Paint, Wallpaper, Or Both?

21 April 2017
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One of the fun things about owning a home or business is decorating it. Many people know what kind of design style they want, but are uncertain if paint or wallpaper is best for their needs. Here are three points to consider to help you decide what to tell your contractor.


Both paint and wallpaper offer a lot of versatility. Paint comes in every color of the rainbow, and faux finishes can be applied to make the finished product look like a leather, marble, or another textured wall. Paints can also be blended to appear like a blue sky or an underwater ocean, which can be used as a backdrop to enhance your room theme. Paint is easy to wash and touch up if it becomes scratched.

Wallpaper offers even more design choices. Virtually every pattern and interior design style imaginable can be found. Customers can even design their own wallpaper at various online websites. One of the best advantages of wallpaper is it typically lasts longer than paint. It is very durable. A good, professional paint job also lasts a long time, it's just it chips eventually and its vibrancy tends to fade overtime. Wallpaper is also great for walls that have minor surface imperfections. While paint can be used in any room of the house, wallpaper isn't best for rooms with high humidity, like the bathroom.


Applying wallpaper is fairly difficult compared to painting. Everything has to be perfect with wallpaper. The walls will require prep work to make sure the adhesive will stick properly. The seams have to align, the patterns have to match up, and this requires skill. A wallpaper hanger needs to be very precise with his measurements in order for the finished product to look great. Painting, while it does require prep work, such as taping around woodwork and windows, is more straight forward. For this reason, professional painters and wallpaper hangers typically charge more for a wallpaper job than a paint job.

The Best Of Both Worlds

There's no reason to stick to just one medium for your walls. Many design elements can be created by using both applications. For example, wallpaper can be used to create an accent wall with a muted shade of paint covering the adjoining walls. Wallpaper borders are another popular option. In newer homes and office spaces that lack much in the way of architectural detail, you can add a textured wallpaper border that is made to look like ornate woodwork and is then painted to give you the traditional look you want.

For more information, talk to a professional like Decorators Service Co., Inc.