Wallpaper vs. Paint: The Pros and Cons

Wallpaper vs. Paint: The Pros and Cons

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So you’re thinking of styling up your interior by adding some colors and maybe some patterns to your walls. But how do you choose between paint and wallpaper when it comes to your walls?

There are several factors to consider. Here is how to paint and wallpaper stack up against each other in each category.

1. Durability

Paint

Paint may not be as durable as wallpaper, as it can be scratched or chipped if something comes into contact with it with enough force.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper tends to be quite durable and hold up well to constant contact that might otherwise cause wear and tear. However, areas that get humid or moist — such as a bathroom — could weaken the wallpaper adhesive.

2. Cost

Paint

Paint tends to be the cheaper option, and it is often easier for someone without much experience to apply it properly. 

Still, it comes in a wide range of prices. Textured paint and high-end faux finished can run you a lot of money, and if you throw in professional installation, you’ll pay even more.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper tends to be more expensive for the rolls, supplies, and installation. However, you can cut these costs if you look for the most inexpensive wallpaper and install it yourself.

3. Prep

Prep doesn’t apply as much if you have a bare wall. But if your wall already has a finish on it, then you’ll need to consider prep time/effort.

Paint

Paint is a bit easier to prepare for. Use spackle to prepare for imperfections, and let it sit for 24 hours. Then, you can paint. Make sure to apply primer paint if you’re painting over darker colors.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper prep requires more patience if you already have wallpaper. Removing existing wallpaper by hand is tedious, and you have to use great care not to damage anything if you use chemicals or stripping tools.

4. Replacing/Updating

Paint

Paint is a clear winner here. If you don’t like your paint job or you want to try something new, it’s quite easy to repaint your walls.

Wallpaper

Replacing wallpaper requires removing the old wallpaper before adding the new kind. As already discussed, this can be a tedious process unless you use chemicals or stripping tools.

5. Variety

Paint

Paint makes creating patterns harder, but if you’re looking for a solid-colored wall with the perfect shade, then paint might be the best option. There is a near limitless amount of glosses and sheens when it comes to paint.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper comes in a ton of different styles, both solid colors and patterns. Keep in mind that it’s much easier to add a unique pattern to your walls with wallpaper than it is to paint it on. 

You have tons of options for customizing and beautifying your walls. Whether you go with paint or wallpaper, either choice will offer you the chance to add some personal style to your interior.

And yes, you can have it both ways if you want. Options like paintable wallpaper give you the best of both worlds.

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