We’re fast approaching DIY season. Homebase will soon be advertising (more than usual) and you’ll feel a sudden urge to change something about your home! If that change involves decorating, there may be a significant question on your mind. Wallpaper or paint? We all love to get our fix of wallpaper samples just as much as we adore collecting dozens of paint swatches and colour charts. It’s not an easy decision and, depending on the option you go for, it’s a decision you could be faced with for many years. When it comes to choosing your new homely aesthetic it’s worth considering the ease of application, cost and preparation time for both options. Will you get outside help or will you conquer the task yourself? We’ve outlined the pros and cons for both options so you can make sure you are informed when it comes to decision time.

The pros of wallpaper

When done properly, wallpaper can last for over a decade. This long-term, cost effective way to decorate your home comes with a great deal of versatility. You can chose from an endless variety of wallpapers that suit your needs and preferences, from child-friendly vinyl wallpapers to patterned, textured and even scented roles. Wallpaper is an excellent cover-up choice if you have bumps and dints on your walls as the paper goes on smooth and hides these imperfections.

The cons of wallpaper

The removal of existing wallpaper is a troublesome task that can be time-consuming when done by yourself, or costly with the use of wallpaper removal products. Wallpaper can peel especially in areas of high moisture or humidity such as your kitchen or when close to radiators. Unfortunately these chips or peels aren’t so easy to cover up. With wallpaper, it’s so important that job is done correctly and this can often be time-consuming and costly if you chose to hire in decorators for the job.

The pros of paint

Paint can be as time-consuming and as costly as you want it to be. There’s a range of handy painting tools available that promise to ease painting tasks, such as self-painting rollers and pads. Although paint may not come in pretty scents or patterns, it’s possible to mix shades and create a unique new colour for your walls. Paint can still chip like wallpaper, but it’s much easier to fix the problem by adding a quick lick of paint to the chipped area.

The cons of paint

We’ve all kept tins of paint in our cupboards for the odd bit of DIY during Bank Holidays and that’s because paint generally fades after a few years. Unless you prepare well and take extra time to protect your skirting boards, light switches and flooring, you can end up with annoying speckles of paint that are difficult to remove. Just like wallpaper, hiring painters and decorators can make painting a costly option.

If you’re still unsure which option to pick, then don’t worry. You don’t have to settle for one over the other. Increasingly popular ‘feature walls’ incorporate both paint and wallpaper and provide you with a cost-effective solution. It may also be worth considering paintable wallpaper; wallpaper that allows you to paint patterns and designs in whichever way you want as this provides the durability of wallpaper and the versatility of paint.