Wallcovering vs. Painting – Which is the Best Option for Your Business and Why?

Wallcovering vs. Painting - Which is the Best Option for Your Business and Why?

The walls of your business are one of the first things potential employees and customers may notice when they walk into your space. When it comes to commercial painting and commercial wallcovering, the walls, along with lighting, more often than not, really have an effect on how a person feels when they enter your business.

No matter the type of business that you’re managing, the image you portray when a potential customer or employee steps through those doors can make or break their experience.

A dramatic room can be made to feel relaxed and calm with just a touch of paint, while a room that is large in size can be made more comfortable, cozy, and inviting with a designed wallcovering or wallpaper.

When it comes down to making the right choice for your business, it’s best to have a good idea of what both are and weigh the pros and cons of each with your business goals.

What is wallcovering?

Most of us are familiar with painting on walls, but while wallcovering can include wallpaper, there’s also a different segment of the business. Wallcovering is made from paper, vinyl, wood (veneer), cork, glass fiber, fabric, and even dry-erase. 

Wallcovering is ideal for high-traffic areas and spaces that would be considered more “luxurious” in their appeal.

What is wallpaper?

Wallpaper is made from exactly that, paper! 

Wallpaper is ideal for lower traffic areas or areas that require an accent wall or decorative touch. 

What are the pros of wallcovering?

  • Durable and easy to clean
  • Various colors, styles, and patterns to choose from that fit your style and needs
  • Can add a “textured” look to your walls
  • Provides a higher-end wall finish

What are the cons of wallcovering?

  • Possibility of peeling or curling in areas with high moisture
  • Difficult to repair if damaged
  • More expensive than paint
  • Longer installation process
  • Potential wall damage/skim-coating required if ever removed

Painting walls is also a popular way to create unique spaces that have different looks and feels to them. Like wallcovering, painting has its own list of pros and cons.

What are the pros of painting?

  • Very cost-effective
  • Multiple color and finish options available
  • Easy-to-update at any time and change colors
  • Quick installation process

What are the cons of painting?

  • Susceptible to scuffs and damage in high-traffic areas
  • Cleaning of walls may show some streaking or impact sheen
  • Touch-up painting may not blend or match well

When it comes to determining what’s the best fit for your business, it’s best to ask yourself a few questions:

  1. What’s our budget for this project?
  2. What’s our plan for cleaning?
  3. What type of feel do we want to offer potential customers and employees?
  4. Is the feeling someone gets when they enter our facilities important to us?
  5. Do we need a quick installation?
  6. How often do we want to remodel or update?
  7. How will this space be used?

After asking these questions, you can easily reach out to one of our highly-qualified commercial interior team members to review the options that are best for you and your business.