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If the idea of wallpaper makes you think of your grandparent’s home right out of the 1960s you’re not alone. Many people mistakenly think that wallpaper is outdated, but it’s actually a great option for decorating and can be a lot better than paint in some situations. Here are four reasons you should choose wallpaper over paint as you think about decorating your home.

1: Wallpaper is durable.

One of the reasons your grandmother had wallpaper in her home was probably to protect the walls from damage. Wallpaper is one of the best ways to keep walls looking great for several years, and if it’s installed correctly it could continue to look great for 10 to 15 years or more. It’s easy to clean just by wiping it down, without the need to redo the wallpaper except in the case of the most egregious stains. There are even options that are ideal for washing and scrubbing, so you can choose this type of wallpaper if you know your family will be hard on your walls.

Painted walls, on the other hand, require a lot of maintenance and upkeep. They have to be repainted and repaired anytime you get a chip or a crack. You can try to wash them, but that can leave streaks. Plus the color fades over time and even if you use the exact same paint, you might notice differences that cause repainted areas to look much worse.

2: Wallpaper is easy to install and remove.

One of the biggest misconceptions about wallpaper is that it’s impossible to get off. That might have been true for some wallpaper applications and styles in the old days, but most of today’s wallpaper is much easier to get on and off. Just apply paste to the walls, hang the paper, and let it dry. If you change your mind or want to revamp your style, it comes off in full sheets.

3: Wallpaper gives you more textures and patterns to choose from.

When it comes to painted walls, there is really only one texture—flat. You might be able to choose a different sheen to get a slightly different look, but unless you’re a home interior painting expert or a Pinterest whiz, your walls are going to be one texture. Wallpaper allows you to explore a wider range of colors, textures, and patterns for any room. Choose bright prints, metallic details, faux finishes, and other options for a really dynamic look.

4: Wallpaper is affordable.

You might be worried that the cost of wallpaper is out of your budget, but they come in a variety of styles and prices. We have a huge selection available at the best prices you can find anywhere. Check out our selection of wallpaper, wall murals, borders, and more to find a stylish, durable, and affordable way to decorate your home.

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