If it’s time for a change with your home’s interior, one of the best places to start is with the walls. But what is the better option: paint or wallpaper? Let’s take a quick look at the good and bad of each to help decide which is your best choice!
Wallpaper has gone in and out of style for decades. When people think wallpaper, they think of tacky wall coverings from the 70’s, but the wallpaper of today is modern and sleek. Needless to say, it’s making a comeback.
Bargain wallpaper can be purchased at around $5-10 per roll, but if you’re looking for the designer stuff you’ll more likely be paying around $100 for a roll. Hiring a professional to install your wallpaper can get pretty costly, but it almost always guarantees that the wallpaper will look great and have little to no imperfections.
Little nicks or cracks in the wall won’t need as much attention during the prepping stages because the paper will cover them. Wallpaper isn’t highly affected by normal wear and tear, which makes it durable and long-lasting. Modern varieties of wallpaper are washable.
Wallpaper has the tendency to peel over time, especially in rooms more exposed to moisture. Removing wallpaper can be highly time consuming, difficult, and tedious.
Painting your home’s interior has never been an unfashionable option. Even if you’re not opting for a new color, a fresh coat of paint throughout your home can transform it and make it look brand new. With paint, the design possibilities and color schemes are endless.
A gallon of paint can costs anywhere from $15 to $50, and the cost of your painting project will depend on the quality of paint you desire and the size of the room you’ll be painting. If you do it yourself, you’re also paying with your time. Hiring a professional painter is a great alternative. They base their prices upon room size, amount of prep work, and length of the job.
Painting is usually more affordable than wallpaper. It’s easier to apply since there’s no messy adhesives or seams to worry about. Trim can be painted a different color than walls to create a more sophisticated look.
Painting requires a little more prep work than wallpaper. Nicks and scratches are more easily noticeable.