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Paint vs. wallpaper: What’s better for your home?

A woman applying paint to her room

Are you having a hard time deciding whether to use paint or wallpaper for the walls of your home?  We’ve made it easier for you to make up your mind by listing the benefits of each option, and what will work for your needs.

When to use paint

  • If you want to give your room an instant makeover
    Paint is the quickest way to do it. Daub on a fresh coat in the color you want, let dry, and voila! – an instant update. You’ll need no more than a few basic equipment – a paint tray, brushes, and paint rollers, a drop cloth to make cleanups easy, a ladder, and painter’s tape to keep trims and edges tidy. While the prep work may take some time,  it’s still faster than applying wallpaper.
  • In humid conditions

    Paint is best for rooms where moisture hangs in the air. Bathrooms, laundry rooms, and steamy kitchens don’t take kindly to wallpaper, which will buckle over time. Paint withstands moisture and everyday wear and tear. Just make sure that the paint you choose is formulated to resist humidity and mildew.

  • If you want a more affordable option

    Paint has typically lower upfront costs as compared to wallpaper, making it easy on the wallet. The wealth of brands, colors, styles make it highly versatile as well. For even more savings –and because it can be fun – make your paint job a DIY project.

When to use wallpaper

  • If you’re looking for variety

    The sheer variety of wallpaper designs will boggle your mind. From patterns to textures, finishes to colors, wallpaper is unbeatable. The right kind of wallpaper can transform a room in dramatic ways. You can evoke the freshness of the outdoors, an 18th-century French drawing room with a toile pattern, or a cool modern vibe with a textured geometric design.

    Wallpaper can also improve the dimensions of your room. Horizontal stripes create the illusion of depth and more space while a vertically oriented design will make the ceiling appear a lot higher.

  • If you want to conceal imperfections

    Wallpaper is a quick and cost-effective way to conceal dented or pockmarked drywall. Unlike paint, which may require plastering, using thick wallpaper can cover up imperfections without prep work. Embossed or textured wallpaper, in particular, is especially suitable for hiding an irregular surface or cosmetic flaws.

  • If you want something durable and long lasting

    Wallpaper is a top choice for high-traffic areas in your home such as the entryway and hallways. According to Brewster Home Fashions, wallpaper can last for more than 15 years provided it is installed properly. Wallpaper is also much easier to maintain since it is easily washed and cleaned.

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