Looking for a way to breathe new life into your lacklustre walls? Deciding on the right type of wall treatment is no easy task, given the huge number of products available today. And homeowners are mostly confused between two popular options – paint or wallpaper for Indian walls.

While both of these have their own advantages, the right option will depend on your unique needs. To make your choice easier, take a look at how paint and wallpaper compare on these six essential factors.

Paint vs Wallpaper Factor #1: Variety
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Stunning embossed wallpaper
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Sleek satin finish paint

Variety in colors and finishes is a major plus point if you are looking to create a unique look for your home. Thankfully, there is no dearth of variety in both these options.

Paint is available in literally every color under the sun – you can mix and match to your heart’s content. When applied in combination with the hundreds of texturing techniques in use today, paint can create stunning effects that completely transform the look of any Indian home.  You can also choose from a variety of finishes such as matte, satin, semi-gloss and glossy.

Wallpaper is also available in a huge variety of colors and patterns ranging from elegant classical motifs to peppy contemporary patterns. Wallpapers also come in many different finishes like vinyl, fabric, foil printed, embossed textures, suede, and more!

Paint vs Wallpaper Factor #2: Ease of application
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Pretty pastel combinations
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A blissful shade of blue

Between the two, paint is the easier and less fussy option for Indian walls. A day or two will suffice for a paint job for a standard size room. Painted walls are also very accommodating to incoming, newer coats of paint of the same hue. In most cases, if the surface isn’t too worn out, a new coat of paint can be applied on to the older one.

Wallpaper application is a job best tackled by an expert. The process is elaborate and demands a lot of time and patience. The same holds true for stripping the wallpaper too. A new layer of wallpaper cannot be applied on top of the existing one.

Paint vs Wallpaper Factor #3: Durability
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Classic solid colours
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Elegant wallpaper design

Good quality paint on walls, when finished well, can last you up to five years. That said, paint tends to fade and flake in areas that have high usage and exposure to sunlight. Hence, retouching will be necessary 3 years or so – maybe even sooner for paints in lighter colours.

Wallpaper, on the other hand, will be your long term partner. Experts maintain that a one-time application on Indian walls will last for around fifteen years. However, wallpaper is not immune to tearing. Any mishap will mean that you will have to redo the whole process of stripping and pasting, which is more time consuming than re-painting.

Paint vs Wallpaper Factor #4: Expense
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A unique motif wallpaper
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Rich and radiant red

Paint is an easily available resource. The time, effort and skill required for application is relatively less. This means that the overall cost incurred for each paint job will be relatively lower than the cost of wallpapering.

Wallpaper is a more expensive, one-time investment. Since it lasts much longer, it works out to be more cost-effective in the longer run.

Paint or Wallpaper Factor #5: Type of usage
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A classic design with paint
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Delicate floral wallpaper

While deciding between wallpaper and paint, take into account the area of your home in question. While paint is generally suitable for all areas of the house, excess heat can adversely affect the life of painted walls.

Similarly, wallpaper doesn’t fare too well in areas with moisture and heat like kitchens and bathrooms. Since wallpaper can be easily torn or damaged, it’s probably best to avoid using it in high traffic areas or children’s rooms.

Paint or Wallpaper Factor #6: Aesthetics
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Get creative with paint
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A clean finish

Both paint and wallpaper on Indian walls can be used in effective ways to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your rooms. Use textured paints or flashy patterned wallpapers to create stunning backdrops for your furniture. Unleash your creativity and bring your individual style to every room.

Paint vs Wallpaper Factor #7: Customisation
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Feels like royalty
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A Beautiful wallpaper backdrop

Paint offers ample opportunity for customisation. Paints can be generated in any colour you can conceive. You can choose from thousands of paint swatches or mix hues and tints to get a precisely customised color.

Wallpaper is relatively a new entrant in India. Though there is a wide variety of standard designs available in stores across the country, it’s tricky to find a vendor to print out custom patterns.

Do keep in mind that both paint and wallpaper on Indian walls can be applied only on smoothened walls. You can choose to have a mix of wallpaper and paint in your home too – wallpaper for your elegant, exclusive drawing room and paint to brighten up other areas that see more traffic. This will give each space in your house its own unique character. So choose according to your needs and add stunning embellishments to your walls.

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