When it comes to decorating a room you have two major choices, wallpaper or paint. Which you choose depends on a number of factors, including cost, the size of the room, and where the room is/what it is used for. Both options have pros and cons, and it’s important to make the right choice for your particular room, so it lasts as long as possible, and you don’t have to go through the whole process again.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of each in turn, and hopefully help you make the best decision for your decorating needs.



The range of different wallpapers on the market is huge, and you can pick any design you please, helping you to lighten up a dark room, and vice versa. You could go totally out there with some weird and wacky design, or you could stay safe, it’s really up to you.


You can change the feel of a room instantly with a different design of wallpaper, and this is an instant process. You can stay up to date with design trends and be bang on fashion, or you can change it if you get bored, it’s not a major process, and you can do feature walls if you want to cut down on cost. Wallpaper is generally about fashion. You can make it really special by ordering some personalised wallpaper from YourWalls to suit your home, and style perfectly


Removing existing wallpaper can be a drama, and it can be a long and tedious task. You have to know what you’re doing otherwise you run the risk of causing damage to the wall, and if you have to employ someone to do it for you then this can be costly.

The other downside of wallpaper is that if you’re looking to wallpaper a room which has high humidity or high moisture, such as a bathroom or kitchen, then you could find the paper peels quickly and you have to repair. Let’s not forget that wallpaper can also be expensive these days.

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You can buy any colour of paint; if you want an obscure shade of grey then you can generally get it, or you can mix two existing colours to get the shade you want. It’s not difficult to find what you want, and almost any look can be created.


Painting a wall takes less preparation time than wallpapering, and you can generally paint over any colour provided the one you’re putting on new isn’t lighter than the one that is there before. Paint also gives a more rustic feel than fashionable wallpaper designs.


We mentioned mixing paint shades and this isn’t the easiest task in the world because getting a consistent mix can be a trial and error process. Painting is also time consuming, although some do says it’s quite a therapeutic thing too, I guess it all comes down to personal preference.

Obviously you could do both wallpapering and painting, it all depends on the room, however the option you go for has to suit the room and mood you’re looking for.