One of the first questions that we’re asked by customers is which form of wall transformation is better: paint vs. wallpaper?
The exciting part is that the walls of your home can be completely transfigured with the help of paint or wallpaper. You can easily make a room feel bigger and brighter with a lighter colored paint, or you can create a traditional feel with a textured or patterned wallpaper.
How do you know which option is best for your space? Here are a few questions that we ask our customers.
Do you have kids or pets?
As you may already know, kids and pets can do a number on walls. Kids tend to throw toys or rub their hands along walls, while pets leave behind their own marks. A scrub-able vinyl wallpaper is an excellent choice since it’s easy to keep clean. These wallpaper selections are available in low VOCs, so they’re friendly for pets and kids. On the same note, small blemishes can be easily repaired with paint, but keep in mind that when painted walls are damaged or hit, repainting will be necessary.
What type of selection are you looking for?
Paint is available in basically every color imaginable so you can achieve any look you desire. Through various methods such as ragging, sponging and color washing, you can create texture and patterns. Plus, paints are available in many finishes, such as high glosses and sheens. But, wallpaper has come a long way and is now available in an extensive range of colors and textures. Which leads us to our next question…
What type of work are you looking to put in?
Painting is relatively easy, albeit tedious, providing that you’re not painting complicated corners or high ceilings. Water-based paints also make for easy cleanup, and the range of painting tools on the market assist in getting the job done fast.
Wallpaper is not as tedious as it once was, and many selections have pre-pasted backings that require moisture. The big disadvantage is that removing wallpaper is time consuming, whereas painting over an existing color is much easier. So, if you’re someone who likes to redecorate often, painting is the recommended choice.
At the end of the day, the choice is yours! Both painting and wallpaper have many advantages, and the only limit you have is your imagination!