Paint vs. wallpaper

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Updated: 12/23/2002 1:41 pm
Both paint and wallpaper can add a pleasant effect to a room, but they differ regarding cost, time, and aesthetic differences. Paint is usually less expensive. Its application tends to be speedy and simple, and there are several types to choose from. The two most popular paints are latex and enamel. Latex paint is water-based and easier to clean. It dries quickly, but is not ideal for wood surfaces. Enamel dries faster and, with less of an odor. It is also tougher than latex and good for wood, or areas that need cleaning often, such as the kitchen and bathroom. Flat, high-gloss, and semi-gloss can be used as finishes for both of these types of paint. On the other hand, wallpaper can add more texture and warmth to a room, and can be coordinated with fabric for a custom look. Wallpaper can also be used to camouflage badly marred or uneven walls, or accentuate good walls. Wallpapers can also create a color scheme by coordinating furniture fabrics and window treatment for a unified look. Hanging wallpaper takes a little more time and skill than painting, but is easily mastered. Choosing wallpaper or paint is purely a personal decision, but either can be a refreshing change for your home. For more information, contact an expert in home improvement.

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