Out of Curiosity:: Wallpaper Borders, Yea or Nay?

Last Updated on February 12, 2019 by Kristi Linauer

Okay, I’m not gonna beat around the bush here. I hate wallpaper borders. Hate them. Hate…them!

Am I clear? :~D

However, if you know me…at…all, you know that I absolutely adore Candice Olsen. I think she has unimaginable talent and exquisite taste.

So imagine my excitement when I was on the Sherwin Williams website last night, searching for wallpaper for the master bedroom in Alice & John’s home…

Hey you! You over there! I saw you turn your nose up at the mention of wallpaper!! Don’t judge it ’til you see it!! *ahem* Anywhoo… :~D

So I was looking for wallpaper, when I saw a book of Candice Olsen wallpaper. Sure, it was for kids, but I was still curious. I just knew it was going to be fabulous!! I started flipping through the selections, and then…. What the…?? Are those wallpaper borders?? From Candice Olsen?!

Yes, indeed they were. Wallpaper borders! From Candice Olsen!! And not just a couple of them, but LOTS of them!!

I was shocked. No, I was horrified.

But then it dawned on me. Perhaps…just maybe…I didn’t get the memo that wallpaper borders are back in vogue. Could it be? I suppose it’s possible. After all, it’s obvious that some among us didn’t get the memo that wallpaper is back in a big way.

Yes, you over there…I’m talking to you…again! :~D

So now I have to know…

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    May 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    "After all, it's obvious that some among us didn't get the memo that wallpaper is back in a big way."

    You talking to me? 🙂 I get it. I know it's back. BUT it's not coming back in my house. Not unless I use it to back a book shelf, or wrap a hat box, or maybe, maybe, if I just really LOVED it, I'd put it somewhere in a bathroom, say on the ceiling? 🙂 But other than that, I just don't see it. HOWEVER, Candace Olsen is 'da Bomb! By far the Queen of TV decor! So if Her Decorum Highness, Candace Olsen was doing a room in my house and wanted to use wallpaper? I'd be all over that! :}

    Actually, I can't wait to see what you are going to do wallpaper this summer! 🙂

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    May 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    rolf!!! Okay, I have to admit. Your name did…happen…to pop into my mind as I wrote that. :~D

    But I've had similar exchanges with many people who are vehemently opposed to wallpaper, so you have plenty of company in your anti-wallpaper camp.

    Hopefully I can convert at least a few of you this summer…especially now that Sherwin Williams has the EasyChange wallpaper that comes off cleanly in complete sheets. It's amazing…and it's really not too terribly expensive! The ones I saw were about $50 for a double roll.

    But rest assured…even if you still decide that wallpaper isn't your thing (even after seeing the fabulously, breathtakingly gorgeous room that I'm going to design using wallpaper), I will hold no hard feelings towards you. I may question your design taste, but I'll still let you visit my blog. :~D lol

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    May 14, 2010 at 11:29 am

    So I like the pattern on the last one – but since I've taken down border in every room of my place…and in the kitchen wallpaper with a wallpaper border over it…I'm out. So however posh and fun a feature wall is in wallpaper and or a border, I will not be using it for the time being. Too much of a pain to take off.

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    May 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I have been shocked about the resurecting of wallpaper AT ALL. It was on the way out 10 years ago when I left the design field. I do like that flip flop border tho and that would SERIOUSLY look adorable in my 1/2 bath.

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    May 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Our last home had wallpaper borders in literally every room. One exception was the spare bath that had a stenciled border. The kitchen was totally wallpapered and finished with a border too. I so hated the borders and stripped them all off. After that experience I am not inclined to use wallpaper borders ever. In fact I thought it made me totally wallpaper adverse. However, now I would say there is an exception to wallpaper. I can see a very classy wallpaper perhaps in our dining room above the chair rail. I love some of the chinoiserie papers now by Thibault, but a little would go a long way. That being said at the moment it is a little rich for my blood, but one can dream!

    Thanks for your blog!