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.
By a skirting board or cornice
- 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.
- Start hanging the border in a corner, overlapping onto the next wall by a few centimetres. Press down using a wallpapering tool or brush.
- Place the next border piece exactly in the corner. Look out for the pattern alignment.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In later stages, apply paste to the lower part of the wall when you are going to place the lower strip of wallpaper. (EasyUp wallpaper.)
- When placing the wallpaper beneath the border, it is advisable to offset the strips by half a strip width. (It is often hard to get the strips to align exactly.)
- 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.
- Now make a few small graphite marks on the wall, preferably beneath where the border will go.
- Now follow the standard instructions for hanging borders.