In most Indian homes, paints are the go to material for decorating the walls of a house. However, in recent times, wallpapers are making a comeback. Earlier, many people looked at it as an old-fashioned idea for decorating the interior walls, but with the advancements in technology, wallpapers are now available in a wide range of prices and designs. With the right wall paper and paint ideas, one can create stunning interiors.
We present a few ideas to show how easy it is to achieve almost any look in the interiors with the perfect combination of paint and wall covering materials. It includes unique solutions for every room in the house.
When one wants to create a unique look in the living room to reflect one’s personality, sometimes all one needs is a coat of paint. The colour of choice can be bold or muted, depending on one’s preference. Among the paint ideas for a living room is an accent wall in a contrast colour for creating a focal point in the area. Another option is to introduce texture using conventional techniques such as marbling or stippling. While this can be a DIY project, since the living room is the primary place where one entertains guests, it’s a job best left to professional painters. Murals are another popular solution for creating a stunning focal point in the living room.
When one is looking for wall-covering ideas for living rooms, wall papers can bring the element of liveliness or sophistication that one expects. It can serve as the ideal background to highlight a beautiful work of art or a gallery of photographs. From floral prints to textured gold – the range of wallpapers one can find are unlimited.
Find inspiration from these amazing wall paper designs for living rooms.
Bedrooms should be restful and relaxing places, but that doesn’t mean one should compromise on beauty while decorating them. Like with living rooms, when one is considering paint ideas for bedrooms, using a contrasting shade on one of the walls to create a focal point is one of the most-employed solutions. It can be a bold colour behind the headboard of the bed to frame a lovely work of art beautifully. Alternatively, painting the area behind the television is one of the inexpensive wall-covering ideas to add style to the room.
Instead of paint, one can use wall papers as an easy solution to add colour or texture to a bedroom. Decals are another technique that designers employ for bedroom walls to add a subtle element of decoration. Using framed textiles is another inexpensive option for wall coverings in bedrooms. Remember that irrespective of whether you use paint or wall coverings, the ambiance in the area should be soothing. Therefore, it’s wise to test a colour or a pattern on a small section of the bedroom wall before you use it on a larger area.
In earlier days, kitchens were functional spaces, which one didn’t decorate too much. However, in modern homes in India, which have an open layout that integrates the living room, dining room and kitchen, style matters even for kitchens. Cabinets have a significant role to play when one is looking at paint ideas for kitchens as coating their surfaces with colour can brighten or mute the look of the area. A bold tone on the cabinet can contrast a dull white wall. Alternatively, painting the background wall in a bright shade can create a stunning look in the kitchen interiors. When one chooses colours for the kitchen paint, bear in mind that it should match the cabinets, counter and floors to create a well-coordinated look.
When considering wall covering ideas for kitchens, most people rule out wall paper as it’s not a glossy, easy-to-care-for option. However, it is an excellent idea to bring uniqueness to the room. For preventing the wall paper from damages due to splashes, stains and grease, one can install a sheet of protective plexiglass over the wallpaper in the backsplash area.
Paint is an affordable solution for bathrooms, but when choosing one, ensure that it is relatively maintenance-free. As a thumb rule for bathroom wall paints, the shinier the surface, the better it is as it can resist moisture. Usually, tiles replace wall paint as an easy-to-care-for alternative in bathrooms. However, for a powder room or a guest bathroom that one rarely uses, wall paint can be a more economical solution.
When considering wall-covering ideas for bathrooms, it’s best to avoid wall paper as exposure to moisture will reduce its life.
Paint and wall paper come with their share of advantages and disadvantages. Understanding these will help to choose the right material for the walls.
· Although one has to prepare the wall before painting by touching up imperfections and applying a primer coat under a dark shade, it takes less preparation than for applying wall paper.
· Paints cost less than wall paper.
· Certain types of paint, especially those with a high-gloss finish are incredibly durable.
· When one compares them to wall paper, paints offer a smaller range of colour options.
· While paints are durable, the surface tends to develop scratches easily and may require repeated maintenance.
· Nowadays, wall papers come in almost an unlimited variety of textures, tones and patterns, making them a versatile solution for the interior walls of a house.
· They are more durable and low-maintenance than paints, particularly in areas that are free from moisture.
· Wall paper is unsuitable for bathrooms and kitchens as exposure to moisture can make the edges peel away.
· Preparation of the surface when reapplying wall paper is a tedious process as it involves using chemicals and specialised stripping tools. It’s best to hire professionals to avoid damages to the walls.
· While wall papers come in a wide range of prices, they are in general more expensive than paints.
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The cost per square foot for painting a wall can vary depending on the amount of preparation one needs for the wall surface and whether it’s a repainting project or a fresh job. On an average, it costs INR 18-20 per square foot for repainting and INR 25-35 for a new wall if one chooses glossy paint. Matte finish paints cost less than the shiny version but are not as easy to wipe clean and maintain.
Wall papers come in vinyl, paper-backed, glass or fabric options, and the prices vary depending on the type of material. Vinyl wall paper ranges from INR 40 to INR 80 per square foot. The cost of paper-backed vinyl wallpaper is between INR 90 to INR 120 per square foot on an average, whereas glass or fabric options are the most expensive – INR 130 to INR 160 per square foot. Customised wall papers are the costliest choice.
One can manage costs by using a combination of paint and wall paper for decorating the house. Picking the perfect option is not easy, which is the reason that it’s best to consult a professional interior designer who can help to create a beautiful room by choosing the right colours and textures for the walls.