Wall Border Ideas

Written by nicole whitney
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Wall border is an easy way to transform a boring room. Use different methods to create a wall border vertically or horizontally on your walls. Use them along a ceiling for a special touch. If you decide that you want to change the decor, most wall borders are easy to remove.

Wallpaper Borders

Wallpaper borders are one of the easiest ways to create a wall border, since you simply paste it on. Choose scenes of a beach or jungle to remind you of your favourite vacation spot. A fruit border may stimulate the appetite in the kitchen. If you are a fishing enthusiast, use a fishing-inspired border in your office. Use borders in combination with wallpaper or use it to create a division between two colours, or to just add visual interest to a wall of one colour. When you want to remove it, simply wet it and peel it off.


A simple way to form a border on a wall is using paint. Choose a colour that coordinates well with other design features in the room. Section off a vertical strip of wall with painter's tape and fill it in with the desired paint. If you have artistic ability, paint a decoration on the border. Use plain acrylic paint and an artists brush to create flowers or words. You can also consider hiring an artist to paint trompe l’oeil, which means “trick of the eye.” Using this treatment an artist can create a border of realistic vines or swag of fabric.


If you lack creative ability, use a stencil to create a wall border. A stencil is a template with a design cut out of it. Simply place it where you desire on the wall and use a stiff brush loaded with paint to fill in the negative area of the stencil. Use stencils to create almost any kind of border design. In a country kitchen, you can do a stencil border of baskets. A child might enjoy a whimsical border of sea horses. In a modern living room, you can consider stencilling a vertical scroll border. Combine stencils to create an intricate custom border.


Using moulding as a border adds an architectural feature to a wall. It gives a room another dimension. You can find mouldings made out of wood, hard foam or plastic in different designs. Crown moulding is placed at the top of the wall to create an angled seam at the ceiling. It adds a polished look to the wall. You may use a thin strip of moulding to create a chair rail. Place the moulding horizontally just slightly below the halfway mark on a wall. Use moulding in conjunction with wallpaper, paint or stencil borders. You will have to measure and cut the moulding and then nail or glue it to the wall. If you decide to remove it, be prepared to repaint.

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