By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A quick fix for plain Jane walls is to add a splash of color and design with a wallpaper border. Use a border to outline a room at the ceiling or around doors and windows, or create a visual chair rail with a border 36 inches above the floor. Whether you want to perk up a kid's room or a kitchen, a wallpaper border is one of the easiest ways we know how to do it.
A wallpaper store will stock the widest range of sizes, styles and colors of border paper, in addition to a myriad of books from which you can order. Most wallpaper borders in books are coordinated to go with companion wall coverings and fabrics, and are available pre-pasted and strippable. They range in size from a few inches to over a foot high in rolls 5 to 7 yards long. In some stores you?ll find borders with cutout designs or scalloped edges that come with adhesive backing so they're easy to apply.
A wallpaper hanger will install a pre-pasted border on painted walls in a 10-by-12-foot room for $201, which includes the material and labor. You can buy a good quality, pre-pasted border and install it yourself for $80, the cost of the materials, and save 60 percent. The materials include the border, sizing, and a wallpaper kit with a trim guide, seam roller, smoothing brush and razor knife. You'll also need a tape measure, chalk line, carpenter's level, pair of scissors, small paint roller and ladder. Change blades of the razor knife frequently because the cutting dulls the blades quickly. Snap off dull blades on a breakaway razor knife, or change the blades on the other type cutters.
Not sure where you want to position a border in a room? Use masking tape applied lightly at different heights of the wall to get an idea of what a border will look like in that position.
Don't have the time to do this one? Here's a link to Home Advisor, a free referral service that matches homeowners with local contractors.
Be inspired with creative ideas to use walpaper border from Pinterest.
The average price to hang a wallpaper border noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020