Border prints are making a comeback. Rather than introducing all-over patterns to your interiors, consider using border designs to transform tired spaces and bring an upbeat, yet subtle update to your home.

Read on for new ideas of how to incorporate border prints:

Floral print blinds

From the Harlequin Additions range at Blinds 2Go, this Quintessence Border Jade roller blind features a painterly floral design of soft lavenders, blues and greens. As a border pattern, it’s there to highlight and accentuate your surroundings, without being too overpowering. It’s that understated beauty that enables you to  easily add such a lively collection of colours to your window. The Quintessence Border blind is available in roman and roller styles priced from £31.50 made to measure.

Wall mural

If you don’t want to go for allover pattern wallpaper, Karolina Kroon has beautifully designed this Aralia wall mural to imitate trailing ivy. Depending on which way you hang it, the pattern can either hang down or climb up the wall. Available from Sandberg Wallpaper from £199 per roll (including 4 strips that are 45cm in width).

Tiled borders

Add a vibrant splash of colour to a kitchen or bathroom with patterned wall tiles. These porcelain Art Colours Sapphire tiles from Tileflair (from £2.65 per tile) are hardwearing enough to be used outside and on the floor too. Either mix and match patterns or stick to the same design all the way through.

Botanical blinds

Everyone’s favourite plant, the Cheese Plant, has been used by Scion Living to create a fresh, zingy border print for Blinds 2Go. This Arizona Border Citrus roller blind is available from £26.55.  The border design means it doesn’t take up the whole window, but just enough to add a little pattern to your space. It also comes with a light filtering or blackout lining. Botanical prints such as this, look great in kitchens, breakfast rooms and conservatories.

Border stencils

Get creative and create your own border design by applying a stencil. This stencil pattern is an Indian design, available from Dizzy Duck Designs UK on Etsy from £11.98. There are a wide range of styles available, designed and laser cut in the UK. They can be used with any paint and are washable and reusable. Stencils can be used to add some wow factor to anything from walls to upcycled furniture.

Colourful floors

Add a burst of colour to your floor with these Jute Bordered Rugs from The Rug Seller. Available from £60 with a duck egg blue or vibrant pink border, these rugs are hand braided with 100% vegetable fibre. Not only do they add some welcome colour, but they are very durable too.

Floral wallpaper

Add a design statement with border print wallpaper. This Bluebell Woods mural rural wallpaper is available from Bluebellgray from £155 per roll. The design features pretty bluebells entwined with wild honeysuckle, featuring blues, mauves, greens and yellows. It brings a lovely sunny feel to a bedroom or living area.

Animal print

Add a fun, animal print courtesy of Scion Living. In addition to their all-over Lintu design, which is one of Blinds 2Go’s most popular, they have introduced a colourful border print that runs along the bottom of the roller blind. It won’t overpower your interior, just add a bit of colour from the grey, blue, yellow and orange bird design. The Lintu Border Pimento roller blind is available from £26.55.

Patterned floors

Instead of creating an allover patterned floor, which can sometimes dominate a room, use tiles to create a border. You can create a reverse pattern border, by tiling the centre of the room with patterned tiles and adding a plain tiled border. Alternatively, highlight a particular area of a room, such as an area by the door or under a dining table with your chosen pattern. These Artisan Carbone Grey Décor tiles are available from Tileflair from £1.98 per tile.

DIY borders

Add a touch of colour to brighten up plain shelving by backing them with leftover strips of wallpaper. Mix and match colours and patterns from offcuts for a boho feel, or coordinate with your existing colour scheme. We love the eclectic look here, shared by Wallpaper Direct.

Article by Sara Chardin.

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