Wallpaper borders can enhance wallcoverings and accentuate walls. These appealing decoration features will gracefully bring out the beauty of any room in the house. With the advent of technology, wallpaper borders no longer require any special tools for their installation. But not everyone is convinced when it comes to using these decorative liners in their homes.
If you want to express your interior decor style and contemplate the idea of wallpaper borders, we urge you to read this article first.
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When Were Wallpaper Borders Introduced?
Borders first became popular during the 80s and 90s when they were used in decorating wall spaces. However, the big trend soon lost its influence as people turned to other wall decorating materials. In the early 2000s, traditional wallpaper borders regained their popularity as newer versions in the form of vinyl decals and stencil borders came to the market.
Are Wallpaper Borders Still in Style Today?
2020 saw a come back of wallpaper borders thanks to the cool new designs created by new technology. In fact, it is now possible to find a wide range of border designs in an assortment of themes, patterns, textures and colors. These wall decoration liners allow you to personalize your empty walls with tasteful decals, artwork or inspirational quotes. And even if you want to keep it simple, there is a diverse choice of color palettes to transform your walls.
How to Install Wallpaper Borders in Your Home
Borders are the easiest and quickest way to add flare to your room. Whether you’re installing the liner in your kid’s bedroom, dining bedroom or just want to spruce up the living room, there are many easy to apply wallpaper borders.
The good news is, hanging borders doesn’t require the help of a professional as most come with basic instructions so you can hang them with ease within minutes. In just 3 simple steps, you can install your wallpaper border on any wall of your house.
- Location: to begin, you must first decide where you want to hang the border. It can be installed at any height – even around the ceiling! Most borders typically come in 15-inch rolls, which are long enough to cover average-size walls.
- Preparation: preparing beforehand is key in any successful DIY project. You must check the surface for any blemishes, paint stains or cracks before installing the border. Uneven wall surfaces will make it difficult to lay the border smoothly.
To cover the cracks, fill them with a matching colored caulk. To remove paint stains, use a paint scraper. Since most borders are quite thin, any stains or blemishes on the wall will show through after you’ve installed the border. It is, therefore, best to fix them beforehand for a clean finish.
- Installation: installing wallpaper borders are now much easier than it used to be thanks to the advent of technology. Simply spray the pre-pasted side of the paper with water in order to activate it. Be sure to leave the paste for 3 minutes until it’s fully activated before positioning on the wall and smoothing it into place.
There are also borders that feature peel and stick technology just like wallpapers so all you need to do is peel off the backing and stick the liner to the middle, top or lower section of the wall.
Now that you’ve learned how to apply wallpaper borders to your walls, we have compiled a list of the best options for your kitchen, bathroom and living room.
Wallpaper Borders for Kitchen
1. Farmhouse Shelf Border by York Wallcoverings
For a vintage charm, this farmhouse style wallcovering shelf border is a smart approach for a clean look. It is ideal for anyone who wants to add a personal touch to their kitchens. We love the simplicity of the design that promotes green living. The easy-to-remove border is manufactured using high-performance substrates that only requires water to activate. The design features a collection of trinkets displayed on a wooden ledge and work perfectly in traditional kitchens.
2. Chef’s A-Cookin’ Border by York Wallcoverings
We have another surestrip wallpaper border that will look great in a farmhouse style kitchen. This border is simply peel and stick and very easy to remove. It is printed on high-performance paper with pre-pasted glue so you can effortlessly apply it on the wall and remove it when it’s time to re-decorate your home. To remove, peel the corners of the paper and pull the strip from the wall. It will come off within seconds without leaving a sticky residue. No tools, no hassle!
3. Best of Country Hanging Star Border by York Wallcoverings
This ultra quaint border flaunts a combination of coordinating patterns in the shapes of berries, willows, wicker baskets, roosters, sheep, tin stars and vines that give it such a classic look. It is perfect for accentuating the walls of your dining room or kitchen for a farmhouse style touch. The hanging border complements any country decor and will transform your kitchen into a warm and inviting place.
4. Butterflies Border by Brewster
Decorative borders allow you to create an array of special effects on the walls. In addition, they are versatile enough to be positioned at the top of the wall, in the middle or above the ceiling line to frame the room. The elegant patterns, like the one shown here, will add personality to a modern or traditional style kitchen. The prepasted solid sheet vinyl border features beautiful butterflies that will complement a matching wallpaper.
5. Chocolate Cream and Teal Flowers Border by Fine Decor
This floral themed wallpaper border is a must-have for any style kitchen. It features a vivid cream, aqua and chocolate pattern that follows the floral trail. When used alongside a floral wallpaper, the peel and stick border decal will complete the look. It comes in 1 continuous roll that’s easily removable and reusable.
