Wallpaper VS. Paint

The walls of our Richmond homes are the canvas to our lives. They tell a story and have the ability to change with us, as life changes. The style of our home, is the introduction to the families style and vibe.

We swap out out old photos, for updated frames and pictures. We change decor and colors as the latest trends come out. We cover up holes from old projects, wipe down stains from sticky hands and are constantly updating to show case our latest interest.
We have the unique advantage of changing and transforming the look and feel of our space with the help of a simple new paint job, color swap or wallpaper.  A dramatic room can instantly be made soft and airy with the application of a light pale paint color. While a room that feels too big can instantly feel cozy with darker wallpaper or a striking pattern.  Changing your decor can be such a fun and fulfilling project. But it can also be overwhelming when decided on a new color or wallpaper.
There are pros and cons of using paint vs. wallpaper. Factors to consider are ease of application, cost, and versatility to your space.  Whichever you choose your walls will benefit from the addition of paint or wallpaper.

  • Preparation: How long it takes to prepare a wall when deciding to paint or wallpaper needs to be taken into account.  If you’re starting from a bare wall then you can skip this tip, if you have an existing finish applied to the wall read on…

o   WALLPAPER: CONS: Removing existing wallpaper can be a tedious task that requires patience and the right tools to be effective.  Stripping wallpaper can be done with chemicals or stripping tools, but care must be taken or damage can result to the wall. (Our Hetrick Painting Staff is highly qualified in this area and know the care that needed to be taken)

o   PAINT: PROS: If you are painting over a damaged wall, prepare imperfections with spackle and let dry 24 hours in advance.  Applying primer paint in advance to painting over darker color paint will make your painting preparation easier. (*Painting requires considerably less preparation time than wallpaper.)

  • Selection & Durability: Both paint and wallpaper comes in unlimited varieties and colors.  Paints come in various glosses and sheens, while wallpaper comes in paper and vinyl surfaces for durability and finish variation. The lifestyle of your family can make a considerable difference in which finish you select.

o   WALLPAPER: PROS: Very durable and will hold up to wear and tear of children, high traffic areas and many varieties are scrubbable. CONS: Since wallpaper is applied with an adhesive, high moisture bathrooms and kitchens may cause wallpaper to peel away from the wall.

PAINT: PROS: Depending on the sheen/finish paint is a good option for areas that need to have an inexpensive and easy application.  Semi-gloss to high gloss paints are durable and are usually reserved for trim, exterior doors, etc… Satin, Eggshell and occasionally Flat sheens are used on interior walls. CONS: When walls are damaged, scraped or hit, paint can chip and repairing and repainting will be necessary.

  • Expense: Wallpaper and paint can range in price from the low end to the high end of the cost spectrum. Wallpaper on average is more expensive to purchase the rolls, supplies and to have it installed.  Paint on average is cheaper and requires very few supplies, and an amateur can apply it.  It should be noted that inexpensive wallpaper can be purchased and if you do it yourself can cut down on installation costs. Similarly with paint, higher end faux paint finishes, and textured paint can be expensive especially if it needs to be professionally applied.
  • A combination of both: Many people want the versatility of adding a texture to their wall with customizable paint colors.  Paintable wallpaper is a product that comes in rolls or adhesive squares. After the textured wallpaper is applied it can be left bare or it can be painted.  Paintable wallpaper is the best of both worlds!

The beautiful and colorful world of wall finishes is vast and customizable! These fun home projects can transform our homes and be such a fun way to bring families together to showcase what best represents the families vibe. From historic Richmond homes, that want to keep their old fashion charm, to new developing Richmond houses that represent the latest in decor and home fashion.

Whether you choose wallpaper or paint, either one will give your home subtle or bold color and character.  For the appeal of both, try paintable wallpaper or stick with paint or wallpaper. The option is yours and that’s why home decorating is so exciting!
Either way, Hetrick Painting would love to be a part of your project; With expert advice, quality care and attention to detail, We treat your home and property with respect and love.

Does the idea of do it yourself projects using paint or wallpaper terrify or excite you? Let us know!