Wallpaper Border Tips

A wall-covering integrated with the correct wallpaper border can greatly enhance the entire room decoration – with a little a touch of professionalism, creativity and a few basic skills thrown in.

Some of these tips may be helpful while hanging borders for your wall.

First of all, decide which corner of the wall you want to start installing the wallpaper border.

As for the height, a chair rail height is commonly used but need not be compulsory.

Go for a design which will best compliment the overall decor of the room.

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You can create beautiful architectural features by applying wallpaper borders around doors and windows.

For example, outlining with thin strips from the border can really accentuate the shape of doors and windows, especially if you happen to have those big, ugly traditional ones.

Ceilings are often overlooked while decorating with wallpaper borders.

What many people don’t know is that installing borders on the ceiling can give a nice effect to the room decor, holding it together visually.

Experimenting with paints can also be useful while decorating with wallpaper borders.

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For example, painting contrasting colors in and around the border, in an array of different styles can really give a dull room some color and light.

You might need to do a little sketching on paper first before applying the paints.

Vertically applied wallpaper borders can create visually enhancing textures for your walls.

With a little more imagination, you can also make unique designs by hanging borders in unusual directions and shapes.

Creativity is always important while installing wallpaper borders.

For example, double bordering and using multiple wallpaper borders can give a very nice coated effect, while a nice drop-ceiling effect can be achieved by applying the wallpaper border a few inches below the ceiling all around the room.

Removing Wallpaper Borders

The method of wallpaper border removal depends on what the border was applied on, like painted wall or not, was it applied over wallpaper, and what was used to hang the wallpaper border.

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If it’s on wallpaper, it can be easily peeled off.

However, if it’s on a painted wall, dampening the lower layer with warm water, and letting it soak for a while considerably make the job easier.

You can use any commercial chemical wallpaper remover if the border is a genuine wallpaper border and is reasonably new.

The remover will reactivate the adhesive and let you scrape off the paper with a scraping tool.

However the chemical usually won’t permeate if the wallpaper border has a vinyl outer covering.

Use a perforation tool to break the surface so the moisture can reach the adhesive.

Peel the wallpaper border with soft metal or plastic scraper, and not tools like strong metal scrapers or filling knives, which may result in unwanted scratches on the wall.

If the wallpaper border material is fibrous, like paper, you can use a garden sprayer to drench it with the chemical remover, and then remove the remaining residue.

Use a wallpaper steamer to reactivate the paste.

You can then easily scrape of the paper.

You can also use steam removal method for wallpaper borders.



First, steam the surface of the wall.

Start from the bottom to the topmost part, one section at a time.

If the wallpaper border uses extremely strong adhesive, you may need to steam each strip twice or thrice before removing.

Use a broad knife to scrape a strip of wallpaper off the wall, working from the bottom up.

And while the adhesive is still warm, scrape each strip of paper.

Using warm water and sponge, remove remaining adhesive residue.

 How to Install a Wallpaper Border