Wallpapering borders

Borders are an easy way of enhancing the overall impact of a space. These can be hung in many different ways, including next to skirting boards or cornices, around windows or even in the middle of a wall. Here we describe step by step how to wallpaper borders.

By a skirting board or cornice

  1. Apply paste to the back of the border using a brush. Fold the border in a concertina fold and leave it to expand for 5 minutes so that it is easier to hang.

  2. Start by hanging the border in a corner, overlapping onto the next wall by a few centimetres. Press down using a wallpapering tool or brush.

  3. Place the next border piece exactly in the corner. Look out for the pattern alignment.

  4. If the border is forming a frame, it looks best if it is cut at a 45-degree angle at the corner. Align the pattern and cut the lengths as normal. Then mark the cutting angle from the front and cut with a sharp knife.


Split wall

  1. Find a horizontal line in the space where the border will go. This may be a windowsill, an edge, a headboard or a piece of furniture that you would like the border to be visible above.

  2. Measure its height and plot out where the seams should meet on the wall using a graphite pencil. Place the upper wallpaper first. Apply paste to the wall, down to the graphite line.

  3. In later stages, apply paste to the lower part of the wall when you are ready to hang the lower strip of wallpaper. This applies for EasyUp wallpapers, for which you apply paste directly to the wall.

  4. When placing the wallpaper beneath the border, it is advisable to offset the strips by half a strip width. This is because it is often hard to get the strips to align exactly.

  5. The upper and lower strips of wallpaper should lie edge to edge at the seam. A gap is preferable to an overlap, as it can easily be filled with filler.

  6. Now make a few small graphite marks on the wall, preferably beneath where the border will go.

  7. Now follow the instructions for hanging borders under “By a skirting board or cornice” above, using the same procedure. However, in this case, follow the graphite marks that you made in step 6.

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