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Painting V/s Wallpaper - the Pros & Cons

by iDecorwala Admin on March 24, 2021

The walls of your home have the advantage of changing and transforming your space with the help of paint or wallpaper.  A dramatic room can instantly be made soft and airy with the application of light pale paint color. While a room that feels too big can instantly feel cozy with darker wallpaper with a striking pattern.

There are pros and cons of using paint or wallpaper. Factors to consider are ease of application, cost, and versatility to your space.  Whichever you choose your walls will benefit from the addition of paint or wallpaper.

Key factors to consider when deciding between painting vs. wallpaper


How long it takes to prepare a wall when deciding to paint or wallpaper needs to be taken into account.  If you’re starting from a bare wall then you can skip this tip, if you have an existing finish applied to the wall read on…


PROS: Removing existing peel-able wallpaper can be a simple job that leaves the special paper backing layer of the wallpaper on the wall as a new smooth wall surface on which you can install your new wallpaper design. 


CONS: If you are painting over a damaged wall, prepare imperfections with spackle and let dry 24 hours in advance.  Applying primer paint in advance to painting over darker color paint will make your painting preparation easier. Usually Painting job consumes a lot of time as every coat of paint needs to dry before another coat is done.

Selection & durability

Both paint and wallpaper comes in unlimited varieties and colors.  Paints come in various glosses and sheens, while wallpaper comes in paper and vinyl surfaces for durability and finish variation. The lifestyle of your family can make a considerable difference in which finish you select.


PROS: Very durable and will hold up to wear and tear of children, high traffic areas and many varieties are scrub-able.

CONS: Since wallpaper is applied with a water based adhesive, high moisture areas like bathrooms and kitchens may cause wallpaper to peel away from the wall.


PROS: Depending on the sheen/finish paint is a good option for areas that need to have an inexpensive and easy application.  Semi-gloss to high gloss paints are durable and are usually reserved for trim, exterior doors, etc… Satin, Eggshell and occasionally Flat sheens are used on interior walls.

CONS: When walls are damaged, scraped or hit, paint can chip and repairing and repainting will be necessary.


Wallpaper and paint can range in price from the low end to the high end of the cost spectrum. While a wallpaper is a pre-printed single coat installation process with amazing design & color options, a paint job might get costlier due to the time taken by a skilled labour to get the right design or/and finish.

A combination of both:

Many people want the versatility of adding a texture to their wall with customizable paint colors.  Paintable wallpaper is a product that comes in rolls or adhesive squares. After the textured wallpaper is applied it can be left bare or it can be painted.  Paintable wallpaper is the best of both worlds!

The bottom line

The wonderful world of wall finishes is vast and up to ones imagination.  Whether you choose wallpaper or paint, either one will give your home subtle or bold color and character.  However, wallpapers have an edge over time, design, color, style options that can be further customized and personalized.


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