Paint v Wallpaper v Contact: Which is Better for Your Home Renovation?

Planning a spring-cleaning renovation blitz to your home? You might have found yourself scanning Pinterest or Instagram for ideas, coming across some decorative alternatives that you’re itching to try.

The walls of your home have a great advantage – if you’re a homeowner you’re able to change and transform any space however you’d like. However, with some interesting design “hacks” such as the application of contact paper as an alternative becoming all the more popular, we decided to outline the benefits and disadvantages of paint, wallpaper and contact, so you can avoid any disastrous DIY projects.

Contact Paper

You read that correctly – contact paper. This DIY task is becoming popular with the help of Facebook groups. Homeowners and renters alike have used it everywhere from kitchen backsplash, to redoing tired looking furniture and even for feature walls in the living room.

This has made us question, does this damage the wall underneath when it’s removed?

The possible risks associated with using contact paper in your home may outweigh the benefits. You risk the chances of the wall becoming discoloured or flakey. Not only that, but if applied incorrectly, or if you use poor-quality contact, then you run the risk of pulling paint up and damaging your walls.

If you like the look that contact gives a room, consider investing in some vinyl wraps and always research on how to safely and correctly remove it before putting it up.


Wallpaper is having somewhat of a resurgence these days. Offering fun textures and unique patterns, you can make an impact with an impressive feature wall, however it can be a bit trickier to apply, and not to mention much messier than paint.

The great thing about wallpaper is that it’s durable and will hold up to the wear and tear that comes with having a family, and many varieties are even washable. Since wallpaper is applied with an adhesive then high moisture climates, bathrooms and kitchens may cause it to peel from the wall.

Removing wallpaper can also be a tedious job, and really needs a good amount of patience and the right tools to do correctly. Proper care must be taken, or damage can be done to the wall, just like with contact application.


The options that paint gives you for your home are endless, and the entire job time can take a fraction of what wallpaper application would take. Tools and equipment are often cheaper too, giving you more money to play with for professional application.

The biggest con? When walls are damaged, scraped or hit and the paint can chip. When this happens, repairing and repainting will be necessary.

If you’d like to talk to the painting experts about your upcoming reno project, get in touch with Thomas Fisher Painting today, and we’ll soon have your property looking great.