Unique and colourful wallpaper

Ten questions for Kim Pravey and Mbugua Kamau

Directors, Wall Art Designs 

By Allan Olingo

1. Aren’t wallpapers more expensive than paint?

Initially, wallpapers were more expensive than paint but when you look at it in the long term, they are cheaper. Paints are oxidised after two to three years and need a fresh coat, but wallpapers remain colourful for years. With the advent of technology, the cost of wallpaper is reducing.

2. What is the cost of good wallpaper?

A good quality wallpaper will cost approximately Sh2,500 per five-metre square while a customised wallpaper costs around Sh6,500 per five-metre square. All these costs are labour inclusive.

- Mbugua Kamau

9. How does paintable wallpaper compare to wallpaper?

The ordinary wallpaper lasts longer and can easily be cleaned unlike painted wallpaper. However, since paint is easily changed, painted wallpaper makes the place look new every time a new coat is applied. Paintable wallpaper also looks classier.

10. How is the Kenyan market responding to wallpapers?

Kenyans are slowly embracing this technology. And although many people still think wallpapers are substandard and cannot compare to paint, whatever wallpapers offer is far better than paint.