How to Use Wallpaper Borders Creatively in Your Decor

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Wallpaper borders typically perch at the tops of walls - but there's so much more you can do with them. Take a look at the following steps for some ideas.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Wallpaper Paste
  • Razor Knives
  • Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper Borders

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    Frame door and window moldings with wallpaper border. Miter the edges, that is, trim each end diagonally so they meet together at a clean angle, for a professional look.

  2. 2

    Dress up an unframed mirror, like the kind in a bathroom, with a border frame. Again, miter the edges.

  3. 3

    Put the border at baseboard level. This is particularly effective on a stairway, adding a lot of drama to your home when viewed from the first floor.

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    Install the border on the ceiling, set in a few inches from the wall, all the way around the room. Miter the corners.

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    Hang the wallpaper border at chair-rail height; a trome l'oeil border that looks like decorative wooden molding looks great used this way. If desired, hang a contrasting paper underneath for a wainscoting effect.

  6. 6

    Hang the wallpaper border 6 to 8 inches below the ceiling all the way around the room, for a drop-ceiling effect. Paint above the border, both walls and ceiling in one color (usually white); below the border, use a contrasting color.

  7. 7

    Double up your borders wherever they're hung for added impact. Trompe l'oeil "moldings" look great used this way - like an expensive, stacked-molding treatment.

  8. 8

    Mat an inexpensive picture with border before framing.

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