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Should I choose paint or wallpaper?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Designing and decorating your home can the most fun and daunting task you experience when own a home. Small touches can make a home but doing so to fit your lifestyle is paramount. Though it may seem small, the walls throughout your home will set the tone of your house. Creating different qualities in rooms will help you and your family feel comfortable. While some rooms work well with wallpaper or solid colors, others do not. Here are a few tips to help you fund out what is best for your space.

Pro Wallpaper

Wallpaper can add beautiful detail to your home elegantly and easily. It is simple to apply and comes in thousands of different colors, patterns, and textures. Some are even ecologically friendly as well as economically friendly. If you are interested in purchasing wallpaper for your home, be sure to ask your landlord or property manager if you rent or find out the make up or your walls if you own your home. While concrete and cinderblock will be fairly easy to apply wallpaper to and durable other walls such as exposed brick or wood paneling may be difficult to remove or apply uniformly.

Pro Paint

Painting your walls is a simple and fun way to add personality and color to your home. If you wish to paint the rooms in your home there should be a few things you should consider. First you should consider the light in each room. If natural light floods the room, you will have more options for color and texture. If the room is darker you will want to make it pop with lighter colors and smooth textures. Paint is perfect for those who want to create tone to their home without overwhelming it with texture or pattern.

Con Wallpaper

Wallpaper can become outdated quickly and is difficult to remove. While some do simply paint over the wallpaper it can harm the wall underneath (create moisture and with that mold) and it can warp the wallpaper so the paint job looks uneven. Choosing wallpaper must be done with plenty of patience and forethought. Thought wallpaper may look trendy at the moment, in two years it will look stale. Be sure to pick something that will fit your home for many years.

Con Paint

Many have found ways to use paint with patterns, textures, as well as tones. But some of us are not as talented or as patient as others. Painter’s tape can do some magical things but everyone messes up. When painting be focused and paint slowly and patiently, especially if you are trying a different pattern or texture. Your walls will thank you!

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com