Paint vs. wallpaper

Whether you’ve chosen to hire a professional painter or decorator for your home or decided to take on the task yourself, you need to carefully consider the decoration. Go to any home store and you’ll quickly become overwhelmed with the vast choice available in paint and wallpaper.

What colours do you opt for? Which colours will complement each other? Should I go for wallpaper of paint? You’ll be flooded with these questions and many more and it’s in this case that a professional may be your best call of action.

Once you have made contact with a professional you’ll be able to arrange a suitable time to meet and discuss the ideas you have. It’s best to have measured the space you want decorating, so the professional knows what to expect before arriving.

Of course, any reputable painter or decorator isn’t likely to have a space in his/her diary for tomorrow, so it’s a good sign if you have to wait for an appointment. But don’t worry, the work’s unlikely to be essential and this will give you time to browse DIY stores and get a better idea on paint and wallpaper themes.

But what should you be opting for: Paint or wallpaper? Here are the key points to these two household favourites.


Painting a room is a quick and easy way to completely transform the space. It has always been the most popular redecorating option for a number of reasons:

  • You can choose from a range of colours and shades which have been created, giving you the chance to get the tone you want
  • There are two common paint types: Emulsion and gloss. Gloss tends to have a more hardwearing finish and is often used for coating wood
  • Paints can be purchased for use where water is a major factor, such as kitchens and bathrooms
  • There are a range of techniques possible to create differing effects. This includes stencilling, rag rolling, marbling or wood effect
  • Prices can be as cheap or expensive as you can afford, starting from £3 per litre. Expensive oil-based paints can push the £30 per litre mark.

Wallpaper has returned to prominence in the last few years and with a seemingly endless range of patterns and colours to choose from it’s easy to see why. Here are some tips for wallpapering your home.

  • Wallpaper pricing can start very cheap, but untreated paper is likely to be the least hard wearing
  • Vinyl wallpapers are washable and will be more likely to wear and tear
  • Woodchip wallpaper is one option for disguising poor wall surfaces
  • Prices can range from £5 to £20 per roll, whilst the most expensive choices can go up to £200
  • However, wallpaper’s main downfall is that it can be difficult to hang, whilst professionally fitted wallpaper can last 10-15 years.

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