1950’s Wallpaper Border

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s Wallpaper Border

In researching British mid-century wallpaper, I noticed that the rolls of wallpaper were often advertised with a border which is also, I believe, called a trim.

The border, as you may expect, is a roll of paper about two or 3 inches wide which ran around the join of the wallcovering with another part of the room. For example, it would run between the end of the wallpaper and the beginning of the ceiling or the upper surface of the wall or, perhaps, the picture rail. Since it was also called trim I imagine the purpose was to improve the interface between two surfaces and perhaps to cover any irregularities.

Wallpaper border seems to have all but disappeared as the 1960s began and so, so far as I concerned, it is not going to be a major part of my design process. However, for the sake of completeness I have created a very simple border to go with my wallcovering and you can see the result as it would look on a wall above. Here, where the wall is joining the ceiling, the border runs along the top.

As you will immediately see, I have simply reused some elements from the design in order to create the border. Looking on the internet, I was surprised to find that there were very few images of wallpaper with borders and very little explanation. Some sites that sell vintage decorating materials were my main source of information. This is something I would like to go into a little deeper and if you know of any good sources on the internet, other than sites like Etsy, then please let me know in the comment below.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

About Mike
I design and create 3D interiors and mid-century inspired surface patterns

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