Paint Vs. Wallpaper – Things to Consider

The walls of your home are like a blank canvas upon which you can create so many different finishes and designs – and can relatively easily change and transform your space.

Whether you choose wallpaper or paint for your walls, options are vast and customizable with each one giving your home either subtle or bold color and character, making home decorating an exciting venture.

There are pros and cons of using paint or wallpaper depending on different factors such as ease of application, cost, and versatility to your space.

For instance, you can soften the feel and look of a dramatic room with the application of light pale paint color, while a room that feels too big or cold can instantly get the cozy feel with darker wallpaper with a striking pattern.


If you have existing wallpaper, removing it can be a tedious task that requires patience, chemicals or stripping tools, and care, otherwise the walls can be damaged. If a wall is damaged, imperfections need to be prepared with a spackle and let dry 24 hours in advance.

Overall, painting requires less prep time than applying wallpaper.


This is the great thing about paint and wallpaper – they both come in unlimited varieties and colors. Paints come in big assortment of glosses and sheens. Wallpaper comes in paper and vinyl surfaces for different levels of durability, as well as in different finishes.

The décor preference and lifestyle of your family will determine which finish you want to select.



Wallpaper is very durable and will hold up to wear and tear of high traffic areas; also, many varieties are able to be scrubbed. The cons would be that wallpaper is applied with adhesive, so wallpaper in high moisture bathrooms and kitchens may peel away from the wall.

Paint would be a good option for when you need to have an inexpensive and easy application, but it would depend on the sheen/finish. Semi-gloss to high gloss paints are durable and tend to be good options for trim, exterior doors, etc., while satin, eggshell and occasionally flat sheens are typically used on interior walls. The cons would be that when walls are damaged, scraped or hit, paint could chip, requiring repairing and repainting.


Both wallpaper and paint can range in price from low to high cost.

Wallpaper is on average more expensive, since there’s a cost for the rolls, supplies and application. Paint on average tends to be cheaper, as it requires fewer supplies, and it’s often cheaper to apply. Still, higher end faux paint finishes, and textured paint are usually more expensive.

And there’s always an option to do a combination of both paint or wallpaper – adding an interesting texture to your wall with customizable paint colors, paintable wallpaper or a simple blend of both pain and wallpaper.

Whichever you choose, your walls and your whole home will benefit from the new look and feel!

Whether you need major remodeling or you want to revamp your walls, at Home One Services we are here to help enhance the look, comfort and safety of your home.

Rest assured our proficient and friendly team of contractors at Home One Services is here for all your home improvements and home maintenance needs in Lancaster, PA.