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For the longest time, paints have been the default solution for Indian homes. In terms of textures & finishes, the chances to get creative with paints has increased, a case in point being decorative wall art designs.

But time and again wallpaper's patterns, prints, customised graphics keep stealing our focus. The aesthetic charm of wallpapers has gained popularity among the masses in recent times.

Next comes the flood of questions

  • To wallpaper or not? Are there any disadvantages?.
  • Is it cheaper to paint or wallpaper a room?
  • Are wallpaper suitable in Indian homes?
  • Which will last for a longer time?

You are always faced with a choice of what wall treatment to go for: Wallpapers or Paint

First of all, it doesn't make you a crazy analyst as The walls of your home have the power of transforming your space with the help of paint or wallpaper. A dramatic room can instantly be made soft and airy with the application of light pale paint colour. A room that feels too big can instantly feel cosy with darker wallpaper having a striking pattern. Whichever you choose your walls will benefit from the addition of paint or wallpaper.

Shedding some light on the two....

  • The most popular choices today for paints are emulsion and occasionally distemper (though that is slowly phasing out). Since emulsion paints come with various properties these days (VOC-free, anti-fungal, washable, and with finishes such as matte, gloss and sheen), these have become a clear winner among paints for interiors.
  • Wallpapers come in different material choices too–vinyl, paper-backed, non-woven and fabric. Available in rolls, these come in standard widths of 20.76 inches, 21 inches and even 48 inches, while larger printed graphics can be found in width of 64 inches, 78 inches and 120 inches, depending on the design.

There are pros and cons of using paint or wallpaper but before starting with this tussle between the two, let's take up a point which is common for both and has been misrepresented from a long time. Its such an important point and you will come to know about, once the worker is standing in front of you on the day and about to start the process.


Preparation is the first step in both processes. Paint and wallpaper both need an even surface before application. The walls need to be sanded, plastered and finished with a coat of primer. If you have an existing wallpaper, it needs to stripped-down carefully without damaging the wall. Might require certain chemicals to get the job done.

Wallpaper vs Paint

betterinch com wallpaper vs paint

Lets do a quick QnA to decide what is more suitalbe for you?

  1. Need a specific shade of color? - Paint is more of a better option.
  2. Short on time? - Wallpaper is the way to go.
  3. Are skilled resources available? - Paint is default choice incase there is no skilled resource available to install wallpapers.
  4. Kids or pets at home? - Better of with paint.
  5. Do you get bored with designs frequently? - Wallpaper is easy to replace without getting messy
  6. Need a quick solution to fix that wall? - Wallpaper if the area doesn't have moisture

Paint and wallpaper both have its advantages and disadvantages, but depends more on the suitability. We have been using paints for a while now, lets get over our fear of using a wallpapers in Indian homes by breaking through all the myths and misconceptions.

This is Paridhi Sahni from DesignTales24! Let us know how useful did you find this article in the comments below.

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