Decorating Wall Borders

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Decorating Wall Borders
Old World Style Wall Border (Cohdra/morguefile and JBorlongan)

Design Styles

Updating a room does not have to be expensive; with simple decorative touches a room can look different giving it a more attractive and fresh look. Using wall borders is a simple project that anyone can apply to any room. There are different methods or ways to add wall borders that can go with the homeowner's personal design style. From Old World style to traditional and contemporary designs and anything in between, a wall can stand out with additional embellishments that can match or complement the design style of the home. By doing so, you can achieve a cohesive look all around the house.

Decorating Wall Borders
Old World Style Wall Border


Wall borders can come in different materials, styles, colours and patterns. Although most wall borders come in materials made of paper, there are also those that are made of metals and plasters. One can also use stencils as wall borders; using different colours and patterns. There are paintable wallpaper borders that you can paint with colours that can match the colour of the rest of the wall, or add depth by adding metallic colours to make them appear as tin metals or authentic plasters. The raised designs or embellishments of the paintable wallpaper borders also add depth to the design making them look hand-carved. There are also some wall borders made by creating frames out of wood or mouldings. They can add additional interest to the design when placed next to the ceiling or crown mouldings.

Other techniques to decorate wall borders are using letters either stencilled or freehand. By writing favourite sayings or quotes, you can add more personality to the room. Decorate wall borders by hanging a collection of plates spaced evenly. You can also add mirrors, tiles and use stamping techniques to decorate your wall borders.

Decorating Wall Borders
Classical Wall Border


Prior to the start of the installation, clean the wall surface by removing loose nails or tacks, patching cracks and holes. Measure and mark the location where you will put the paper borders, if the room is uneven, use a level as your guide. Leave some space for trimming. When using wallpaper borders, use wallpaper paste and water to put them up. If you are installing over existing wallpaper, you can also use a regular paper or adhesive glue provided it could stick well. There are pre-pasted wallpaper borders that you can use, all you need is dip them in water and apply using a squeegee to remove excess water and air. Use the sponge to blot out the dripping water to protect the lower part of the wall.

You can paint paintable wallpaper border or use it with its default white colour against a coloured background to give the appearance of wood mouldings. Use metallic colours to add depth to the raised and intricate designs.

Apply stencils on the wall borders using stippling brush and paint. Dry off any excess paint after dipping the brush in the paint bucket, and then use a stippling technique to give smoother finish. Use multiple pieces of stencils so that you do not have to use one piece for the entire room to save time and effort.

Use additional wood mouldings and have them aligned under the ceiling mouldings to give the appearance of taller ceilings adding to the grandeur of the room. For a creative use of space, measure 12 to 18 inches from the ceiling or crown moulding, and then apply additional mouldings along the strip of the marks. Finally, paint the wall in between the ceiling or upper mouldings and lower mouldings a unifying colour to make give the illusion as if you installed wider or bigger mouldings.

Decorating Wall Borders
Words and plates can decorate wall borders.

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