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On the Border: Using Trims for Big Impact

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

While we don't espouse the "trendy" as a general rule, we do love spotting new style details! We have been following some very fun border treatments on walls, crown moldings, drapery, and wainscoting. Here's a little round up of some that we find inspiring! We are seeing this detail executed with ribbon, wood moldings, paint and even wallpaper borders (not your 80's mauve duck borders!) Trims like these add maximum style with minimum effort.

Floral upholstered headbaord in a bedroom featuring golden yellow ribbon tape trim on walls.

Photo via @templestudiony

Yellow painted chair rail with wall panelling featuring Decwood UK's  new rebated edging strips.  Apply any of our standard strip mouldings to the face of the edging strip to complete the reeded panelling look.

Photo via @decwood_uk

We have used this beading detail on some fun frames for art lately. You can DIY the look on a frame by ordering these half wood balls from Amazon and gluing them to a flat wood frame, then painting. As a wainscoting detail they add a charm factor perfect for kitchens, kids' rooms or a powder bath.

Color- blocked drapery in solid pink and white fabrics with orange tape trim dividing the colors, and carried through on the walls for a seamless look by Lynn Chalk.

Photo via Lynn Chalk

Master seamstress Lynn Chalk lined up a punchy ribbon trim on her color-blocked drapery and the wall, matching the lovely lavender paint color to the fabric.

Light aqua blue painted room with red and white stripe ribbon applied at juncture of crown molding and around door frame. Red and white checkered ribbon forms a chair rail detail.

Photo via @templestudiony Wallpaper @studio_atkinson

Susie Atkinson, founder of her eponymous British homewares brand, has launched a collection of wallpaper borders which consists of colorful, patterned adhesive strips that can transform the whole look and feel of a room. The collection features four patterns (two stripes, a check, and a floral), all in multiple colorways, starting at $83 a roll.

Bed with canopied drapery in blue floral fabric with plaid wallpapered wall,  Patterns from Mulberry (plaid wallpaper) and Pierre Frey (floral canopy bed fabric) coalesce beautifully in Avrea & Company’s upstairs bedroom for the Dallas Kip's Bay Showhouse.

Patterns from Mulberry (plaid wallpaper) and Pierre Frey (floral canopy bed fabric) coalesce beautifully in Avrea & Company’s upstairs bedroom for the Dallas Kip's Bay Showhouse.


Light blue painted walls with black grosgrain ribbon details, with aged vintage floral artwork in a bedroom with crisp white linens.

With a coat of blue paint (Benjamin Moore Bespoke) and some black grosgrain ribbon, Megan Pflug Designs brought some classical details to this Tribeca abode.

Bathroom designed for Kip's Bay Showhousefeaturing pink tile and walls are covered in Philip Jeffries ivory grasscloth, and a Samuel & Sons Greek Key decorates the trim and baseboards.

In this room from Shelley Johnstone Design for the Dallas Kip's Bay Showhouse, the walls are covered in a Philip Jeffries ivory grasscloth, and a Samuel & Sons Greek Key decorates the trim and baseboards.

Scalloped wallpaper borders shown atop a floral wallpaper with an olive green ground and pink flowers.

Photo via @ottolinedevries

British brand Ottoline introduced a scallop wallpaper border trim in 10 delicious colors and we cannot pick a favorite.


Lavender plaid cornice with white draperies and floral wallpaper and lavender velvet tape trim for a baby girl's nursery.

Wallpaper is Lulie Wallace, paint color is Benjamin Moore Opaline, plaid fabric is Schumacher. Our very own TATE studio design for a sweet baby girl's nursery.


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