Feature walls are a great way to add a pop of colour to your home, but which is the smarter choice: painted feature walls or wallpaper feature walls? In this article, we’ll take you through some pros and cons of each option as well as the cost, installation, variety and aesthetic available with your choice.
Wallpaper Feature Walls
Wallpaper feature walls are now considered to be a chic way to update a room.
Want to make a bold statement with a big, graphic design or pattern? You have that option with wallpaper, or you can rejuvenate a room with a solid colour or texture like grass cloth or flock wallpaper.
Wallpaper feature walls are also cost–effective. Prices range from $7 to $100/metre, with most wallpaper installers charging approximately $30/hr, depending on your chosen wallpaper and the surface of the wall to which you want it applied.
The trouble is that while wallpaper feature walls are becoming fashionable, they are still polarising. If you’re installing for re-sale, it may not be the best option.
It might not last in warmer climates or rooms, as it’s heat sensitive – even if you get it professionally installed. And if it needs repairing, it’s difficult to exactly match patterns and textures.
Painted Feature Walls
Painted feature walls are, it could be said, a smarter way to update a room.
Like wallpaper feature walls, painted feature walls have an option for every budget, and an aesthetic for even the pickiest renovator. From colour to texture to type of paint, the sky is the limit.
With professional painters like us, you don’t have to settle for solid colour painted feature walls. You can have patterns and stencils. The only limit is your budget and imagination.
As with wallpaper, you need to take your room into consideration when choosing a painted feature wall. Choose a darker paint, and you may make the room feel too small, while busy patterns may be distracting.
Unlike wallpaper, painted feature walls are update-friendly. While paint is prone to chips and flakes and will need updating, it’s fairly climate resistant and durable for most families. There are any number of paints to suit every wall type. So, when you do need to fix minor damage or want to sell, it’s not a major issue.