Wallpaper or paint? How do you know which one you should be using? The great thing about the walls in your home is they can each be different and customizable to fit your likes and preferences. It is your chance to add that bold and daring color or something subtle that doesn’t take away from your decor. Both wallpaper and paint are able to accomplish the look that you are trying to achieve. Here are some tips between the two and which is best for your upcoming project.

When it comes to the preparation part of the project both wallpaper and paint have different advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to using wallpaper, you must remove the existing wallpaper and is more susceptible to cause damage to the walls but covers already damaged walls better than paint does. Paint can show off the imperfections in the wall but does not take as much time in the preparation process as wallpaper requires.

Both wallpaper and paint have great selections to choose from, as well as different types of paints and wallpaper depending on where the project is in your house. Wallpaper is extremely durable and will hold up to wear and tear of high traffic areas. The down fall of wallpaper is that it is applied with adhesive. This causes rooms that are susceptible to high moisture such as bathrooms or kitchens can cause the wallpaper to peel from the wall.

Depending on the finish, paint is a good choice for a easy and inexpensive application. There are many different types of paints and coats to choose from, depending on your preference. With paint, there are high chances that the paint will chip which will require more painting.

Both wallpaper and paint can range in prices to inexpensive to more expensive. On average wallpaper is more expensive when you include all the tools that go into putting wallpaper up, including if you are going to hire someone to apply the wallpaper. Paint on the other hand doesn’t require many tools and pretty much anyone can do it.

What about using both? Paintable wallpaper is something to use when you are interested in adding texture to your walls. paintable wallpaper comes in rolls or adhesive squares. After the wallpaper is applied, you can paint over the textured wallpaper or leave it as is. This is a good alternative if you can’t choose between the two, because if you like who it looks as is- you don’t need to apply paint.

Whether you decide to use wallpaper or paint, either option can make your new project a success. Make sure you know what you want and what you want to accomplish with your project, this will help guide you to make your decision between the two. Regardless of what option you do choose, both will help you create a new and improved living space where you will want to spend all of your spare time.