Border for wallpaper (or frieze, edging, edging, curb tape) is a strip of small width made of various materials that is glued on top of the wallpaper or in the places where they are joined with other materials. Choosing the right edging is not that difficult. This article describes in detail what you need to consider and what nuances you should pay attention to before buying a border for wallpaper.
Variants of a combination of wallpaper and decorative borders
Often, when you buy wallpaper in addition to the main finishing material, it is proposed to purchase such a decorative element as curbs. This product allows you to complement the appearance of the room, highlight significant details of the design, correct the visual size of the internal space, hide the decoration errors, set boundaries in the dock with other materials.
Almost in any specialized store selling wallpaper there is a catalog of curb tape. The buyer can pick it up independently from the offered range. However, many manufacturers greatly simplify the task of selection, providing one or several border options with the wallpaper model.
As a rule, the manufacturer offers two options for a combination: by color or by pattern. For example, green wallpapers of light tones with floral ornaments are perfectly combined with white or dark tones with a green border with the same pattern or without. In the case of a monochromatic coating, you should opt for a frieze of a similar shade with any print. This addition will enrich the design of the room and make it more sophisticated and attractive.
Helpful advice! In one collection you can find wallpaper and curb tape with different patterns. Such a combination may not look very good in a small room, too overwhelming the appearance of the walls and attracting too much attention to them.
Another option from manufacturers is wallpaper and borders with the same image. For example, the first ones are decorated with large geometric figures, and the edging is identical in color and shape, but smaller. It should also be taken into account that the wall covering should be combined not only with a frieze, but also with other design elements.
Regarding the choice of colors, it is necessary to say separately that a very colorful ribbon is appropriate only in rooms where it is placed on walls. However, even lockers and other furniture items are not planned to hang. However, there is one type of room where the use of bright colors is justified – for children.
When a child reaches the conscious age, caring parents often want to paste over his room with wallpaper of the subject that is of interest to him at the moment. This is the main mistake, since the hobbies of the young children usually change very quickly. It is much more expedient to pick up the curb ribbon “according to interests”. Replacing it will be much easier, cheaper and faster than completely re-glue all coverage in the nursery.
The walls themselves are painted in a neutral positive color. It is worth remembering that too bright and challenging premises can cause anxiety in children.
There are several options for making decorative frieze.
Paper border for wallpaper. This option is exposed to ultraviolet rays, pigment burnout, and mechanical damage during cleaning. Such a frame in the repair can be used if relatively frequent changes are foreseen in the interior of the room. The main advantage is the ease of pasting and removal. All this should be taken into account before buying a paper border for wallpaper.
Vinyl framing. It is more practical, durable, durable, less prone to fading, easy to clean when wet cleaning. Vinyl tape is well suited for the hallway, kitchen, bathroom and other places with high pollution.
Acrylic edging. It includes all the advantages of vinyl, but has a lower cost due to the use of acrylic emulsion.
Textile edge. It has a two-layer structure of paper and fabric, which results in a high density and durability of the coating.
It should be immediately noted that the edging is never glued to the center of the wall. Otherwise, the room becomes visually lower. The ideal position is 1/3 of the height from the floor. In this case, the strip becomes the border between the wallpaper of a different type. One of the classic examples of the combination is “striped wallpaper – piping – patterned wallpaper”. The choice can be made in favor of plain wallpaper, with the lighter ones being glued at the top, and the dark ones at the bottom.
The above-described arrangement of the frame is especially relevant when pasting the kitchen. The main factor here is practicality. Often, a more expensive coating is glued at the top of the wall, and special washable wallpaper and vinyl or acrylic edge close the work area.
The most common arrangement of a decorative border for wallpaper under the ceiling. At the same time, it partially replaces the ceiling plinth. It is necessary to take into account that the pasting of the frieze at the very top of the wall is recommended to choose only for large spacious rooms. This emphasizes the beauty of the ceiling, makes the room more comfortable and cozy, corrects its visual dimensions.
Helpful advice! Border for wallpaper can be pasted vertically. This allows you to visually highlight a specific area of the wall or functional area. Can be edged doorways, mirrors, furniture, etc.
Very rarely curb tape for wallpaper is located below the floor. This technique can be used if an error was made in measuring the height of the wall and the wallpaper after cutting was a bit short. Also, there are cases when poor quality material is compressed during drying.
To get the perfect joint, it is necessary to place the vertical and horizontal strip overlap, one on top of the other. Immediately after this, attach a ruler along the line of the future joint (diagonally) and hold it with a sharp knife, cutting both layers. Next, bend the edges and remove the trim. After that, return the part of the joint to its original position and carefully smooth out, removing the excess glue.
Choosing and applying a curb on a wall is an easy task, which even a person who does it for the first time can do. However, it is worth remembering: what seems to be a new, original idea in theory – in practice, it can give far from the expected result. Therefore, it makes sense, if not to be guided, then at least to take into account the well-known rules and recommendations of specialists.