January 21, 2021

Wallpaper vs Paint: Which Is Better?

Wallpaper vs Paint

Wallpaper vs Paint

When you want to spruce up your home design, the easiest way to do so is to give your walls a much needed makeover. Treating the walls can really breathe new life into your home like no other! Of course, there are lots of options available, but most homeowners find it difficult to pick between wallpaper or paint.

So let’s look at some of the pros and cons and help you choose the option that suits you best:

Weigh the expenses

Not compromising on the quality, a wallpaper is definitely the more expensive option. However, it is a one-time investment and may last longer, therefore cutting cost in the long run. On the other hand, paint is a more affordable option overall as the skill and effort required to execute it is comparatively lower than wallpapers. Moreover, paint is more easily available.

Ease of application

If you don’t plan on taking professional help, then paint is probably the better choice for you. Paint job is a relatively easier affair, and it doesn’t necessarily need external assistance. Plus, it is a hassle-free option for standard-sized Indian home walls. Paint also has another advantage; one can always apply a new coat of paint on the older one, provided it’s the same colour.

However, if you don’t mind taking a bit of expert aid, wallpaper can be a good option for you as well – since it needs time and skill to be able to strip and apply a new wallpaper as well.

Long-term durability

Your home design also needs sustainability. Paint with good quality and finish can last you for a good five years. However, if your house is more exposed to sunlight, it can be tricky and the paint may begin to flake or fade sooner- you may end up having to do some re-touching in three years or so. Wallpaper, on the other hand, lasts a whole lot longer after a one-time application. On the average Indian wall, a wallpaper can go on for even fifteen years. But that doesn’t mean it cannot tear- in case of an accident you may have to redo the whole wallpaper, which is surely a more time consuming process than paint.   

Art and aesthetics

The main purpose of getting your walls done is to make your home decor aesthetically pleasing. So it makes sense to select an option that fulfils the aesthetic need as well. But here’s the best part – both paint and wallpaper can enhance the beauty of your living space very effectively. You can choose a textured wall painting design as they work well with Indian walls and can make for exquisite backdrops. Patterned wallpapers can also look gorgeous and stylish.

Variety and customization

When it comes to customization, paint surely has the upper hand. You can mix and match any number of colours and patterns in a wall painting design, and you can get the customization and variety you want. Since wallpapers are still relatively new in India, it can be difficult to customize them. But a great option can be to have a mix of both paint and wallpaper in your home, so that you get the best of both worlds!