Paint or Wallpaper: Which Is the Better Option for Your Bedroom?
Your bedroom is a sacred, personal space. It’s important to decorate it to your exact preferences in order to promote restfulness and comfort. The first step in livening up any room is starting with the walls – how do you know which one is best for you? Below, we list the pros and cons of painting versus wallpapering.
Wallpaper: The Pros
When properly applied and maintained, wallpaper can last up to a decade and beyond, making it an attractive choice for those who want to save a few bucks on their decorating costs. It’s generally accepted that wallpaper can last up to 3 times as long as paint, so long as it’s been hung according to the instructions. Some wallpaper variants can easily be wiped clean, making it a great choice for households with small children or pets. It can also survive a lot of wear and tear.
Wallpaper adheres easily and smoothly, and is a blessing for walls that are uneven or perhaps riddled with several imperfections on the surface. You’ll be able to easily hide irregularities behind a thick wallpaper and be done with the project. It also comes in a multitude of shades and designs, and a carefully selected wallpaper pattern can add depth and whimsy to an otherwise boring, monotonic room.
Wallpaper: The Cons
Proper application of wallpaper can be a vastly time-consuming process, and it isn’t recommended to do it yourself. To properly hang wallpaper, it’s best to consult a professional who has the right tools and equipment required to prepare and prime the wall before installation. At the same time, removing it when you’re itching for a change can prove likewise troublesome. In this case, the lifespan of wallpaper can be a disadvantage in and of itself: you can’t just switch it out whenever you feel like redecorating or desire a change.
It’s also not suitable to use wallpaper in humid or high moisture environments, as it tends to peel unattractively in such areas. Unlike paint, remedying peeling wallpaper is not an easy task.
Wallpapering a small room can cause it to feel smaller, depending on the print you’ve chosen.
Paint: The Pros
Factoring in the option of doing it yourself, paint can also be a cost-effective option: it’s completely possible to do a bedroom by yourself, as painting does not require specialized tools to apply and all the materials you’ll need for the project can be found at your local hardware store. This makes it a likewise attractive choice for people who love to redecorate their homes – anytime you want a change, it’s easy to paint over the old coat and refresh the room. Just like wallpaper, you can personalize paint colors to your taste by mixing shades and creating your very own blend.
Paint is also not subject to the same kind of peeling wallpaper would be in humid environments – it withstands this kind of environment much better.
Paint: The Cons
If your walls are uneven or imperfect, you’ll have to prime it before applying paint for an even coating. It’s also necessary to protect fixtures and flooring before applying your first coat of paint if you’d rather not have unattractive droplets of paint everywhere.
Paint is not as durable as wallpaper – it is much more subject to chipping and denting with well-placed application of pressure. And while you can mix colors, you are limited to painting your walls in solid colors. Patterns are available, of course, but painting intricately over a wall overcomplicates an otherwise simple task.
Whatever option you choose, Handy Crew is here to help. Operating out of Orange County, CA, our experts are ready to help you make the best decorating choices for your home. Call us today for a free estimate.