So you’ve decided you want to revamp a room and redecorate for a fresh look – but where to start? Homeowners have a choice between paint, wallpaper or a combination of the two, but with so many options out there it can be difficult to know what is best for your home and what will best reflect your style and desired effect.
As artisan painters and decorators we are familiar with all types of redecorating and understand the advantages and disadvantages of paint and wallpaper. Read on for the top pros and cons about each to make an informed decision for your next interior design project.
Painting can be a quick, cost effective fix for a number of jobs – but is it right for your entire room? Here’s why you should consider it:
- Paint comes in a huge spectrum of colours, shades and finishes – you just have to shop around. You can create a range of interior design styles with paint if you have the right shade, from modern to traditional.
- Painting is a fairly low cost option, depending on the quality of the paint.
- As painting is a relatively quick job you can enjoy a brand new room in under a day. It is also really easy to update and revamp if you want a new colour – simply paint over when desired.
Wallpapering is considered a more difficult job which is why many homeowners shy away from it. However wallpaper brings a whole world of advantages:
- Wallpaper is great for covering blemishes and holes in the plaster, without sacrificing on stylish décor. It’s a simple way to hide imperfections.
- While choosing to wallpaper an entire room can be significantly more expensive than a few tins of paint, wallpaper is known to last longer and can be more cost effective in the long run. It is said that wallpaper can last three times longer than paint (if you can refrain from redecorating for that long!)
- Wallpaper can add depth and warmth to a room which simply can’t be achieved with one tone paint. It’s not just the mix of colours and patterns which can transform a space – there are now more options than ever before in terms of texture and wallpaper materials.
Paint also has its downsides….
- Paint can look amazing at first but it can quickly fade and show signs of wear and tear, from cracks to marks made by furniture and messy fingers. You could find yourself touching up paint quite regularly.
- Unless you have a lot of wall hangings and decorative features in a room, it can look quite dull if you paint all walls the same colour. While you can choose different colours and borders, it is difficult to create contrast with paint alone.
- Many paints are harmful to the environment as they release VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). This also causes a nasty smell which can linger around the home for days.
Now it’s time to see what the pitfalls of choosing wallpaper are…
- Applying wallpaper correctly is so time consuming! It is also quite a difficult process if you have never done it before. This disadvantage doesn’t really matter though if you hire a professional decorator.
- Interior trends come and go – what you want on your walls now will probably feel old fashioned in a few years. The main disadvantage of wallpaper is the difficulty of removing it – it can take longer to strip a room than to redecorate it!
- Wallpaper can be expensive, especially if you opt for a brand new textured or natural wall hanging. This is one of the reasons why many people only wallpaper one wall or choose a feature wall with decorative paper, and the other walls in plain paper.
Now you know the pros and cons of paint and wallpaper, you can see how both would be useful in different situations. You need to consider how long you need the décor to last and if you are working to a strict timescale or budget. We suggest using a combination of the two – why not have one wall wallpapered and the others painted in a complementary colour?
If you still need help choosing the type of décor which is most suited to your home and your needs, we’re happy to advise you.