Building & Renovating

Which One Should You Go For: Paint or Wallpaper?

Learn the pros and cons of the most popular panel covers

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When dressing up your home, one of the toughest decisions you have to make is choosing between paint and wallpaper. We can't say we're surprised—after all, there are so many factors to consider such as ease of application, cost, design, and durability, to name a few.

To make it easier for you, we've listed down a few advantages and disadvantages of both materials to help you pick which suits your lifestyle better. Check them out below: 


  • Prep is easier for paint. If you are painting over a damaged wall, all you have to do is prepare imperfections with spackle and let dry—no need to apply primer or adhesive. 
  • Paint is very affordable and fairly easy to accomplish. Most people can do a paint job themselves, as long as they have the proper supplies. 
  • Unlike paint that is prone to chipping off, wallpaper can last up to a decade which means you can skip the task of retouching for a few years. 
  • Wallpaper can give your room a stonger style punch with the prints and textures. You're limited to finishes and color blocking with paint. 


  • Wallpaper requires more effort, especially if your home has a lot of corners or edges. Unlike paint, if you decide that you dislike the color, you can just add another coat. 
  • There is no room for error when it comes to applying wallpaper. One mistake and you can ruin an entire roll. 
  • With paint, you don't have to worry about changing temperatures. Wallpaper can absorb moisture during the summer and peel away from the wall. 
  • Once scraped or hit, painted walls can chip and glue is not enough to repair it. You'd have to repaint the entire wall if necessary. 

SOURCES: Rhiannon's Interiors (Wallpaper or Paint: Which is a Better Pick?) and freshome (The Pros of Cons of Painting vs. Wallpapering)

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