Both wallpaper and paint can add vibrancy and style to any room and home decor.  They are both great choices, so it all depends on your personal preferences and style. Which is the better option? Here are some differences between wallpaper mural and paint that can help you make an informed decision:

Wallpaper mural vs paint difference #1: Selection 

Paint options are vast. You can choose a paint of nearly any shade. It is a great option if you want flat, glossy, or matte solid walls. However, it is extremely difficult to create designs and patterns using paint, and expensive if you want to hire a professional to do that.

Wallpaper has options in both solid colours and patterns. Very often, wallpaper designs can also mimic certain textures, for example that of linen. You may also choose a wallpaper that has designs and effects, such as foil and shimmer. Check out our textured wallpaper collection for more inspirations!


Pink wallpaper with distinctive gold and white watercolour strokes.


Pictured: Le Montparnasse Wallpaper

Wallpaper mural vs paint difference #2: Durability

Professionally painting usually last for about 10 years, depending on the traffic in the room. For example, child’s room and the kitchen are high traffic rooms, where dirt, grease, and messy hands frequently touch the walls. It will require touchups over time to ensure that the paint is properly maintained. 

Wallpaper usually lasts up to 15 years, even in high footfall areas of the home. It is easily washable, so it is great to use even in areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. Although it is possible for wallpaper to peel or crack over time, touchups can be easily done by using a small amount of wallpaper glue. Learn more about how to take care of your wallpaper in The Ultimate Guide to Wallpaper.

Wallpaper mural vs paint difference #3: Cost

Paint usually costs less upfront itself depending on the type, finish, and brand. Higher quality paints that last longer typically cost more while their lower cost counterparts typically need more touchups over time.

On the other hand, Wallpaper has greater upfront costs for the paper and installation materials. However, wallpaper lasts longer than paint, which reduces the costs of future investment. If you are looking to get the most out of your investment, removable wallpaper is an obvious choice. You can take it down easily, and even save it to be used again in the future or on a different wall completely.

Check out customised wallpapers for walls here.

Pictured: Blush Vista, Watercolor Wallpaper

Wallpaper mural vs paint difference #4: Maintenance

Paint job might need a yearly touch-up to stay in top shape. Each type of paint comes with its own care instructions and its essential to take note of the instructions.

Wallpapers are comparatively simpler to maintain over time. If there is dirt, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth and it’s spanking clean. For more information about our wallpaper material, check out our materials here 

Wallpaper mural vs paint difference #5: Ease of Removal 

Removing paint is a tedious process. The process starts with using a plastic scraper or putty knife to gently scrape away paint then sanding it for smooth walls that you can paint over again. You’ll also have a lot of cleaning up to do after removing the paint and it is often quite tedious.

On the other hand, if you choose non woven matte wallpapers, it is dry strippable. It comes off nicely in a panel and is easy to remove. After removal, it will be as good as new. For more information about our dry removal wallpaper, check out our materials here 

Pictured: Mini Seafarer, Wallpaper

Wallpaper mural vs paint difference #6: Customisation

You can generate a paint color by choosing from a thousands of paint swatches or mix hues and tints to get a precisely customised colour. However, the downside of paint is the color is flat and it will be difficult to play around with designs.

With customised wallpapers, you can custom any design and patterns you want. Customised wallpapers can be used to create an accent wall or add a pop of color to your room. Designing your own wallpaper is just that easy. All you need to do is send us a photo or illustration in any image file format. Then enter your specific measurements and we will produce the wallpaper.

Wallpaper mural vs Paint #7: Usage

While paint is generally suitable for all areas of the house, excess heat can adversely affect the life of painted walls. One will have to repaint the walls to upkeep the colour and freshness, which ends up chalking up a large maintenance cost of repainting often. When purchasing wallpaper, lightfastness is the extent to which the colour of the wallpapers will last. Naturally any wallpaper and even any material, if exposed to direct sunlight over a few years, will lose colour. It is important to choose a wallpaper with good lightfastness. Lightfastness gives you an idea of which wallpaper will last longer in areas of higher sun concentration and which are best used on walls and in rooms with less direct sunlight. 

On the other hand, we hear that wallpaper doesn’t fare too well in areas with moisture and heat like kitchens and bathrooms. However, it is important to choose the right material for wallpapers based on usage. Heave duty vinyl is recommended for use in high-moisture conditions (such as in restrooms) or high-traffic commercial spaces. Vinyl is more resistant to moisture and hard-wearing.

Pictured: Big Diamond Marble, Geometric Wallpaper

Wallpaper mural vs Paint #8: Aesthetics

Instead of using either wallpaper or paint, why not combine both? Both wallpaper or paint can be used in effective ways to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your rooms. Create a focal point in the room and create stunning backdrops or accent wall for your furniture while keep the other walls clean, by painting it. 

Banana Leaves, Tropical Pattern Wallpaper featured on a wall of a room with a green chair

Pictured: Banana Leaves, Wallpaper

Why choose Hello Circus' wallpapers?

We understand your wall comes in different shapes and sizes. Each wallpaper is therefore customised to the dimensions of your wall, making each wallpaper unique to your home. We also sell by per meter square (Height x Width x Unit Price) and not by rolls so that you only pay for what you need for your wall.

Benefits of our wallpapers

  • High Quality: Our wallpapers are printed on high quality non-woven paper in factories with the highest standards from Europe. They are reinforced with nylon fibres to make the wallpaper stable and resilient.
  • Matte and non-reflective: Our non woven wallpapers are coated with soft and non-reflective matte finishing.
  • Safe and non-toxic: Our products are printed using stain resistant, VOC-free (Volatile Organic Compounds) inks on breathable, PVC (Polymerizing Vinyl Chloride) free paper. This ensures that your family and more importantly, your kids are not exposed to toxic chemicals which are usually present in traditional paint and wallpapers, all of which may have harmful health effects. 
  • Antimicrobial Protection
  • Wallpaper washability: All our wallpapers are washable, meaning that their surface is resistant to damage, and any domestic dirt or water stains can be wiped with a damp cloth or sponge.
  • Resistant to colour fading: Our production technology is designed to ensure optimum resistance to colour fading.
  • Fire resilient: Our wallpapers are fire rated in accordance with EN ISO 11925-2.

Interested to get our wallpaper?

For wallpaper quotation, please click on “Get Quote/Buy” of the product page that you like and submit enquiry with wall dimensions. Installation is available as an add-on service for selected countries.

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November 08, 2020 — Hello Circus


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