By Laura Ashley,

Getting your first home is an exciting feeling, somewhat an accomplishment in life that you’ve got something to be proud of and to show for. Decorating your dream home should play an important part and require much thought, especially the walls! Know exactly what you want but aren’t too sure whether you should paint or use wallpaper? If you have difficulty in choosing one from the other, this article is going to compare the advantages and disadvantages of wallpapering and painting to give you an idea what's best for you!


Pros of Wallpaper

To apply wallpaper, all you need to do is measure and cut the right size and then stick it down. Wallpapers stick easily and smoothly onto walls, eliminating any surface imperfections to disappear immediately. The best thing about wallpapers is that there are endless chic designs, intriguing textures and beautiful prints to choose from that add depth and style to your house.

Cons of Wallpaper

Removing wallpaper from walls could be a pain in the backside! When you hear the sound of tearing, you know your wall is going to suffer and end up with many holes and unwanted scarring. Besides, it is unavoidable that wallpaper peels over time in damp areas. Even worse, it can look very noticeable when the wall becomes damp.  


Pros of Paint

Painting can be very therapeutic and easy although might be quite time-consuming. You can easily change the color if you feel bored by painting over the original color. As you only need to paint over the old color, there is no harm to the wall. There are many paints that you can buy on the market that dries super quick too and has no odor. Creating stencils can be fun and give off a visually stunning appearance. Why not give yourself a small DIY project? think palm tree-tropical green leaves or tribal mandala prints for a bohemian inviting feel.


Cons of Paint

If you’re not going to use stencil prints then your choice is restricted to a very limited spectrum. Only common and single color is available with no texture and pattern that only makes your house look ordinary but nothing fancy. You would probably need to paint often as paint chips and cracks over time. Some paints can leave a strong smell and time is needed for the odour to go away. Painting can get messy and you will need to watch your step and make sure you cover up your floors and furniture.


Why not mix and match and try using both together, this way you can make some stunning designs. Realistic looking textured wallpapers such as the 3D Brick Wall Wallpaper can give the real deal without breaking the bank. They are cost effective and look great in the kitchen, bathroom or living room for an urban rustic look. Always buy products that will last longer because even though it might be a little more expensive, it will be long lasting and save you more in the long run.



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