Wallpaper vs Painting

Wallpaper vs Painting

One of the most common questions we get at AAA Painters is “Should I use wallpaper, or paint? Which one looks better? And, what’s the difference?”

We’ve put together a quick how-to guide to understand the pros and cons of each, and help you decide which one you think will work best for your home or work space.

1. Wallpapering takes longer

If you already have existing wallpaper that you want to remove, the preparation process can be longer, and a lot more tedious than if you are starting from scratch.

You will need the right tools and/or chemicals to carefully strip the existing wallpaper, in a way that doesn’t damage the wall – which, if you aren’t experienced in, can be a somewhat dangerous task. Once this has been done, wallpapering a room is typically more time consuming, but lasts longer than paint.

2. Moisture can peel away wallpaper

In a moist environment such as a bathroom or kitchen, wallpaper may begin to peel away at the edges due to the intensive steam and heat. However, while you won’t have this problem with paint, any sort of damage to the wall such as a dent or chip will be immediately noticeable, and repainting will be necessary – unlike wallpaper, where you can often carefully scrub away the marks and be none the wiser.

3. Initial expense is greater for wallpaper

Each new installation of wallpaper is typically more expensive than a paint job. But, you will generally have to paint a lot more often, so the overall costs tend to even out.

Whether or not you choose wallpaper or paint depends on a variety of factors that are specific to your needs, budget, lifestyle, and preferences. Contact us today and have a chat about how we can help you customise your space in a way that works for you!