Whether you’re redecorating a single room or your entire home, the process of choosing finishes can be a lot of fun. The right wall coverings act as the perfect canvas for everything else you want to do with a room. There are two main choices available when it comes to selecting wall coverings: paint and wallpaper. Both are great options that can be used to transform a space and create the look and feel you’re after. The choice usually comes down to how much time and effort you want to put into a project. In this article, we’ll explore paint and wallpaper and see which one offers the best solution for your next DIY home improvement project.
Whether you’re painting or wallpapering a surface, preparation is the key to getting a high quality, long-lasting result. There’s no point in spending big money on quality paints and wallpapers if you aren’t going to make sure they have the best possible chance of staying on the wall.
The preparation needed for a quality paint job is straightforward. Repair any imperfections using plaster and then clean the wall with a gentle soap and warm water. You’ll also need to mask off any windows, switches, lights and other fittings that you don’t want to get paint on. Once that’s done, you can get started with priming and painting your room.
Preparing a surface for wallpaper can be a little more complicated. Just like painting, it’s important to repair any imperfections in the wall as these will show through at the end. While you can skip masking off, you will still need to prepare the wall with a layer of paint-on primer. A fresh coat of primer improves the appearance of wallpaper and prevents the adhesive from damaging the wall. Primer is also an important step if the colour of the wall is significantly different from the colour of the wallpaper.
Time Invested in the Project
In most cases, it takes about the same amount of time to apply paint as it takes to apply wallpaper. Remember that when painting you’ll need to lay down at least two coats of colour, and masking off your area can take a bit of extra time. But, painting is a much easier DIY task than wallpapering, which can take a bit of practice to get right. Once you’ve got the hang of it, wallpapering can be quick, but if it’s your first time or if you’re using wallpaper with a complex pattern, you can expect the process to take much longer than painting.
Painting is More Affordable
Wall coverings are still an area where you get what you pay for. High quality paints will adhere well, last longer and look better than cheap products. The same is true for wallpaper. While you can find paper and adhesives for cheap, the result is often that they’re harder to work with, making it more difficult to achieve a quality finish. When you take all the expenses into consideration – including the tools you’ll need to get each job done – painting works out to be more affordable than wallpaper.
Selection and Durability
Whether you want to wallpaper or paint, you’ll be able to find products in just about every colour, pattern and finish you want. If you want a patterned look – like for a feature wall – it’s hard to go past wallpaper. But modern paint products are available with a huge selection of textures and finishes that make them ideal for every design aesthetic.
So the choice between wallpaper and paint comes down to how your family uses the space. Quality wallpaper is tough and will look great for years. Lower quality wallpapers are prone to fading and peeling, especially if they’re exposed to a lot of sunlight or live in a room with high humidity. On the other hand, quality paints are ideal for all rooms and high-traffic areas, and it’s simple to touch up any damage to the paintwork.
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