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Wallpaper or Paint: Which is Right for You

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By : Vicki Hat    99 or more times read
Walls are very important part of the house. Aside from the obvious fact that it is the barrier from the outside elements which protects you and your stuff, it also makes your home beautiful. How you design your walls create a big impact on the overall appearance of a specific room. It sets the background and blends in all the elements used to beautify a particular room.

But whether it is re-designing a room or refinishing the walls, people are still confused whether to go with paint or wallpaper. These two methods have always helped people attain great and beautiful walls but each having different effects and maintenance issues. That is probably the reason why people get so confused as to what option to go with.

If both seem feasible for you, here are some points to consider in determining which option to go with:


This has been the longest wall treatment used. In fact, paint has evolved so much and it has become safer to use. Different kinds of paint have different finishes, manageability and toughness. Paint is most applicable for big walls. This is because they are easier to apply.

The disadvantage of paint depends on its types. There are 3 kinds of paints that you can find in the market. They are: latex, acrylic and oil-based.

- Latex: They are known for ease of application and fast-drying. It is also easy to clean walls with this type of paint. It is also non-flammable. However, they cannot be applied on glossy surface and they have the tendency to yellow over time. They also cause metals to rust and they are difficult to clean compared to oil-based paints.

- Oil-based: They are applauded for the easiness in cleaning. Some concoctions are actually resistant to chips. They are perfect for making over walls that are filled with imperfection and they are stain resistant too. However, there are prone to fading and is hard to correct. They are also costly and prone to fire. Not so friendly to the nose either.

- Enamel: Gives shiny surface; hence, it is easy to clean. However, it is hard to use.


People have found several reasons why to go for this method. For one, it has tons of styles to offer you. The styles are packed with patterns and colors, unlike paint which can be monotonous and plain at times. You can chose designs that could reflect much of who you are. And the design you use could also identify the kind of room you have (like blue bear wallpapers for your baby boy nursery or something like that). It also does a better job in concealing imperfections.

The only problem with wallpapers is that it is difficult to clean. One has to be careful with the solutions used in cleaning them. The stain is sometimes hard to remove, especially if it was from a ballpens or crayons.

Another disadvantage of wallpaper is its fading. Once directly exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun, it could easily lose its quality. They are also not good for homes prone to humidity as the wallpaper can detach itself from the wall.

It is also expensive to replace. If you purchased a wallpaper design that existed back in the 90's, there is a big chance that they no longer are being offered in the market today. Hence, you have to buy a new set, which then end up having to tear up the old wallpapers down and replace them with the new one for uniformity sakes.

Having these things in mind could help you decide which one to choose. Wallpaper or Paint, whichever among the two, will have their own advantages and disadvantage. And only you can decide which one is more beneficial and advantageous for your walls.
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