How To Decorate With Wallpaper Borders

Wallpaper borders are some of the most popular wall coverings in home decor. Comprised of only a narrow strip of decorative paper, they are frequently used to complement or accent the design of a room. There are many ways wallpaper borders can be used. This article will look at three of the most common applications for wallpaper borders, and explain how these techniques can be used to beautify your home or office.

Floral

Wallpaper borders come in a variety of styles, colors, patterns and sizes. But perhaps the most popular of all the styles is the floral pattern. These borders are common in modern, contemporary homes as well as in rustic country estates. The floral design evokes feelings of Spring, rebirth and all the pleasant things in life. It works best in traditional design, but the right floral patterned border can fit almost any existing decor.

Accent

Using a wallpaper border to accent an existing design is a common technique among professionals and do-it-yourselfers. It's tempting to add a touch more style to what you've already put together, and the border is the right tool for the job. There are just a couple of things you need to watch out for. First, understand your colors. Get yourself a simple color wheel or download one onto your tablet so it is easy to access. This will let you know which colors will complement and which ones will clash. The study of color can get pretty complex, but just keep in mind that the primary colors yellow and blue are considered opposites. That does not mean they clash; in fact, these colors work very well together. But they are on opposite sides of the color spectrum. It's important to understand where colors lie in relation to one another to understand which colors will go together. Borders are often made up of several colors of varying shades, but their will be a dominant color in all of them and that is what you will need to match with your existing wall, ceiling, accessories and floor.

Inside Molding

This is a technique that can have a great effect on the style of a room. It requires more work and investment than just simply applying the wallpaper border, but it pays off in dividends when it comes to style. First, the room will need a crown molding. This is a decorative strip of narrow wood fastened to the seam where the walls and ceiling meet. Another, more narrow strip of molding is then fastened beneath the crown molding. The wallpaper border is applied between the two strips of molding, producing a framed effect.