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Wallpapering vs Painting Your Walls

Up until the past two decades or so, covering the walls of your home with wallpaper was seen as the only viable option. Only the most daring of homeowners would have dreamed of painting entire walls rather than choosing a traditional textured or patterned wallpaper design.

These days, people have more choice than ever when it comes to interior decoration which has left a lot of people wondering what is better, wallpaper or paint. To assist you in this conundrum, we are going to outline the pros and cons of both options to assist you in coming to an informed decision.

Preparation and Application

One important factor may be the time required to fully decorate a single room so that it is usable again. This will vary when taking into account whether the walls in question already have an existing wall covering but leaving that to one side, the time taken to decorate each room will be similar.

  • Wallpaper takes a certain level of skill to apply properly which may leave DIY novices taking much longer to finish a room than they otherwise should.
  • Wallpaper is of course applied in rolls which need to be plastered with an adhesive and then very precisely stuck into place.
  • Paint on the other hand is much quicker in application. Long reach rolling brushes are readily available which make painting large surface areas very simple, even for those not experienced in painting.
  • Drying time is a large factor with most rooms taking anywhere from a day or two to fully dry.

As you can see it’s a close call. The preparation and application time of paint will be much shorter but you will likely lose some time to the drying process.


Some of the rooms within your home are likely to see more use than others, making the durability and longevity of your chosen covering a serious consideration. There are a vast number of different types of wallpaper available on the market, some of them designed to be hardwearing. The same can be said for certain types of paint which can stand up to an impressive level of abuse before losing their colour or sheen.

  • Vinyl wallpapers will always be your best bet for walls which are going to take knocks and scrapes at some point. Vinyl wallpaper will protect the surface underneath and is resistant to physical damage with any damage present hiding itself well.
  • Standard matt and gloss paints hold up well but won’t protect the wall from physical damage. What is a benefit is that they can be easily painted over time and time again.

Buy Your Wallpaper

If durability is your number one priority, wallpaper is hard to beat. Its combination of low price and the variety available mean that you’re sure to find something perfect for your home. You can order wallpaper online from several different suppliers, all of which will be able to deliver straight to your door. All you need to do is supply the labour.

Wallpaper is still a great time tested option, whether you want something more traditional or a modern look.

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