Julia here – I’m Jane’s virtual assistant and last wrote on tattoos (ahem, gallery walls) as a spin off on the Beyond White Paint Series. Past Beyond White paint posts have covered gallery walls and curtains as wall decor. This week, as Jane’s out sick (poor thing is laid up bad and won’t be back on TBA till next week), she’s letting me take over the blog again today, as we turn to tape: Glorious tape.
Ah, Beyond White Paint returns with yet another fancy rental-wall-treatment idea. Let us begin with this amazing discovery: GIANT WASHI TAPE invented solely for decor purposes. Thus it is wall friendly. Holla. (Just know this: do you read Japanese? If not, this site may be tough to navigate.)
I had to get that out of my system as I am so excited by the many possibilities such large tape presents. Chevron! Gingham! A whole wall of fat washi stripes! Plaid! Any pattern with corners and lines is possible now.
This post needs to be brief for one reason: There is way too much eye candy to ogle. So the words will be few, but the tape will abound.
So let’s roll with three categories: Easy. Harder. Hardest.
1. Easy: The basic stripe and the discovery of colored electrical tape.
When it comes to tape stripes are as simple and uncomplicated as it gets. Camila at Effortless Style did a great job with a fat black stripe made of electrical tape in her sister’s apartment.
So easy. A nifty diagram is in Camila’s original post regarding spacing as well. Oh, and hello sweet lookin’ colored electrical tape. So many colors. Enough to rival the unconquerable washi.
2. Harder: The diamond pattern and the Chevron in washi and fat washi tape.
This pattern is gorgeous and traditional, even when done with tape. It also seems to do a great job of delineating spaces, as demonstrated by a Dose of Pretty:
Jenny at Little Green Notebook did a fabulous job of explaining just how to do this pattern here.
A step up from diamonds is Chevron, a holy grail of pattern in blog land. Hello fat washi tape. Don’t you look beautiful. (This wall is painted, but I digress).
3. Hardest: The crazy patterns one might not care to attempt because of scissor induced arthritis.
Here is some unrivaled madness from The Vintage Laundress. She painted her design. However, renters armed with an amazing painters tape like Martha Stewart’s Tiffany Blue tape or this particular lavender shurtape painters tape (so, so pretty) could have this design be a reality on your walls in more colors than primary blue. I think any geometric design is good to go when it comes to tape, actually.
As could all of these fabulous designs pictured below via Oh Party. That built in bookshelf slays me. But in the interest of simplicity, why not do just a built-in back with tape stripes?
Now maybe you don’t want the work of a whole tape wall. Behold, a solution which is easier than easy.
Just the corners. Crisp. Clean. Easy. As for other possibilities, here is a nice fretwork idea. Or maybe a Greek key trim as a wall border would look cute.
I have some really ugly kitchen cabinets (pink- i speak the truth people). Maybe some tape fretwork is just the thing to offset their gross glory. What might you consider taping for style purposes? And are there any patterns you think would suit this idea well? Do tell!
Disclaimer: This has not been tried on the walls at TBA and thus TBA assumes no responsibility for damaged walls or peeling tape. HOWEVER, Jenny Komenda at Little Green Notebook mentioned that her diamond patterned entryway suffered no ill effects from her use of washi tape in an email to us. Camila at Effortless Style Interiors also mentioned no damage to walls from the electrical tape thus far. Just a little FYI to be fair. Also, this post is not sponsored by any of the blogs or products mentioned.