Homemade Textured Wall Border Ideas

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Homemade Textured Wall Border Ideas
Upholster plywood for a textured wall border. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Textured wall borders do more than divide your walls, they provide depth and dimension to your home decor. Textured wall borders can be subtle or they can be architectural, making a bold design statement. Choose the style that works best for your overall design and you'll be pleased with your textured wall border.


Tape off the area where you want the textured wall border. Use low-tack painter's tape to create a thick border so you don't get plaster above or below the tape. Colour the plaster with paint, choosing the existing wall colour or a complimentary shade. Stucco the wall with a small trowel and work in a half circle pattern to mimic stucco's traditional look.

Relief Stencils

Purchase several of the same stencil and tape them to the wall where you want the border. Mix plaster with the wall colour, but use a higher sheen. For example, if your wall is semigloss, use gloss paint to colour the plaster. Apply a thick layer of plaster to the stencil, making sure you cover all of the stencil design. Let the plaster set for several minutes. Remove the tape from the stencil and pull it toward you so it doesn't disturb the relief plaster.


Slice 4-by-4 posts, making the slices a variety of heights. Cut some of these slices in half for further variety. Make sure none of them are more than 4 inches tall when cut. Draw out the upper and lower edges of the wall border so they're 8 inches apart. Create your wall border by gluing the wood pieces to the wall with construction adhesive, making sure the pattern is random. This is a unique textured wall border that's better suited for higher placement on the wall to avoid injury.


Cut plywood to the size you want the wall border to be. Upholster the plywood with quilt batting and fabric. Use a staple gun to adhere the batting and fabric to the plywood. Position the upholstered border on the wall and attach it with finishing nails. Countersink the nails and tug the fabric over the nail head. Dab a tiny bit of glue over the hole so the upholstery doesn't fray. Hide the nails and the seams by gluing decorative trim to the border.

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