Is there always a wallpaper vs paint battle being fought in your head? Wondering which is a better wall surface treatment for your home? This post makes the choice ...
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Is there always a wallpaper vs paint battle being fought in your head? Wondering which is a better wall surface treatment for your home? This post makes the choice easier for you.
(This is a chapter of a bigger guide on wallpapers.)
We feel you! Picking the perfect tone for your walls is no easy task. After all, the right texture and finish can turn your walls from drab to fab! To wallpaper or not is one question. ‘Are there any disadvantages’ is another. Is it cheaper to paint or wallpaper a room? Basically, you’re always faced with a choice of what wall treatment to go for: Wallpapers or paint.
Well, let’s find out!
Here’s a comprehensive guide of the advantages and disadvantages of both to help you out:
(Note: As far as prep work is concerned, both paint and wallpaper need an even surface before application. The walls need to be sanded, plastered and finished with a coat of primer. If you have an existing wallpaper, it needs to stripped down carefully without damaging the wall. Might require certain chemicals to get the job done.)
|Ensures perfect finish overall and at edges.
Process takes 2 to 3 days for as a minimum of 3 coats is applied.
May stain floors, furniture and windows, if proper care is not taken.
|Can be applied quickly and without a mess if you have the right tools and basic skills.
There are chances of air bubbles or crevices forming and, thus, spoiling the appeal of the design.
|Renders an even finish but colours may sometimes vary from the chart to the final coat.
|There are no surprises in terms of shade accuracy.
|Modern paint solutions last longer (up to 5 years) and are also washable.
Paint can fade, if exposed to direct sunlight.
|Damaged portions of wallpapers can be covered or replaced with leftover roll.
Wallpapers can fade when exposed to sunlight, and can be damaged by scratches and tears.
|Is available in every imaginable shade possible.
Patterned textures cost more and require more time to be applied.
|Is available in a variety of colours, prints, patterns and textures (also customisable), with roughly the same application time and process..
May not be available in specific shades.
|Is cheaper than wallpapers, in cost per sq ft.
|Cost per sq ft increases for high-end designs and for installation.
Next, we’re going to tell you whether painting over wallpaper is possible or not! And also whether you can install wallpaper on painted walls or not.
Until then, if you’d like to read some more about paints and paint colour ideas, here are some posts that can start you off:
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