Painting vs wallpapering

General, Interiors

It’s the age old question. Should you paint your walls or wallpaper them? Everyone has their own opinion on which is best, but we’re going to try and remain unbiased whilst we share the pros and cons of both. Let’s get stuck in!Painting vs wallpapering

Painting pros:

  1. It doesn’t take long to prepare a wall ready for painting in comparison to wallpapering.
  2. It’s easy to maintain. If any of it gets chipped, then it’s easy to go over the paint. If a bit of wallpaper comes away, then the whole wall will have to be redone.
  3. It’s cheap to do. What’s brilliant about painting the walls, is that you don’t need many tools to do it and the paint itself is inexpensive to buy.
  4. Although it doesn’t last as long as wallpaper, it means that you have more flexibility to try out new styles and colours.
  5. You don’t have to be a pro DIY-er to paint a room. Wallpapering tends to take a lot more expertise.

Painting cons:

  1. It chips easily, so be prepared to have spare paint to hand.
  2. You’re likely to have to do a few coats before the colour looks right.

Wallpaper pros:

  1. It’s durable. Once you’ve put the wallpaper on, it should last long a long time without looking scruffy. A lot of wallpapers these days are wipeable, meaning that you should be able to scrub away any little marks made by sticky fingered children!
  2. Wallpaper can make a room look more interesting and unique. We suggest that you choose a timeless pattern so that the room never feels outdated or old fashioned.

Wallpaper cons:

  1. Removing wallpaper can be an absolute nightmare. We can guarantee that by the end of it you’ll be tearing your hair out! You’ll need to make sure that you have the right tools and a lot of time on your hands before you start removing it.
  2. Although wallpaper is durable, one of its main issues is that it can peel away in the corners over time. This happens particularly in the kitchen and the bathroom where there is a lot of moisture.
  3. The costs can start to add up as you have to buy all the right tools to get the job done.

So there you have it. Personally we think that the best idea, if you’re unsure, is to have a feature wall so that you’re able to combine the benefits of both wallpapering and painting. What do you think? Let us know!

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