Paint vs Wallpaper

Paint vs Wallpaper

Planning to update your walls, but can't decide between wallpaper or paint? Both will have your home looking just gorgeous, so it really is such a tough one! Have a look at these key factors which we hope will make your decision making a little easier:


​Upfront the costs of wallpaper and installation may be more expensive than paint, although over time paint will need to be touched up, especially in high traffic areas.


​Wallpaper comes in a dazzling array of designs, textures and colours, including gorgeous effects like pearlescent, glitter, suede, metallics and natural grasscloth, to name a few. Paint, on the other hand, may have a nearly limitless range of colours, but only has a limited range of finishes and textures available, although there are many paint techniques one could do to create the wow factor (see image below).
​It is also easier to change paint colour than wallpaper over time.



​Wallpaper can last up to 15 years and more, which does make it a cost effective way to decorate. It is generally accepted that properly hung wallpaper will last 3 times as long as paint. It is also a great option for high traffic areas.  Seams may lift on wallpaper, especially in damp areas, so in this case you would just need to reapply adhesive to these areas.

A painted room will  last about 10 years, and if a high traffic area, more touch ups may be required. Touching up is easy, but you'll need to make sure your touch up paint matches the original colour, especially if purchasing a new can.



​Wallpaper adheres smoothly and easily to walls, hiding many surface imperfections. Great for damaged walls or older homes. Any large holes or imperfections will need to be filled and sanded. An existing wallpaper will need to be removed first, and if matching existing wallpaper, be sure to match the patterns properly. Installation can be done by yourself or a professional. You can also almost immediately hang art or touch the walls.


​Paint can be applied in any room after the walls have been properly prepared. If your walls have any damage or imperfections, they will need to be filled and sanded before painting begins. This may take a lot of work, depending on the amount of damage! Applying paint is straight forward and can move quite quickly. One thing to bear in mind is the odour, and the room being painted will need to be well ventilated. Special care must also be taken to use drop cloths to keep floors paint free. Paint will also need to dry before hanging art or touching walls. 

​So with all this in mind, what have you decided?