Wallpaper Versus Paint: Which Is Better?
The debate on wallpaper versus paint has gone intense in the past decade. While some can’t stop talking about the many merits of the new-age wallpapers as the best option to adorn and protect walls, others vehemently oppose any questions posed on the goodness of the traditional paint. While it is entirely an individual choice which argument you side with, it is important to be objective when you are picking an option for your home. Your requirements must play the decisive role whether you pick wallpaper or wall paint to adorn your four walls.
Now, let us see what fits your needs the best.
Everything, big or small, boils down to your budget. This makes it absolutely necessary to do a cost analysis beforehand, your preference for wallpaper to paint or the other way round notwithstanding.
Between the two, wallpapers are costlier.
In India, you could find wallpapers in standard 57 square foot (sqft) and 75 sqft rolls. The cost of one roll could be range anywhere between Rs 3,000 to Rs 10,000, depending on the variety you choose. The installation charge could vary between Rs 200 to Rs 500 per role, depending on the contractor you are hiring to do the job.
If you decide to go for a paint job, the cost would reduce significantly.
Depending on the paint brand and the contractor one picks, it would cost the owners between Rs 10 and Rs 20 to get a square foot of space painted. This includes the putty and primer job, too. Even if you choose only the best of all materials, it should not cost you over Rs 35,000 to get a 1,000-sqft home painted.
Let us assume you are not going to do the job yourself, and a skilled worker would be hired to do it for you. Let us also assume you are starting on a bare wall.
It would not take more than a couple of days to get a room painted. Installing wallpapers on the other hand is a job that must be done extremely carefully for the product to give you the best results. It may take at least a week to get the job done in a similar room.
Do note here that if the wall is not bare and needs renovation or scraping of the old wallpaper, the process would extend much longer.
If you are someone who gets bored easily, wallpapers might not be ideal for you because they would last you as long as a decade and a half if they are of fine quality and the installation has been superb. Even if you have picked the best of the paint, you will have to get your home painted in five years ─ that if you wait till walls begin to look dull. Since wallpapers are more durable, they are more cost effective in the long run as the return of investment is higher than painting.
There are as many varieties of paint available in the market today as you could conceive in your mind. They also come in different base types — water and oil base paints. They come in different finishes, too, including matte finish, semi-gloss & gloss finish, eggshell finish and satin finish. Sky is indeed the limit if you go for painting.
The same is true in case you pick wallpapers. Among the most popular types of wallpapers are vinyl, vinyl-coated fabric, solid-sheet vinyl, non-woven, pre-pasted, grasscloth, etc.
The world of 3D printing has further revolutionised this space. You can get any image you desired painted on the wallpaper and have it installed in your home.
Wallpapers are pasted on your walls using adhesive. Any exposure to moisture and humidity means the paper peels off. Similarly, exposure to heat could damage the wallpaper. This is why wallpapers are a strict no-no in areas such as bathroom, kitchen and exterior walls. These could only be used in specific locations such as bedrooms, sitting areas and dining areas. Paint, too, would not stay its usual course in areas where there is constant exposure to moisture and heat. It is for this reason that tiles are become a popular option to fix bathroom and kitchen walls in place of paint.
Paint has the tendency to chip and wallpaper has the tendency to peel off. If you invest in fine quality stuff, they would bear the wear and tear tolerably well. Depending on the quality, you may also be able to wipe them clean if you young one decided to use the wall for doodling purposes or you pet fancied jumping it up and down. However, to apply that quality of material, you will have to invest heavily, too. In this case, you strictly get what you pay for in the best-case scenario.
Now that we have a general idea, and may have made up your mind to pick one, let us look at what else you must consider before making a final decision.
It may not be advisable to do the job yourself if you are looking for perfection.
In case part of the wallpaper is damaged, you may find it difficult to get a replacement as design and patterns keep changing. Consequently, you will have to get the entire wallpaper changed.
In case you start having second thoughts about the design you pick, you will have to apply a good deal of muscle to do the scrapping.
It is a child’s play to pick the colour-schemes. Paint companies offer a million ready-made options to pick from.
In case you don’t see the colour working its magic, you could get it repainted soon without much hassle.
In case you decide to do-it-yourself, you would find the painting job easy.
Do you really have to pick one?
Of course not! Most homebuyers these days are using wallpapers one wall to make it the highlight point while painting the remaining walls. Then, there are texture wallpapers that you could paint. In the world of wall-covering, you may go as far as your imagination takes you.