Wallpaper adds warmth and color to any room, but the type of wall covering is important. There are many types and styles of wallpaper available, from discount wallpaper to designer wallpaper. Deciding what type of wallpaper you want can help you decide the right size, style, and look. There are advantages and disadvantages to all types of wallpaper. If you are planning a big change in style or design, ask your local retailer that wallpaper would be best for your home. Here are a few of the advantages and disadvantages of wallpaper for your home.
Wallpaper comes in a variety of thicknesses of paint, glazing, backing, or ink. It is important to understand how much wallpaper you will need and how it will affect the look and feel of your wall. Wallpaper is relatively durable and will usually last up to 15 years making it a very cost-effective method of covering your walls. In addition, if the wallpaper is installed properly it can actually last three times as long as paint. On the other hand, if you have uneven walls, low-quality wallpaper may hide major imperfections in the wall.
Another advantage of wallpaper is that it provides a decorative effect when painting on walls. When painted on, it creates a textured effect on the surface creating interest and different colors in the design. This is why there are many types of prints made with wallpaper. The disadvantages of paint on wallpaper include its inability to provide an even covering, fading over time, difficult cleaning, and formation of blisters when brush texture contact is present. In addition, painting on wallpaper can be messy since the paint must be removed from the paper after it dries.
When painted, most paints have a smooth, velvety texture. This textured paint is what gives most wall patterns their unique look. While textures can be used to great advantage, they can be difficult to maintain and care for, with the paint coming off in patches unless the paint is stripped completely from the walls.
One of the least expensive forms of wallpaper is foil wallpaper, which offers a smooth texture but is also low maintenance. However, it does not have the unique patterns or designs found with some of the other types of wallpaper. In addition, foil wallpaper patterns can easily be peeled or torn, providing a noticeable contrast when painted next to adjacent strips. Also, foil wallpaper offers only a low degree of color coverage, so patterns can become distorted once painted on without treatment.
Sheer or semi-transparent paper is the least expensive type of paint for covering walls and offers very good coverage for small areas, though it has the smallest range of colors available. This means that paintings or designs that you like will be difficult to locate. Additionally, the small range of colors makes this an inappropriate choice for rooms where one wants a pattern to stand out.
Has a theme
Some people choose to use wallpaper on their walls because they want to set a particular theme or decorate their walls in a specific way. However, there are many disadvantages to using this method. First of all, painting your walls with lower quality paint can cause walls to peel over time, leaving jagged edges and making the paint look uneven. In addition, using lower quality paint may actually give you a better-looking design than the ones you can find in department stores since the colors will match exactly. Another disadvantage of using lower quality paint is that it may not last as long as higher quality paints, especially when exposed to high levels of heat, such as from the sun.
Pros and cons
The pros and cons of painting your walls can easily be separated, however, if you consider how difficult it is to prepare yourself for the process. When painting a new wall, you have a large assortment of paint colors to choose from at department stores and hardware stores, and you know almost immediately that colors will work well together. In contrast, preparing your wall before painting is a very long process, as you need to spend time learning how to remove old wallpaper and applying the proper primer and drying time for the paint. Also, most of the time you will need to prepare the wall for the first coat of paint, so you may need to spend time in between coats applying the primer. Painting your walls yourself allows you to save a lot of time and money.