6. Multicolor Leaf Trail Border by Fine Decor
The multicolor floral leaves of this modern design border works very well on white background. If you are looking to freshen up your space without much effort, then opt for this peel and stick decorative liner. You won’t even need to apply any wallpaper to match this border; it will stand out beautifully as is.
Wallpaper Borders for Bathroom
1. Waterproof 3D Pattern Border
This stylish border will instantly add sophistication to your bathroom. Made from environmentally-friendly PVC material that’s waterproof, moisture proof and dust proof, it makes sense to hang this 3D pattern wallpaper border in your bathroom. To install, just peel off the backing paper and stick to the flat surface. No need to apply glue!
2. 3D Silver Flowers Border by Yija
Here is a stylish 3D silver flower border that is the perfect addition to your gray wall bathroom. It is durable and easy to install (peel and stick) with a pre-measured cut grid on the backing paper. You can use a heat gun to speed up the installation process. The border will look beautiful on the floor and walls of your bathroom.
3. Cahoon Green Sea Glass Wallpaper Border by Chesapeake
Now how about a stunning sea glass color in the form of this ocean inspired border. Featuring hand-painted vases filled with lily and daisy flowers as well as white seashells, the artistic design of this border will adorn your bathroom walls. It is prepasted, washable and strippable with 10 square feet of coverage.
4. Vintage Blue Floral Wallpaper Border by Yifely
Another border that adds an instant accent to your bathroom is this vintage style floral liner. Made from solid sheet vinyl, the prepasted border can be positioned at the top of the wall to frame the floral-inspired bathroom or as vertical stripes for an elegant look. It is waterproof and easy to stick on dry surfaces.
5. Embossed Diamond Black Peel and Stick Border by HyFanStr
The lifelike 3D diamond design on this border is so elegant it will draw the eye to your walls immediately! We recommend this border to be installed in moist bathrooms as it’s made from thick PVC that’s waterproof and dust proof so you won’t need to worry about its durability. The self-adhesive border is peel and stick and easily repositionable with no residual glue or mess.
Wallpaper Borders for Living Room
1. Brown Wood Grain Border
If you like luxury, then you’ll love this chic brown wood grain border for your living room walls. It is durable and simple to hang with a measure-and-cut grid line on the back of the paper. It is sure to bring character and detail to your living room in the most cost-effective way.
Not all wallpaper borders can create a luxurious look. It depends on the pattern and thickness of the material you go for. This iris navy blue border features an interesting 3D pattern that has enhanced its beauty. The peel and stick border is made from super thick PVC resin that guarantees durability. You can install it on your living room walls for added character or match it with a navy or teal wallpaper to accentuate your walls.
3. Gold Royal Peony Wallpaper Border by Yija
The stunning royal peony design of this wallpaper border will look great in a luxury style living room. The most beautiful feature that stands out on this border is the gold floral pattern. But even if you don’t want gold, the manufacturer gives the option of light green, white and light yellow rolls that are 16.5 feet long.
4. Birds and Butterflies Wallpaper Border by Malkan Signs
For a fun new look in your living room, go for this black and white butterflies and birds border. It’ll serve as a beautiful backdrop or an exciting addition to sprucing up dull walls. You can create a perfect centerpiece in your dining or living area with this characterful border. And if you’re worried about the birds flying away, you’ll be pleased to know that the liner is made from sturdy backing that sticks firmly to the walls. It comes with extra strong adhesive for secure and long-lasting attachment to the wall surface. Such qualities are rarely seen on other traditional borders, which makes this particular liner an excellent buy.
5. Neutral Gray Royal Tulip Border
The non-textured 2D wallpaper border is the perfect way of bringing colors together. This neutral gray tulip liner can either be used in between matching wallpaper or framed around a window. It is made from PVC not paper, which makes the border simple to clean. The adhesive is very strong so the border will stick to any surface to give a beautiful finish for years to come.
6. Evergreen Ivy Wall Decals by RoomMates
Bring the outdoors in with this attractive evergreen ivy border. Each roll includes 26 wall decals that are easy to apply with no tools needed. The wall decal will add a stunning finishing touch to both a modern and traditional style living room. Each decal is pre-cut for easy hanging and can be applied to a flat, smooth surface, appliance or tiles. To spruce up your furniture, staircase or accentuate your living room windows, go for a nature-themed look. And when you’re ready for a change, simply remove the decal and apply it to another room.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, wallpaper borders add character and dimension to a room without overwhelming the space. These decorative wall art liners are no longer perceived to be outdated as they are now available in an assortment of patterns and themes. Whether you want to bring more charm to your walls or create a feature of colors and designs, hanging borders will add a layer of interest that’s bound to catch the attention of your visitors. We hope you’ve been inspired by our list of wallpaper border suggestions as our aim was to show you just how stylish and refreshing these wall decoration liners can be.