice paper to add color to their walls and created the earliest form of wallpaper. While its popularity has experienced ups and downs, interior design experts say wallpaper has made a big comeback in recent years. And, the old rules about “no wallpaper in bathrooms” have all but disappeared. Follow a few simple guidelines, and you can take your bathroom beyond functional and create an updated, beautiful retreat using wallpaper.

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1. Poor ventilation vs. wallpaper adhesive

Ask any home repair expert, and they’ll tell you that moisture and high humidity levels are the biggest problems in most bathrooms. The primary reason for the issues is poor ventilation. It allows water droplets to form on windows, mirrors, and walls. This excess moisture weakens the wallpaper adhesive over time. Eventually, the wallpaper starts to peel and then falls off the wall. But today, manufacturers have significantly improved wallpaper adhesives so that they work well in moisture-rich rooms.

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