Wallpaper vs. Paint
Wallpaper and paint are far and away the two most common ways to decorate a wall. However, to a new homeowner, or to someone who hasn’t needed to decorate in a long time, figuring out whether to wallpaper or paint requires balancing several different factors.
What's better? Wallpaper or paint? Well, that depends on what you need: a long-term, eye-catching pattern? Wallpaper. A cheaper, simpler way to add color and personality to a space? Paint's probably what you need!
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Why You Should Get Wallpaper
Wallpaper is a traditional, classic way to decorate your wall with more interesting patterns and textures than you could ever get with paint. Because wallpapering is a challenging, time-consuming process for both installation and removal, we recommend only using this in more permanent spaces. Click here to explore various wallpaper materials and figure out which is right for you!
Wallpaper is for...
- Your forever/long-term home.
- Rooms with a long-term purpose
- Kitchens, dining rooms, bathrooms, or living rooms are great locations for wallpaper.
- Bedrooms and nurseries are good locations as well if they will not be changing hands very often.
- High-end presentation in a high-traffic area.
Why You Should Get Paint
Paint is cheaper and easier than wallpaper to remove. Rather than having to undergo a time-consuming, difficult removal process, you can simply add a new layer of paint to the old one! If you know the place you're living is not your forever home, painting saves the cost and hassle that wallpapering would have. Plus, sometimes, a room needs that gloss and sparkle to really stand out, in which case, paint is what will do the trick! To figure out what kind of paint sheen works best for you, check out this article! If you're looking to paint a ceiling, this Pro Paint Corner article has your back.
Alternatives to Wallpaper and Paint
While wallpaper and paint do dominate the wall decor market, there are options that don't merely involve choosing one or the other!
Certain wallpapers nowadays are either specially printed or covered with a specialty topcoat that will allow you to paint the surface of the wallpaper! Covering a textured wallpaper with a glossy paint finish would enable you to capture the best of both worlds—shiny and textured!
Who says you simply have to commit to either just wallpaper or just paint! If you're able to find a complementary-colored paint and wallpaper, then you will be able to mix and match them. Use the off-colored material as an accent wall!
Wall murals are a hot new trend in the home decor world. Since many murals are covered with a removable adhesive, they're easy to put up and take down, which is great for renters. Furthermore, since these murals are printed on-demand, you're able to tailor it precisely to your space. Plus, unlike traditional wallpapers, you're able to display full images or photographs on a mural! Wall murals are the perfect alternative to wallpaper and paint.