Wallpaper vs Paint

Wallpaper vs Paint – a side-by-side comparison

How does wallpaper stack against paint? Here’s a side-by-side comparison of both.


Wallpaper does not perform well in humid areas, specifically bathrooms, and kitchens. It tends to peel off when placed in areas with high humidity. Here, paint takes the win. However, you can still use wallpaper in these parts of a home, but you need to be prepared to change specific segments when the wallpaper peels off.

As for the other areas in your home like the bedroom and living room, wallpaper makes for an excellent choice, whether your primary goal is to wow visitors or to create a calming, relaxing space.


Number of design options

The popularity of wallpaper has risen of late, starting with the increase in the use of feature walls. This trend has led to wallpaper manufacturers and wallpaper distributors to bring in new designs, colours, and textures for practically any part of a home.

Furthermore, advancements in printing technology have brought about a higher degree of design customisation.

Whether you are looking for a more classic appearance with stripes or something bolder like animal prints and anywhere in between, you will surely find something that will impress your clients and their discerning tastes.

Paint also offers a high degree of customisation as manufacturers provide the option of mixing different hues to create the perfect colour blend.

Plus with paint, it is easier to paint over a mistake. With wallpaper, it will take extra time and effort to change the existing ones on a wall.



Between the two, wallpaper is a more durable option. Paint can easily chip, especially in high-traffic areas, or if your clients have children and pets. On average, a home needs to be repainted between three and five years or even more frequently in high traffic areas.

Paint manufacturers also now offer paints that can withstand being drawn upon or spilt on with liquids. The main drawback is that these paints tend to have a rough, unappealing finish.

Wallpaper may seem dainty and easily damaged, but modern techniques used in manufacturing these enable them to withstand common issues faced in a household with young children and pets. Plus, modern styled wallpaper is easy to maintain and clean. For families with pets and children, you can offer them vinyl wallpaper.



At the outset, Paint seems like the most cost-effective option available. Indeed, the initial costs involved may seem considerably smaller compared to Wallpaper.

However, when you factor in the overall lifespan of both options, you can easily see that over the long term, wallpaper is the best option for your clients if the goal is to keep costs down.

But whichever option you choose, it all boils down to quality. Whether it’s cheap paint or wallpaper, you get what you pay for.


Choosing wallpaper

If you are trying to widen your palette by introducing the use of wallpaper in your upcoming project, here are a few tips that will help ensure success.

Match the wallpaper with the room

One of the most important things that you need to do before narrowing down your wallpaper options is to determine the style you want to achieve for the room.

For example, if you want to create a casual vibe, you can consider using faux finishes and floral designs. On the other hand, if your goal is to create a contemporary look, you should not shy away from the use of bold geometric prints that feature glossy and metallic accents.


Consider the wallpaper’s purpose

Wallpaper can be used for a variety of purposes, and it is worthwhile to factor that in before settling for a final design.

If your goal is to cover the four walls of a room, settle for a design that deftly blends a contemporary look and feel with the familiarity of classic design.

For feature walls, put out all the stops with bold patterns with exciting accents.


If the room is divided by a chair rail, there are a few options to choose from. To create a classic look, you can use floral or damask wallpaper designs above the chair rail. Or you can use patterned wallpapers beneath the chair rail to generate interest.

Consider using wallpapers for the ceilings if you want to add more interest in a room. Metallic shades work best for this purpose.



Another critical area to look into before finalising the wallpaper design is the use of patterns.

Broadly speaking, textured patterns give off a casual vibe to an area, while flat designs give off a sense of refinement and quiet sophistication.

Additionally, textured wallpapers can help expand the appearance of a room. Plus, these wallpapers can easily cover imperfections on the wall.

Flat wallpaper offers different options in terms of detailing and embellishments. However, these do not do as great a job of covering imperfections.

All About Contract Wallcoverings

We have a vast collection of Contract wallcoverings design for any project application, whether it is; design orientated, cost-sensitive or requires quick lead times.

All of our products meet or exceed the required specifications needed for projects within the United Arab Emirates.  All of our products come with a CLASS A Fire Rating Certificate. For speciality projects such as; Hospitals or Schools please contact us for our Anti-Bacterial contract Wall-coverings.

NGC Now has 5 contract wallcovering brands; York Contract, J. Josephson, Versa, Fidelity & Questex.

York Contract
has a passion for creating designs with varieties of materials and effects.  With over 15,000 wallpapers from some of the worlds most renown Wallpaper designers such as; Stacy Garcia, Candice Olson & Joanna Gains.

J. Josephson
is the largest commercial wallcovering manufacturer in North America, selling to over 50 countries worldwide.  J. Josephson aspires to be innovative and vigilant in their pursuit of new and unique technologies and to constantly evaluate their processes in order to lead the industry with quality products.

Wallcovering takes you where you need to go. Subtle to Sensational. Classic to Contemporary. Streamlined to Sophisticated.  As one of the large Wallcovering manufactures internationally Versa has flexible pricing for larger projects ( > 15,000sqm) We have installed over 100,000sqm in Paramount Towers by Damac.

has taken a leadership role in producing environmentally friendly products. A decision was made over twenty years ago to eliminate all solvents, ozone-depleting chemicals and heavy metals from their production processes. Today they not only follow those procedures but they also produce exclusively low VOC emitting vinyl and use the backings of recycled products whenever possible.

when it comes to quick lead times, they have more flexible manufacturing facilities that enable them to run large quantities at once.  Questex also provides a comprehensive solution for custom printed wallcoverings matching any design or colour.

NGC Nafees becomes exclusive distributor for Betap

We are happy to welcome Betap products to our range of commercial flooring solutions, a Dutch manufacturer of tufted and nonwoven floor coverings.

With over 100 years of experience in textile floor coverings, Betap has established itself as one of the leaders in innovation & creativity in this field.

Betap offers a variety of applications for its tufted and nonwoven floor coverings including;

  • Automotive
    Supplying carpets for Automotive brands such as BMW.
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Landscaping


With a heavy emphasis on sustainability, Betap
has created various technologies to produce a range of products manufactured with recycled materials. Reducing its carbon footprint by up to 80%

Versace IV is released and its…

VERSACE stands for the incomparably elegant fusion of classical art and modernity. This aesthetic principle is also embodied in the new VERSACE IV wallpaper collection, the six themes of the collection representing an emblematic interpretation of the DNA of this unique brand.

The Themes of the Collection

La Scala del Palazzo
Inspired by the magnificent marble staircase of the Versace Palace, this range is captivating with its exquisite combination of architectural decorative elements and a sophisticated palette of colours.

Barocco Metallics
Iconic motifs with baroque floral trails and acanthus leaves in iridescent tones and contemporary mirror effects: pure elegance and unmistakably Versace.

These luxurious, playfully light-hearted wall decorations get their special charm from subtle floral decorative elements and a discreet colour scheme.

Le Coupe des Dieux, acanthus leaves, floral trails and animal motifs: this striking range makes use of an idiosyncratic decoupage technique to bring together a “best of Versace iconography”.

Barocco Birds
Exoticism meets opulent colourfulness: the all-over prints in this range combine tropical birds of paradise with the golden baroque details so characteristic of Versace.

The subtle meandering vines and wood décors of this range are borrowed from the geometric herringbone pattern of the parquet flooring of Villa Versace – and give the opulent collection a modern and timeless aspect.