Painting or wallpapering? What to choose when renovating an apartment or house?

During a comprehensive renovation of an apartment or house, sooner or later everyone faces the key question: what to choose – painting or wallpapering? Both solutions have as many advantages as disadvantages, and result from both individual aesthetic preferences, as well as budget or timing issues. There is no denying that from the point of view of feasibility, painting walls is simpler, faster and easier, however, sometimes it is not the best possible choice. In this article, we present the advantages and disadvantages of painting and wallpapering walls.

The character of the interior of an apartment or house can be completely changed immediately – small and dark rooms can be made delicate with a light, pale color of paint. A room that seems too large can become “cozy” thanks to the use of dark or colorful wallpaper with a spectacular pattern. Factors to consider include ease of application, cost, and versatility in space. Whichever option you choose, your walls will benefit from the addition of paint or wallpaper.


When we decide to paint or wallpaper a room, the first thing to consider is the time needed to prepare the wall. If it starts with a bare wall – it all depends on its quality. If there is already an existing finish on the wall – it all depends on the factors below:


CONS: Removing existing wallpaper can be a tedious task that requires patience and the right tools to be effective. Removal of the wallpaper can be done with chemicals and removal tools, but care must be taken not to damage the wall. Consult your building supply store for specific instructions specific to your case.


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ADVANTAGES: if the wall is damaged, cover all irregularities with putty and let it dry for 24 hours. Applying a primer paint over a darker paint before painting will help with color coverage. Painting requires much less preparation time than wallpapering.

Choice and durability

Both paint and wallpaper come in an unlimited number of different varieties and colors. Paints come in a variety of glosses and shades, while wallpapers come in paper and vinyl surfaces for durability and a variety of finishes. Your family’s lifestyle can make a big difference in choosing the right finish.


ADVANTAGES: it is very durable and will withstand the loads associated with use by children. It is dedicated to high-traffic places that are often cleaned.

DISADVANTAGES: since the wallpaper is applied with glue, in bathrooms and kitchens with high humidity, it may begin to peel off the wall over time.


PROS: depending on gloss and finish, paint is a good option for areas that require inexpensive and easy application. Semi-gloss and high-gloss paints are durable and are usually for borders, exterior doors, etc. Paints in a satin, semi-matt and matte finish are used on interior walls.

DEFECTS: when damaged, scratched or hit, the paint may chip, requiring repair and repainting.


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Wallpapers and paints can have different prices, from the cheapest to the most expensive. Wallpaper is generally more expensive than paint in terms of roll purchase, materials and installation costs. Paints are generally less expensive, require very few materials and can be applied by an amateur. It should be noted that cheap wallpapers can be purchased and installed yourself, which reduces the cost of laying them. High-quality textured effect paints and textured effect paints can be expensive, especially if they require professional application.

A combination of both solutions

Many people wish to be able to add texture to their wall with customized paint colors. Painted wallpaper is a product available in rolls or squares with glue. After applying the textured wallpaper, it can be left unfinished or painted.


The world of wall finishes is huge and customizable. Regardless of whether you choose wallpaper or paint, both of these solutions will give your home a subtle or bold color and character. For a combination of both, try painted wallpaper or stick to paint or wallpaper.

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