Border Dos and Don’ts for Pattern Designs

  • The width of a border should suit the scale of the room and the intricacy of the pattern.
  • Reduce borders to scale in transitional spaces such as hallways.
  • Borders are typically placed 12 inches or more from the wall. The apron, which is installed between the border and walls, can be used to adjust the dimensions of the pattern to fit the room. Cuts are made along the outer perimeter, and should be roughly equal on all sides of the room, so the apron is a consistent width. The apron can be laid either parallel or perpendicular to the border and can be either lapped or mitered at the corners.
  • The border and design pattern should complement, not compete. The more complex the design pattern, the less complicated the border design should be.
  • Use the natural colors of the species as a guide, as well as the grain texture, thickness, and possible differences in expansion.
  • Most borders come in sections. When ordering, include a cutting allowance, typically at least one extra section.