Wallpaper or Paint, Which Would You Prefer at Home?

paint & wallpaper

We all love to spice up our homes and add a touch of our taste to every nook and cranny of the place. The wall of your home or apartment has the power to transform the outlook and ambiance of your home, but the hard part is making the right choice regarding its durability, aesthetics, ease of maintenance, and pricing. Choosing between these two wall finishing options can sometimes pose a challenge, still, you have to decide which will work better for you.

Primarily, wallpapers offer a wider variety of designs when compared to traditional paint. Now that the market is inundated with a variety of designs in paint as well, including stripes and other patterns, making a choice has become even tougher.

It is important to understand the merits and demerits of both options. These aside from providing required information will also enable you to make the right decision in beautifying your home.

Wallpaper Vs Paint; Factors to Consider

Preparation time

The time it takes to prepare a wall before applying either paint or wallpaper needs to be taken into account. Paint is much easier to apply and requires less effort. On the other hand, sticking wallpaper requires covering and fixing of imperfections such as plugging holes in a wall or re-plastering. Meanwhile, paint covers many such imperfections by itself.

If the home is old and needs a lot of renovation, it is wiser to choose paint. Besides, wallpaper cannot be used in every part of the house. It will be unwise to use it in bathrooms and toilets which are always damp, the wallpaper will wear off within a year if applied in these parts.


Although the actual cost depends on the quality and brand of products chosen, wallpaper is likely going to be costlier to apply than paint. There are cheaper options here too, however, they might not give the same effect as a good quality product. The number of supplies needed to paint a wall is also few, compared to fixing wallpaper, that needs glue and other material.

Yet, wallpaper, if well glued, lasts longer than paint, hence, it can be called the cheaper option in the long-term despite its initial high cost.


Paint has to be redone once every two to three years. The maximum life of a painted wall is five years, after which it begins to wear off. Meanwhile, a well-maintained wallpaper can last up to 15 years.


Paint fumes and their damaging health effects are widely known. Some cheaper quality paints have chemicals like ‘resins and pigments’ which harm the environment as well. Wallpaper is devoid of this disadvantage.


Painting can be done by the homeowner without seeking any professional help. Even if painters are hired, unskilled labourers can complete the job without burning a hole in your pocket. On the other hand, attaching wallpaper is a skilled job. If cheap labour is employed, the wallpaper may not stick well and come off or tear, thus, doubling the cost.


Wallpaper can easily be washed and cleaned, hence, it is easy to maintain. This is especially true of homes with children. Writings and scribbling on the wall can be cleaned. Yet, wallpaper has a tendency to get dirty and a simple scratch can damage it permanently. In the case of paint, dirt on the wall may require re-painting; especially if the colour is white or cream.


It is not advisable to use wallpaper in cities with a humid climate. The glue might lose its hold in such areas and the wallpaper could tear off easily. On the contrary, paint has better resistance to heat, but it is not suitable for excessively hot neighbourhoods. Oil-based paint, in particular, tends to melt and form patches all over the wall.

The wonderful world of wall finishes is vast and customizable. Whether you choose wallpaper or paint, either one can immerse your home in subtle or bold colour, and character. The choice is definitely yours, that’s why home decorating is so exciting.


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