Wallpaper versus paint – There’s a time and place for both

What do all rooms have in common? They all have walls – typically four – holding up the ceiling. This inherent feature of every room in our homes can significantly transform the overall look and ambience of a space.

If you are planning to inject some freshness into your home by redecorating the walls you may be mulling over whether to paint them or put wallpaper up. Both painting and wallpapering are popular ways to finish a room and both come with their advantages and disadvantages.
To help you decide whether to make wallpaper part of your design overhaul or to reach for the paintbrush, take a look at some of pros and cons of both wallpaper and paint.

Durability
How strong and durable you want the finishing on your walls to be very much depends on what room you are decorating. If, for example, you are decorating a room for a child, generally speaking, the walls will need to be ultra-robust in order to be able to withstand all the bangs, clonks, chips and tears a child’s room inevitably gets tested with.

In this sense, wallpaper might be a more pertinent choice. While wallpaper varies somewhat in quality, it is generally pretty durable and will therefore be able to hold up to the extremities children will throw at it.
By the same token, some types of wallpaper are washable. This means that, unlike paint, any scribbles that make their way off the colouring book and into the ‘much more fun to draw on’ walls are easier to scrub off.

High moisture rooms
Whilst durable to the ill-mercy of children, wallpaper is not so tough when it comes to moisture. As wallpaper is applied with an adhesive, in rooms that collect a lot of moisture, namely bathrooms and utility rooms, you’d be better off sticking to paint. Otherwise you may find yourself with peeling wallpaper, six or 12 months down the line.

Expense
The range of wallpapers available is all but limitless and, as a consequence, wallpaper can be bought to cater for an equally diverse amount of budgets. However, on average wallpaper is more expensive than paint. You will also need to consider the installation costs. When it comes to putting up wallpaper, the process generally demands more experience and expertise than merely painting walls. Having said this, textured paint finishes and higher end faux paint finishes can be costly, particularly when it is applied by a professional.

The style
The overall style a painted or wallpapered space provides is a little more ambiguous to judge for the simple reason that it fundamentally boils down to one’s personal preferences and taste. With both options you can opt for a subtle and sophisticated look or a bolder and more dramatic ambience. Or, if you really can’t decide, why not get the best of both worlds and opt for paintable wallpaper. Alternatively, a more novel approach would be to paint one or two of the walls and wallpaper the rest – the choice is limitless.