The Benefits of Wallpaper Vs. Paint

Many would hold fast to the traditional myth regarding the durability of paint over wallpaper, which could possibly be debated over decades.

A report conducted by Jim Hite – The Bell Systems analysed how wallpapers would last five times longer than paint, up to 15 years. On the other hand, painted surfaces require frequent cleaning to maintain its appearance and repainting approximately every three years.

In today’s day and age aside from durability, economies of scale is on the top of the list for new house owners. Even though the initial investment may be slightly higher when it comes to wallpapering your home, you will find that in the long run you can possibly save up to 30% compared to using paint.

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Moving on to the aesthetic appeal of both mediums, wallpapers has an edge over traditional paint. Painted surfaces could only have the following options:-

  • Flat: A single colour for each wall
  • Textured: Paint containing a separate media to give it texture.
  • Custom: Mural designs using paint.
  • Faux Finishes: Custom paint designs that add pattern and depth.

 

On the other hand, there are many other unique features that one can only obtain with wallpapers and they are as follows:-

  • Flat: Single color wallpapers
  • Accent: Can be achieved by utilising wallpaper on one wall.
  • Textured: There are many varieties of textured wallpaper from plain to ornate.
  • Custom: Mural prints that can be customised to suit your home
  • Faux Finishes: Most popular faux finishes have their wallpaper counterparts.
  • Photographic: Consider creating custom wallpaper designs with your own family portraits

 

An increasing trend spotted in restaurants, homes and even offices are textured wallpapers. The versatility of wallpaper provides countless colours, shades and patterns to give you the exact look and feel you are going for.

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Textured wallpapers provide you with the flexibility of creating fun and bold statements for each room. An example of the rooms commonly adopted for textured wallpapers can be ‘man caves’ and recreation/movie rooms. Aside from adding in that touch of fun, using an image to replicate the look you are going for and using wallpapers instead of the actual material will help you save cost.

One example could be the rustic brick wall look, instead of hacking down a wall to replace it with actual bricks, one could use the image of bricks to create that effect instead.

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Other variations can range from ancient roman life and architectural connotes to faux marble or wood designs. You can also switch it up and use two wallpaper designs (one plain and one patterned) to create depth and uniqueness. Textured wallpaper with period designs can help transform your space to another time and place, without having to physically be there.

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At the end of the day, it is important to spend some time researching materials to ensure that the wallpaper you choose will go well with the lighting, temperature, humidity, and traffic of the room in question.

Feel free to drop us a call at 87218242 or email us at sales@wallhub.com.sg should you have more queries about wallpapers and your future home.


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Handy Tips For Selecting The Right Wallpaper

What colour should you select?

Selecting the right base colour for your wallpaper is very important as that will affect the overall tone for your apartment or room.

A dark or busy choice of wallpaper design may cause a small room to appear cramped and smaller than its actual size. On the other hand, selecting a light or neutral shade will allow natural light to bounce off the walls, creating an illusion of a larger space.

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General guidelines

Here are some general guidelines for colour schemes to consider:

1. Warm Colours
Red, yellow and orange are warm colours that are often used in dining areas and helps to create a more inviting atmosphere in the room.

2. Cool Colours
Blue, green and lavender are cool colours that are often used in bathrooms or smaller rooms. These colours are used in areas such as the kitchen, porches or areas where afternoon heat is a factor. These colours help to create a calming and tranquil atmosphere.

3. Light Colours
Light colours help to create bright and spacious rooms and reflects light. Selecting a light colour would help to brighten a dark hallway and not compete with your furnishings.

4. Dark Colours
Dark colours help to create an intimate setting for a room, as these colours absorb light and helps to cover up uneven wall surfaces.

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How much space do you have to work with?

Remember that different types of wallpapers can create different visual effects. If you are selecting a large patterned print, bear in mind that it could make your room appear smaller. However at the same time, achieving that cosy effect with a large room.

If you are looking to create a high ceiling effect for your home, consider selecting vertical stripes or patterns. On the other hand, if you are looking at creating a wider room, horizontal stripes or patterns is the way to go.

You may also consider having geometric prints as part of your wallpaper design to create depth, causing your room to appear larger than it is.

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Feel free to drop us a call at 87218242 or email us at sales@wallhub.com.sg should you have more queries about wallpapers and your future home.


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