Wallpaper or paint?

When it comes to redecorating your home, what you choose for the walls is so important, as it can completely transform the space. One of the first choices is paint or wallpaper.

A dramatic room can instantly be made soft and airy with the application of light pale paint color. While a room that feels too big can instantly feel cozy with darker wallpaper with a striking pattern.  There are pros and cons of using paint or wallpaper. Factors to consider are ease of application, cost, and versatility to your space.  Whichever you choose your walls will benefit from the addition of paint or wallpaper.

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Of course, there are advantages to each and you may even consider using both.

Wallpaper has many advantages and can be easily removed and replaced in future if needed.  It is very durable so ideal for busy families, especially those with young children.  Many varieties are now scrubbable as well so very easy to maintain, making them a great choice for kids’ bedrooms and playrooms.

Wallpaper tends to last longer and can be more cost-effective over the years.  It is best to avoid wallpaper in high moisture areas like kitchens and bathrooms though, unless you are using surface treated varieties that have a better moisture tolerance.

If you have thin walls or they are not in a good-enough condition to be painted (ie without being re-plastered completely),  a thick wallpaper will not only cover the defects but also create a stunning art wall.

There is a huge range of wallpapers to choose from, with a multitude of colours, patterns and textures available to suit whatever look you want for your home.

Bold colours and enigmatic prints can serve as an accent wall or a feature wall in a room. Even neutral prints in gold, beige and cream can complement both bold and subtle furnishings and exude a timeless appeal.

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Dunelm offer a great range of wallpaper with loads of options for kids, click here to see more, I Want Wallpaper have a tool to help you choose your style, click here to try it or alternatively Herts Decorators offer an extensive range to choose from to achieve your desired look.

One last advantage is that wallpapering is a quicker process than painting. It’s still a good idea to call in the experts though as wallpaper needs to applied flawlessly.

On the other hand, paint is available in any colour you can possibly imagine and you can mix and match as much as you like to customise it.  There are a variety of finishes to choose from such as matte, satin, semi-gloss and glossy.  If you choose a good quality paint, it will last for years and help to hide any imperfections.

Paint is suitable for any wall of the house and is mostly unaffected by humidity, but it’s worth keeping in mind that high usage and exposure to sunlight can cause it to fade and flake and you will need to retouch.

It is easier to paint over some damaged walls than it is to wallpaper over them.  Prepare imperfections with spackle and make sure you allocate at least 24 hours drying time.  Primer paint should be applied in advance to painting over darker coloured paint.

Paint can be more affordable than wallpaper and if you decide you would like a change, it is relatively easy to paint over in future.  A fresh coat yearly will update the look and feel of your home, keeping it ready to impress.

With a new coat of paint, your walls will have a new layer of protection from moisture. Moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth and even more extensive damage to your walls. A new coat of paint on your walls can help seal out moisture, reducing the added weight that can put stress on your home’s structural integrity. And with quality paint, it can help repel all the dirt, dust, and allergens, making it easier to keep your home clean.

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Dulux have a tool that allows you to upload a photo of your house to try out different colours virtually, try it here, and Homebase will create your perfect paint colour, see more here, whilst Herts Decorators offer a full range of paint colours to match your colour scheme.

If you can’t choose between them, or if you want paint but your walls are too damaged, there is always a combination option; paintable wallpaper. This comes in rolls or adhesive squares.  The thickness of the wallpaper helps to hide any imperfections like pits or dents and you can choose to paint it or leave it bare.

Paintable wallpaper is a thick wall covering that has a raised pattern which you can cover with ordinary flat or gloss paint.   It can be used throughout the whole room, on just one wall or on ceilings.

This option allows for full flexibility and customisation, giving the best of both worlds.

Paintable wallpaper works well in small spaces like bathrooms, mudrooms or foyers, and it can add subtle texture and pattern without overwhelming the eye or making the space seem cramped. Paintable wallpaper also lets you choose the precise color you want rather than hoping you find wall coverings in the shade you need, which allows for total design freedom.

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Remember that whatever you choose, you need to spend time preparing your walls before painting or wallpapering to get the perfect finish. Herts Decorators provide high quality and professional decorating services to our clients across Hertfordshire, book a free estimate with our team today!

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George Ryland