Accentuate, Divide, Lend Style
Borders are more than just a decorative finish to the wall. They change room proportions, divide large wall surfaces, provide accents and mark transitions. Specialty shops generally offer borders in lengths of 5 or 10 m. Their widths vary from between a few centimetres to an entire wallpaper width of 53 cm, depending on the motif.
Borders situated near the ceiling direct one’s gaze upward and create an optical balance to furniture and accessories. As a frieze near the floor, a border divides the wall and forms a horizontal line that makes the room seem more open. In contrast, when positioned vertically, borders add height to the room. In addition to these proportion-changing characteristics within a room, borders can also emphasise architectural details and create a transition between varying wallpaper patterns. Most of all, they serve as a significant source of style in the room.
Depending on the type of base wallpaper, hanging borders can vary quite a bit. The easiest wallpapers to adorn with borders are smooth paper wall- papers having an absorbent surface. A space does not need to be left for the border; the appropriate border can simply be pasted to the base wallpaper.
Non-woven borders are also easy to hang. Since a non-woven border needs no booking time and does not shrink, it can be hung without waiting using the wall-pasting method. First, the position of the border is marked with a laser level or chalk line. If possible for that particular motif, for instance with a solid-coloured wallpaper, the wallpaper strip above the border can also be pasted horizontally.
The wallpaper strip is positioned at the line and cut at the ceiling. Now the border can easily be hung along the edge of the wallpaper, edge to edge. Finally, the lower wallpaper strips are positioned at the lower edge of the border. For textured wallpaper or wallcoverings having a non-absorbent surface, on the other hand, it is better not to paste borders directly to the wallpaper. While there are special adhesives that enable direct pasting, it is less of a risk to paste the border to the wall first. The wallpaper strips to be subsequently pasted to the wall can be cut to size with a triangular straight edge and a utility knife. Nevertheless, it can sometimes be useful to paste the border after the wallpaper is hung. In such cases, the wallpaper strips overlap the border area and are cut precisely along the border edge.
One exception is peelable wallpaper. Here, the border can also be hung after the wallpaper is dry. The wallpaper is scored to match the border position, and the upper layer pulled off in a dry state. After the respective booking time, the border can then be pasted on. If a border is to frame a wall segment or door, mitred edge cuts are required. To fit the pattern exactly around the corner and connect it is not exactly easy. The best way is to try the starting point with a strip of dry border and subsequently work with double-cut seams directly on the wall.
Images & text courtesy of AS Creations, Wallpaper 1×1 – A Textbook For Craftsmen and Those Who Wish To Be