How Long Does Wallpaper Last?

How Long Does Wallpaper Last?  

The wallpaper you choose instantly becomes the canvas of the room: a backdrop to how you live, work and play.

We are now blessed with such a huge choice of wallpapers, in fact, more than ever before. We have beautiful heritage paint hues to dramatic, bold, elegant wallpapers. Perfect to totally transform your living or workspaces with interesting textures, colours, and design. The only limit is your imagination!

How Many Years and Why guide.  

In this article today we are going to discuss one of the main benefits of choosing a beautifully designed wallpaper to enhance your walls, which is its durability. We’ll look into how long wallpaper lasts, whether the cost is a factor, how paint compares and much more!

Before we start looking at this topic in a more in-depth way, let’s start by looking at the brief answer as to the length of time your chosen wallpaper is likely to last.

The longevity of your wallpaper covering will depend on a few different factors.

Cheaper wallpapers are likely to tear and damage easily, especially in areas of high traffic in homes or commercial spaces. Higher quality wallpaper will ensure you will get years of durability.

Now we’ve looked at the short answer.  To help us understand in a little more detail about how long wallpaper lasts, let’s start by looking at some of the other benefits of choosing stylish, sophisticated and long-lasting wallpaper as your wall covering of choice.

Why use wallpaper?

Wallpaper comes in a captivating array of gorgeous designs and diverse spectrum of colours.  A tantalising and incredible selection of beautiful and hard wearing effects are also available.  These are to bring a breathtaking style and a unique look to your living spaces or workspace.

Wallpaper can bring a feature wall to life or create a cohesive atmosphere to a whole room. A designer wallpaper will add a touch of sophistication to your relaxing or office surroundings along with rich colour and texture.

Let’s take a look at some of the important reasons to choose wallpaper.

  • Extensive selection: Wallpaper offers an extensive selection of styles, finishes and designs.
  • Elegant patterns: A large range of tactile finishes to bring your room to life, such as pearl effects, jewel-coloured foils and metallics.
  • Texture: A wealth of textured finishes such as elegant silks, raised inks, traditional flocking, beads, and more.
  • Endless designs: So many designs to choose from including modern geometric, floral, damask, faux brick, wood and other digitally printed patterns.
  • Uncomplicated removal: Simple process to change your design to work with new colour schemes.

So if you’re looking at simply updating your relaxing space, transforming your office or looking to tackle a large scale renovation project, wallpaper is a perfect choice.

Now we’ve understood a little more as to some of the benefits of wallpaper, let’s delve a little deeper into one of its major benefits. Let’s look at why wallpaper is a great choice if you want a long-lasting, quality wall covering, that will stand the test of time and look beautiful for many years.

How long does wallpaper last?

A good quality Wallpaper is likely to last up to 15 years and beyond. It makes it a fabulously cost-effective, durable way to decorate your room.

Wallpaper is likely to last at least three times longer than paint when using an expert.  Choose a wallpaper hanger with many years of experience to ensure the paper is skillfully hung.  One of the main benefits of using wallpaper to decorate parts of your home and workspaces that experience high traffic is longevity.

Many modern wallpapers are also easy to clean and are washable.  This helps prolong its beauty and increase its longevity.  Of course, do keep in mind that washable translates as a lightweight activity, rather than simply drenching your investment in the water!

Sometimes wallpaper can lift a little throughout the years of its hard-working life. If this does happen, it can be fixed.  Make sure you ask advice from a specialist wallpaper hanger so you can prolong the life of your wall covering.

Does the cost of wallpaper matter?

It’s fairly and widely understood that overall it’s generally cheaper to paint a room than it is to wallpaper. However, some of the heritage paint brands can work out fairly costly too.

Where wallpaper tends to have a longer life-span your investment will be protected as the costs will even out during its lifetime.

Whether you choose wallpaper or paint, the old adage “you get what you pay for” is true.  It’s not difficult to understand that using cheaper quality wallpaper options will probably not stand the test of time.

Cheaper wallpapers, which are generally thinner, are created with lesser quality materials. There and more problems with wear and tear.  Cutting costs will lead to only lasting a couple of years. Whereas, a more expensive but beautifully designed high-quality wallpaper could maybe last you right through your children’s formative years and beyond.  You may stand to benefit from up to 20 years service from a higher quality wallpaper.

In the same way, like many other kinds of products including paint, using a cheaper wallpaper product could be seen as a false economy.

Cheaper wallpapers tend to be much thinner, which means they’re more prone to damage and may not withstand high traffic areas.

How does paint compare?

As we’ve mentioned, good quality wallpaper can last an incredibly long time, but what about paint?

If you choose paint as a covering, let’s take a look and see how it compares.

It stands to reason that some walls in your home will need to be repainted more frequently than others.  This is due to daily wear and tear. For example, you may only eat in a formal dining room a couple of times a year during celebrations.  It’s unlikely that it will need re-painting as quickly as work areas and living spaces that you use daily.

  • Living Room & Dining Room: If you used high-quality, durable paint in your living areas, at the office and in other important areas, likely you won’t need to repaint too frequently.  An average is around 5 to 7 years.
  • Kitchen & Bathroom: Moisture, food splatters and other wear and tear will require these areas to be repainted more often than other rooms in your house or office space.  A rough guide is between 3 and 4 years.
  • Bedrooms: Adult bedrooms are usually used less frequently than younger family bedrooms. A young person’s bedroom will most probably need a refresh every couple of years.  An adult’s room may require refreshing every 3 to 5 years.
  • Hallways: Corridors and hallways are prone to considerable traffic in your home or workspace.  They are more prone to savage from scuff marks, dents and other kinds of wear and tear. To keep your hallways and other corridor areas fresh and inviting, it’s recommended to repaint every 2 to 3 years.

So now we’ve seen that wallpaper certainly outweighs paint.

In terms of how often you will need to redecorate to keep your home or your workspaces looking their best, let’s finish.  Let’s take a look at how we can help you find the perfect elegant, hard-wearing, and beautifully designed wallpaper finishes.   And to do that, it just takes a call to Paul Walden Interiors.  Ask about your living spaces, commercial property, and even if you’re lovingly restoring an older property.

As a specialist decorator, I strive to bring the best professional finish to your walls. If you’re looking for a stylish finish to your walls, then my service will give you the best, professional results.

Your living and working spaces are important to you, so they’re important to me too. I’d be happy to help keep them that way by obtaining the wallpaper finish you’ve always wanted!


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