Doing a borders wall paper project, is one of the most versatile and decorative items you can use for a home design idea.

A wallpaper border can be your color palate and style guide, when choosing colors or a rooms design theme.

To use the border as your color palate, implement the tones, hues and shades that you find in the border, as a guide for selecting wall, fabric, artwork and furniture pieces.

When it comes to the theme of the border, try to weave it into the rooms look.

As an example, a kitchen border that has flowers, can use the same type of flowers for your canisters, bread box or wall art. Below are step by step instructions for doing a borders wallpaper. project.


Some wallpaper will shrink after cutting the overlapped aligned pattern. To see if your chosen border will decrease in size, align and overlap two squares of wallpaper border on a painted board.

Cut down the center of the overlap with a sharp utility knife. Let the paper dry, use a blow dryer if you like. Once dry, if there is a gap between your cut border, you will need to avoid cutting the overlaps as much as possible.

Shrinking paper that needs a lot of cuts, would require measuring each wall section, add on the amount it will shrink, draw a straight pencil line, then cut your dry paper with scissors.

I do not guarantee that this will work but it may be worth a try if you are exceptionally fond of the border you are using.

Otherwise take the paper back to the store and tell them why your unhappy. If you trade the shrinking paper for a different border, be sure it is not manufactured by the same company.

1. Stuck for design ideas, select a wallpaper border from your local painting and decorating supplier. There are a vast array of styles to choose from and you should easily find what you are looking for.

pre-glued, difficult to tear, flows with a rooms color or style and has the least amount of discarded pieces when lining up the pattern. Patterns that are the least intricate are the easyest to use, especially when trying to work with uneven wall corners.

Also, if you do not have them, purchase a wetting tray along with utility knife, spare blades, sponge, wash bucket, pencil, measuring tape and smoother for removing air bubbles.

Ask your store clerk for decorating, measuring and application advice.

2. Be sure the room is prepped with drop clothes, so that glue does not drip from the paper, onto your furniture and carpets. Set the dipping tray on a covered table in a fashion that lets you easily apply your borders wall paper design.

Try and drop as little glue as possible from the paper onto your painted wall, when hanging the wallpaper border.

3. Follow all application instructions. The amount of time wall paper sits in a tray of water and its booking duration (folding) can vary for each type of paper.

Be sure the glued part of the back of your borders wall paper is thoroughly submersed in water, prior to application.

4. Measure and cut your paper according to the length of a walls edge or corner. Have the paper bend into or out of a corner and lay onto the next wall by about an inch. Line up the patterns in the corner of your room, as you hang the next cut piece.

I prefer to paper each individual wall with the inch overlap because wall corner tend to be imperfect and crooked. If you wet a long length of paper then try applying it, you may have difficulty bending the paper over or into a walls corner.

It may also be impossible to line up your corner, borders wallpaper and ceiling edge as you proceed to the next wall.

5. The moistened glue makes the border slippery. Push it into place with your fingers. Make sure it is flat, level with your ceiling and has no bubbles or wrinkles.

If necessary, as you apply your borders wallpaper design, use a wallpaper smoother.

6. If you can tell in a corner or mid room, were you have aligned and overlapped your border, (due to insufficient length) use a very sharp new utility blade.

Cut through the middle of your overlapped paper (do not mark the wall below the paper). Remove and throw away any excess pieces.

If you have lined up the overlapped design patterns properly, they will flow together evenly once the paper is cut.

Use a new blade edge for each cutting (a dull knife will bunch the paper together).

7. Apply the rest of the measured paper to your walls. As your applying the paper, use a damp (not wet) clean sponge to remove glue that may have dripped onto the painted wall surface or is at the edge of your border.

Be sure your bucket of water and sponge stay clean or you'll be smearing glue around the walls surface. If your not diligent about removing excess glue, you may need to wash all of the room walls once you are done.

8. Use some of the extra pieces of border, if you wish, to wrap light switches and plug covers. Apply the paper as if you where wrapping a birthday present.

Practice on an old switch or plug plate to find the proper technique. You should now have a beautifully compleated, borders wall paper project.


Ceilings that are not stippled, can have borders glued to them instead of the walls. Cut the paper at an angle in the corners of a room as if you where making a picture frame.

A border can also be applied along the middle of a wall (use a measuring tape and level pencil line) or around doors and windows.

If you decide to do any of these alternatives, attach a section or two of dry paper, using some painters tape.

Hang your border using the tape, then stand back to see how it will look.

By doing so you’ll know how high it needs to be from the floor or if a borders wall paper design will be to gawdy looking around the windows and doors.


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