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Wallpaper vs Paint – Which is Better?

Are you deciding to refinish your walls but aren’t sure whether to paint or wallpaper? Below you’ll find advantages and disadvantages of each option. Many well-designed spaces incorporate both paint and wallpaper into their designs. After considering all factors, we believe you’ll decide wallpaper adds colour, design and character to a room that paint simply cannot accomplish, and can be a more cost-effective option in the long run. If you are looking for a very specific colour or would like the option to change colours once in a while, you might want to consider paintable wallpaper. With a myriad of texture effects and designs to choose from, it’s the best of both worlds.

Advantages of Wallpaper

  • Wallpaper can last up to 15 years and beyond, which makes it cost-effective in the long run.
  • Wallpaper adheres easily and smoothly to walls, hiding many surface imperfection.
  • It can add warmth, depth, and style to a room that monotone paint simply cannot achieve.
  • Beautiful designs, intriguing textures, and beautiful prints have an impactful effect on the décor of a room.
  • Wallpaper can be used to create a designer look in any space, and can also be applied to just one wall as a feature wall.
  • Wallpaper comes in a dazzling array of designs with an incredible selection of beautiful effects like pearl and glitter, raised inks, suede, gels, beads, foils, embossed silk textures, and natural grasscloth.

 Disadvantages of Wallpaper

  • The process of applying wallpaper to walls is more time-consuming than painting, and is often best left to professionals.
  • One can’t simply paint over it or apply different wallpaper if you get bored with the wallpaper without some prep work.
  • Removing it is a more tedious process.
  • Before attempting your first wallpaper project, you should read up on things like making sure your first strip is level, pattern match, and hanging around corners.

Advantages of Paint

  • Paint can come at a fairly low cost and is normally fairly easy to accomplish.
  • Most people can do a paint job themselves and just need to buy the supplies.

Disadvantages of Paint

  • Paint can only provide a colour in a very limited spectrum of finishes.
  • Paint also chips and cracks over time, so you will need to reapply and touch up your paint job more often.
  • It can also be messy to apply paint to walls, and you can easily stain your floors, ceilings, furniture or appliances.
  • While paint does last 5 to 10 years, there is a bigger chance you will repaint more frequently.


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