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Interior trends: Bold, beautiful borders | Interior decorating ideas

28th February 2023

The corner of a wall with bold patterned edging and floral design.

Are wall borders coming back?

What goes around comes around… and interior design trends are no exception. A hot trend for 2023 is predicted to be the return of bold, beautiful wall borders. Think period décor with a modern twist as the perfect way to add a bit of fun and character to your home, whether you live in a modern house or an older property.


Why are wall borders trending?

Wall borders are becoming popular again because they can add interest and detail to a room or area in your home really quickly and at a relatively low cost.

We’re all getting more confident with using colour in our homes and adding a border is a great way to elevate a room. Borders can be layered over wallpaper or painted walls or they can be used to create a feature in simpler rooms. They can even be used to highlight existing features in a room, particularly if you have a period or listed property.

They’re less commitment than wallpapering or painting the whole room but can add a pop of colour and interest to the space.


Here are our top tips on how to style borders in your home…


Border away from tradition


Walls painted in Flutterby with Sapling Border. Both painted in Claypaint.

Traditionally, borders were used to add interest to a room. They would be placed either along the top edge of the wall, halfway down the wall or at picture rail height. Designs varied but it was typical to find borders in pastel colours with a floral motif.

Fast forward to 2023 and borders look a lot different. Gone are the days of being confined to these three areas, now borders are free flowing, wrapping around corners, door frames and windows to accentuate existing features. Breaking away from traditional horizontal lines, borders used vertically can change the feel of a space. Drawing the eye up, vertical borders can be used to create the illusion of higher ceilings in a room.


Dare to be bolder?

Some things should be left in the past, like the washed-out, flower-covered adhesive borders of the 1980s. Now wall borders have been reinvented, to be vibrant, bold and beautiful additions to any room. Expect to be spoilt for choice with many styles available, from geometric and organic shapes to abstract and floral. Colours are no longer limited to just pastel hues either.

Wallpaper borders are bolder than ever like the Ernie Wallpaper border from Studio Atkinson, printed using a traditional surface print technique, it really catches the eye.

Image Credit: Studio Atkinson – Ernie Wallpaper Border

Tip: Keep paper borders and wallpaper breathable by using our breathable Wallpaper Paste.


BIY – Border it yourself

Why not make your own border? Your painted border can be as simple or intricate as you like. Stencils are available online in lots of different designs and are easy to use.

First, paint your wall to provide a backdrop for your border. Next, adhere your stencil to the wall using frog tape and dab our Claypaint in your chosen colours onto the stencil with a sponge or stencil brush. Allow the paint to be touch-dry before removing the stencil to reveal a beautiful pattern underneath.

Bedroom featuring Vanilla walls with Lady Bug border. Both painted in Claypaint.

Did you know stencils can also be used on wooden furniture? Check our previous blog with an easy ‘how to’ guide using our Eco Chic furniture paint.

Ready to get started? Order your free colour card today and start selecting your colour scheme!

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