Beach House Renovation: Guest Room and Bath

Blue Grasscloth wallpaper beach house guest roomPhotography by Michael Partenio for New England Home

The time has come to start placing orders for various decor items in our beach house renovation. Usually, I’m able to make quick decisions about these things. However, I’m having a hard time deciding on some wallpaper choices. The first floor has a guest bedroom and an adjoining guest bathroom which will have a separate door to the front foyer area, as it will function as the first floor powder room as well. I’m almost positive I’m going to wallpaper the bedroom in a blue grass cloth paper.  I’ve ordered a few samples – this one and this one, just to be one hundred percent sure.

The trickier part is deciding on which wallpaper to go with in the adjoining bathroom. I think I’m going to have a half wall wainscot of either painted wood panel or white subway tile – and then on the upper half of the walls I’m planning on using a patterned wallpaper with a lot of blue in it – not only to coordinate with the bedroom, but also because these prints have a nice coastal, nautical vibe to them- perfect for a beach house. I’ve narrowed down my choices to three papers shown here, below. The first one is by Katie Ridder, the second Cole and Sons palm print paper , I already used in the gray colorway in our guest bathroom as seen here and the third print is a Serena and Lily herringbone pattern I’ve been admiring for quite a while. Since I can’t really decide, not only will I be ordering samples of these papers, but I think I’m going to possibly leave it up to price and availability. I ‘d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions here! Thanks.


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Katie Ridder wallpaper via Amie Corley Interiors
Serena and Lily


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  1. Carol wrote:

    I’ve always heard you shouldn’t use wallpaper in a bath that has a tub or shower due to the humidity. What’s your thought on that? Also, I’d like to say how much I enjoy your blog. It’s the first thing I look at every morning while having my coffee. I greatly appreciate the hard work that goes into posting such great content on such a consistent basis.

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    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks so much! Your comment made my day! It’s true, there are some people that warn against wallpaper in a bathroom. But, I’ve used papers in many bathrooms over the years, the only time I’ve had a problem with it is in Florida. I think the bathroom humidity combined with the Florida humidity was just too much. Here in CT, it’s fine and I’m sure will be fine in Rhode Island too!:)

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  2. Carolyn wrote:

    I love the Cole & Sons Palms in blue. It’s beautiful, fun & timeless.
    I am sure whichever you choose will look fabulous!

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    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks so much!:)

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  3. jody wrote:

    The palm is definitely my favorite. Either way it will be beautiful!

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  4. Beth wrote:

    I think this may be my first comment ever!

    I LOVE the blue grasscloth idea and all three bathroom wallpaper selections. This is a tough decision, however I think you should think about what is the vibe or feeling you are going for in the house – and what does the house itself call for? – and choose based on that.

    The Katie Ridder wallpaper is sweet, fresh, and traditional. Maybe with a hint of granny chic?

    The palm is cool and sophisticated.

    The Serena & Lily is bright, clean and fresh.

    And ALL of them are coastal as you noted. So, I think you can’t go wrong and should choose based on feeling. (And of course the above are just MY feelings looking at the prints:)

    Can’t wait to see what you do!

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    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful response, and first comment..yay!:) Love the idea of giving thought to the vibe/feeling! WIll do this. Thanks again! xx

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  5. Maryellen wrote:

    Really love the Katie Ridder one.

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  6. Kiki wrote:

    Which bathroom would I want to greet me every morning? No contest, it’s Katie Ridder for the win.

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  7. Karen wrote:

    I feel like the palm print paper may feel dated quickly. Love the Katie Ridder, fresh and fun, but frequently see it used in kids’ bathrooms. For those reasons, I would probably select the Serena & Lily paper. For another idea, how about the Phillip Jeffries Imperial Gates grasscloth used in the powder room shown in this post on your blog?
    Or keeping with the blues, schumacher feather bloom wallpaper shown in a bath here in green, but also available in blue:
    Good luck! Hope you find one that you love.

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  8. Lizzie wrote:

    The Katie Ridder wallpaper for the win!!! It’s so fresh and Rhode Island Beach House-y…It’s fun and bright and beautiful. And, it’s different. Anything you do will look stunning–I can’t wait to see the results!

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  9. LDC wrote:

    Serena & Lily! (Palm print is more ‘expected’)

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  10. Leslie wrote:

    I love the Katie Ridder one. The others are nice, but very muted, and I feel like it might be nice to have a little color in the morning.

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  11. Sue De Chiara wrote:

    Absolutely LOVING all the great feedback and amazing ideas I’m getting here! Thank you SO much for taking the time to help me:) Right now I’m also considering Brunschwig and Fils Le Touche in blue…and confusing myself even more:)

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    • Lisa Arp wrote:

      Oh, I’m changing my vote! That is one of my favorite papers. I am actually considering it for a guest bath.

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  12. Lisa Arp wrote:

    I vote for the Cole & Sons palm print because I love it’s boldness!

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