Paint or Wallpaper – What are the Pros and Cons When Decorating?

9th May 2014 posted in Home Lifestyle

Paint or Wallpaper – What are the Pros and Cons When Decorating?

The best thing about the walls in your home is that they can completely transform your space and style in a quick and easy way. Using paint or wallpaper, you can easily spice up a boring room just by changing up the colours and textures.

There are many different pros and cons when it comes to deciding whether to decorate your walls using paint or wallpaper, including the price, the level of difficulty and the versatility. So check out our guide below before making your decision:

Kids and Pets

Believe it or not, this may be the best place to start when deciding between the two, as both can cause damage in a home and ultimately end up leaving marks on your walls. Many young children like to demonstrate their more artistic side by drawing on newly decorated walls, and muddy pets can often fall asleep against them leaving a dirty dog-shaped mark.

Paint is not very easy to clean once it is on your walls – you can of course re-paint over any marks and dirt, but that can be a bit of an effort to do regularly. If you want wallpaper, then it is best to choose a vinyl material, as it does not damage as easily as other materials and is also easier to clean.


You need to take into account how long it will take to decorate using either paint or wallpaper, although starting from scratch on a bare wall means they may take around the same amount of time.

If you are going to be using wallpaper, you need to make sure the walls are completely clean, flat and undamaged before you start. When it comes to redecorating, wallpaper can be quite hard to get off as well, so this is something to consider. Paint usually takes a couple of coats and simply requires a level of primer underneath, and it also tends to be very easy to cover up.


If you are incredibly arty, then you can create whatever designs you want on your walls using paint, but for the majority of us any swirls and intricate detail can only be added with the use of wallpaper.

Paint comes in a huge selection of colours and finishes, but wallpaper can create a range of different surface and texture too. It comes down to a matter of preference, but if you are looking for a large stylish print, then you will almost certainly need to use pre-designed wallpaper.


Both wallpaper and paint come in a large range of prices, but in general wallpaper costs more. Paint requires very few supplies, whereas wallpaper will usually require the rolls, the paste to stick it to the walls with, and a table to prepare it on.

Many people will also hire a specialist to put wallpaper up as it can be quite tricky to do on your own, but if this is not the case then you could easily save some money by doing it yourself.

The Big Decision

Deciding between wallpaper and paint is really a decision that needs to be made based on a range of factors including those above. The great thing about walls is that they provide you with a great decorating canvas and are easily changed and customisable.

Whether you choose to go with the easy option of paint, or the more customisable option of wallpaper, both are sure to give your room a splash of colour and transform your interior design. If you fancy a bit of both, then there is always the option of paintable wallpaper – this provides you with a way to create a painted but textured effect and have the best of both worlds.