I'm not used to lots of wall space. With a few exceptions, my apartments have been in the tiny range — attics, studios and other cozy holes. My most recent move has given me more wall space than I know what to do with, which is not something any New York dweller should be complaining about! But it has posed a a decor dilemma.
And as an eternal renter with a history of strict landlords, I've never had the good fortune of being able to paint my walls. I have plenty of crushes on the temporary wallpaper out there — check out Chasing Paper, Wallflora, and Hygge & West! — but my move tapped my bank account and the commitment-phobe inside me couldn't settle on a design.
Enter washi tape. It's the best of many worlds: It's cheap, quick, removable and almost endlessly customizable. I found this super shiny gold tape at a paper store near my office, which I mixed in with the black to tie in with the colors of my living room/desk area. I haven't been able to stop brainstorming ideas for other walls since I finished this one — how fun would multiple colors be for a kid's room (or funfetti cake lovers room?)
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- Washi tape — my wall is roughly a 9-foot square and I used 2.5 rolls
- A ladder
WHAT TO DO
The instructions here are so simple I almost feel silly writing them! But here's a little outline just in case:
- Start with a clean wall — wash it down to make sure there's no dust, which could prevent your tape from sticking properly.
- Cut strips of washi tape in even lengths. Place on the wall at random intervals. Don't worry about being too perfect — I think part of the fun of this is that the pattern isn't a perfect repeat and feels more like giant confetti falling.
- Take a step back every now and then to check your progress and to ensure the pattern is consistent from section to section.
- Admire! Humblebrag about your thriftiness! Instagram for days!
Photos and text copyright © Theresa Berens, 2016. All rights reserved.