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Create an Accent Wall That’s Extraordinary …Using Coloured Tape

Have you ever considered creating a stylish accent wall at your house, but didn’t feel like going through the mess and clean up associated with painting or using wallpaper? Then this project’s for you!

This week we’re explaining how to style up a plain wall in your house, using Washi Tape. It’s a great way to add character to a lackluster room.

Let us know if you like this idea, or have any feedback!

The Scotch® Brand Team… xox

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 1.5 hours

Scotch® Brand Supplies:
This tape can be purchased at a Staples store near you.

Scotch® Brand Washi Solid Blue Tape


• Sharp knife
• Cutting mat
• Straight edge ruler
• Measuring tape

Plan and prep. Remove all of the items from your wall, ensure it’s blank and give it a wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any dust. Allow to dry.


Decide on direction. It’s always easier to work with a blank space, so if you’re right-handed, it’s best to start on the left side of the wall. Likewise, if you’re left-handed, we suggest starting on the right side and moving away from the area where you tape.

Measure. It’s always worth understanding the space you’re working with to ensure you have enough tape and for determining the length of your lines, so measure the length and width of your accent wall.


Determine your look. Determine roughly how many vertical lines and rectangles you would like to have visible for your geometric pattern (there’s no right or wrong answer; it’s all based on preference). For this look for an approximate 9 x 10 foot wall, we opted to do seven vertical lines and seven rectangles.

Get a helper. It can be somewhat challenging to get the lines straight when you’re doing this project yourself, so grab a friend and have them stand about 6-8 feet away from the wall so they can tell you if you’re taping straight lines.

Start taping. Apply one tape strip starting from the bottom upwards, and cut where you would like to start your rectangle. Repeat this step in order to have the other side of the double line.


Create your rectangles. Decide how long you would like the sides of your rectangles and use your cutting board to measure. We suggest 10-14 inches for each vertical side. Cut two pieces of tape accordingly, and then cut four one-inch pieces to complete the other sides of the rectangle. Apply to wall. Because this tape can be re-positioned, it will not stick to the cutting mat.

Trial and error. It can take some time to complete this project, so be patient and take your time to make your perfect. Luckily, the tape can be re-positioned with little effort, so play around with it.


Complete your wall. Once you’re happy with your geometric pattern, move all your furniture back to the wall,  stand back and admire.

Ta-da! Your accent wall is finished, with little mess and no paintbrushes to clean off!


Looking for some more details and where to get some of these items? Feel free to follow our good friend Allison’s blog. As an Interior Designer, she has more tips to help you out!


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