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Wallpaper vs Paint: A Comparison Part 1

September 18, 2018

 

Wallpaper vs Paint: A Comparison Part 1

 

 

 

There’s no doubt about it: the walls of your home are an important part of your interior designing process. Among the different designs, colours and choices you have, what should you go for?

Overall, whether you choose between the most commonly-sought option of painting or wallpapering, they each have their appealing points. The beauty of customisation options they offer can give any home character and an instant aesthetic boost.

To not overwhelm you with purchase considerations, we’ve divided this guide into two parts. Check out the first!

 

Before the Process

Wallpaper

For wallpaper, it’s necessary to achieve a smooth wall before laying it on. Sandpapering, washing and rubbing the wall is highly recommended for optimal results. You can also apply primer, but that is determined by the wall’s general state.

If you’re wallpapering over existing wallpaper, it’s fine but also depends on its condition beforehand.

Paint

If you’re taking the painting route, remember to paint over even, undamaged, smooth walls with no bumps or holes. Such imperfections will be easily spotted and will stand out like an eyesore. Hence, it’s best if you fill in holes, cover or sandpaper over them first before painting.

If you’re a resale flat homeowner, be careful to not paint over existing wallpaper. It will lead to a disastrous outcome, negatively affecting the paint quality and outcome of the paintjob.

It is a must to get rid of any existing wallpaper before giving the walls a fresh coat of paint.

 

Ease of Installation

Wallpaper

Getting your wallpaper up is a tricky process that involves careful measuring, cutting and matching the seams. If you need to strip wallpaper, you need even more tools and skills to do so. It works only with specific supplies and a careful worker to ensure that there is no damage.

Paint

Painting a wall is not rocket science and doesn’t need complicated tools to get done. All you need are brushes and paint rollers to get the job done. Unlike wallpapering, you can paint over existing coats without worrying about damaging the paint quality.

 

Cost

Wallpaper

It is no surprise that wallpapering is the costlier option of the two. For a single roll, it can cost up to the hundreds, depending on the design and quality. The more premium, the more expensive, but if it lasts longer, why not?

A typical HDB unit will need a few rolls at least, and don’t forget about the installation costs that is higher than what painting demands. You may want to source for wallpapering packages to reduce your overall costs.

Paint

As compared to wallpapering, painting your home is a more affordable option and suitable if you’re on a tight budget. Of course, the entire cost also depends on the quality of the paint you choose. It’s advised to not save on costs for your home’s paint job, be it on the paint or paint job.

Good paint can be long-lasting and will not chip or fade easily over time. You also want to hire good painters to do the job. They don’t have to be professionals, but some experience is preferable. Avoid unnecessary stress and headache of a bad paintjob like uneven or defective finishes.

Many paint providers offer painting packages to comfortably fit within your budget, so make sure to compare among them before deciding on one.

 

 

 

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