Man, I absolutely HATE wallpaper, and I hate wallpaper borders even more. And that made it very ironic that I found myself having to pick out new wallpaper border for our kitchen. My husband LOVES the current wallpaper because it looks like a faux finish. We have such an open floorplan that he likes how the kitchen and nook have a different look than the family room.
I, on the other hand, want to tear that stuff down so quickly! He did finally grant me "permission" to tear it down as long as I repainted a faux finish. Huh? There isn't enough actual wall space to spend the time to learn the technique and actually apply it.
But, I do know that the original border HAD to go. Here is a picture of the psychedelic monkeys that the previous owners picked. You notice how often the pattern repeats? It's like on an every 10 inch repeat cycle. Do you realize how many psychedelic monkeys that is looking at you everyday? The border had to go.
Most stores around here don't sell wallpaper much anymore, much less borders, so I had to go online. I was not happy about this. I told my husband that if he was addimant about the wallpaper, that he should look for the borders. He, for some reason, couldn't find any, but I think that was an excuse... so, here I am, a wallpaper hater, looking at wallpaper borders. Since I was adamant about not making the final choice, I found 5 options for him to choose from. Do you think he made a choice? No, he sent back 2 telling me to choose. So frustrating...
Anyway, here is what I chose. I chose this one because we were very limited in what we could chose because it had to be at least 10 1/4 inches wide to cover up the previous border. Also, the wallpaper is much more yellow than I would like, so it's heard to match much of anything else, especially to the rest of our decor, so I had to chose something with constrasting colors. So, needless to say, I don't care for the selection, but it's better than the monkeys.
Here are some pictures with some decor back in place. What do you think?
The grapes are a little too purple, but the monkeys were way too dark, so this will have to do. Just changing the border has definitely brightened up the kitchen quite a lot. I didn't think to take actual before pictures, but I should have. If you have dated wallpaper or borders, making a change could change the entire look of the area.