The pros of cons of painting vs. wallpapering

The great thing about the walls of your home is that they have the ability to change and transform a space with the help of a new lick of paint or choice of wallpaper.
A dramatic big room can be changed to a short airy space in an instance with the help of paint and wallpaper. There are different pros and cons of the use of paint or wallpaper, including the ease of application and cost.
Here are just some of the main advantages and disadvantages of each, to help you decide which is the better choice for your space.

1. Preparation

Depending on your lifestyle, job and patience, how long it takes to prepare a wall for paint or wallpaper needs to be considered. This isn’t relevant if you are starting with a bare wall!

Wallpaper – The process of removing existing wallpaper can be a tedious one that requires a touch of patience and the right tools! You can strip wallpaper with chemicals or stripping agents, but you need to be extra careful because if done incorrectly, you could damage the wall.

Paint – Prepare your wall with spackle and let it dry for a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Also, if you apply primer paint prior to painting over with a darker colour, then the process should be a lot easier! Painting definitely requires less preparation than wallpapering.

2. Versatility

Every individual has a different look, and this flows into their interior design. So options from both choices is a big factor. The lifestyle of your family can also make a difference to the finish you select.

Wallpaper – Wallpaper comes in a dazzling range of designs with a vast selection of stunning effects, such as pearl and glitter, foils, embossed silk textures and much more!

Paint – Paint on the other hand is a more limited option in that it can only provide a colour in a select range of finishes from matte to glossy unless you are a budding artist and can hand paint designs freehand or with stencils.

3. Cost-effective

Whether a product will be more cost-effective and can live up to the demands of your lifestyle can be a significant factor on which you choose.

Wallpaper – Wallpaper can last up to ten years and beyond, which makes it cost-effective in the long run, although initially, it can be more expensive than paint, depending on design. It is generally accepted that correctly hung wallpaper can last three times as long as paint. It’s also very durable and can hold up to the inevitable wear and tear of children and high-traffic areas, such as the kitchen or living room.

Paint – Paint is generally cheap and can last up to five to ten years. However, when walls are damaged, hit or scraped, then paint can chip and repair and repainting will be necessary.

Whatever your painting or wallpapering needs, we have you covered. Get in touch with us today to discuss your options and needs. R.F Building & Construction can help you with a variety of home projects!