Renovating Your Home Walls – Wallpaper vs. Painted Murals

So you’ve already upgraded your floors with the best available deals and have all the floor maintenance materials you’ll need to retain their beauty. Now it’s onto the walls – something creative to bring them back to life.

Are you looking for a design touch that’s eye-catching and unique? Having trouble deciding between wallpaper and a painted mural?

While both design elements are increasing in popularity thanks to their versatility and customizability, this article will help you decide between the two.

Keep reading to learn about the benefits and disadvantages of both wallpapers and painted murals, including cost analysis and ease of installation.

Wallpaper – Pros:

Wallpaper is an incredibly versatile product that can go up on a number of surfaces, including drywall, paneling, and plaster.

There are also an almost innumerable amount of design options, with retailers carrying hundreds of thousands of different brands, patterns, colors, and textures. With so many options, you can mix and match to create the design style that fits you.

Wallpaper – Cons:

Unfortunately, wallpaper is pasted up, meaning it’s very difficult to remove. Before you can repaint or re-wallpaper, you need to remove the existing wallpaper and this is an extremely time-consuming and difficult job.

Also, wallpaper can be prone to ripping, tearing, peeling and drooping, particularly in bathrooms or damp areas where the extra moisture can cause the paper’s glue to come loose.

Painted Mural – Pros:

Unlike wallpaper, painted murals aren’t limited by what’s available from a manufacturer’s catalog. The only limitation on a painted mural is your imagination and your budget.

From wall-size landscapes to tiny details, wall murals can be grand statements or demure little touches. You also get the benefit and uniqueness of one-of-a-kind artwork on your walls.

Painted Mural – Cons:

Sometimes an entire wall or a large section of it painted in an intricate mural can be overwhelming at best. You want your mural to be a focal point, but you don’t want it to steal all the attention.

And even though you may adore it, a large mural can be a big turn-off for potential buyers. If you’re planning to resell in the near future, you may want to consider wallpaper or a simple, plain wall. Finally, unless you’re an artist, a custom-painted mural can cost a lot of money, significantly more than a few rolls of wallpaper.

If you eventually decide that neither wallpapering nor mural design is for you, try experimenting with unique paint finishes to bring personality to your rooms.

You can also try playing around with paintings, artwork or photography, attempting different layouts and creating focal points that don’t depend on mural artwork or wallpaper masterpieces.