There are a couple of ways to paint a border. You can paint the wall with solid colors or use stencils to create a border design.
For solid borders, there are two common approaches. If you don't have crown molding, a border can look good where the wall meets the ceiling, creating a nuanced division between the two. Borders are also often painted at, or a little higher or lower than, the middle of the wall. This creates a two-tone wall effect and can look similar to wainscoting. How you create your border though is a matter of your personal taste and imagination.
Whether you're adding a border to an existing paint color or repainting an entire wall with a border in mind, learn how to use different colors to create the effect you want. It's common to choose two shades of the same color, but you don't have to limit yourself. For a bolder effect, try contrasting colors that complement one another.
Your local True Value hardware store's Certified Color Experts can answer any questions you have about paint color and point you in the right direction, based on your preferences. Pick up a Custom Mixed Color Sample to try out different colors on your walls. You can also pick up one of our helpful Idea Cards or Trend Cards to help you choose your palette. In addition to visiting your local True Value hardware store, you canad experiment with our interactive Color Visualizer which allows you to preview paint color and furniture according to six different moods. Or try experimenting with the color wheel on the Color Selection Tool.
Stencils are typically available at decorating and craft stores or for a more custom design, you can create your own following these steps. First, find a design you like from a design or wallpaper sample book. Using a copy machine, enlarge or reduce the design as needed. Then, using a marking pen, trace the design onto a 7-mil Mylar® sheet or clear plastic or use the copier to transfer your design onto clear acetate. Because acetate and Mylar stencils are transparent, they enable you to see the previously applied colors. This makes it easier to align the pattern as you move the stencil along the surface.
Make extra copies if you are making a separate stencil for each color. This will also let you bend or cut the stencil as needed at corners. Use a craft knife to carefully cut out the image to create a template. Stack the stencils together and use a hole punch to create registration marks (see Step 4) in each corner of the stencil. These act as a guide to keep your design consistent.
Bring room measurements and fabric samples with you while shopping for stencils and paints. This will keep your interior design consistent and ensure that your colors and pattern complements your existing décor.