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Thursday Trick to Try: Washi Tape Wall Art

Add a little DIY dimension to your walls with this inexpensive decor trick!

Copy: Kelli Ryder, Interior Design: Emma Solviegsdotter, Photography: Frida Ramstedt

When putting together the latest issue of Rue, we swooned over the simplistic, Swedish design of Emma Solviegsdotter’s home. But, one thing that especially stood out to us was the angular wall art alongside the television. The complicated looking piece is actually just as simple as the rest of the space, and happens to be a Solveigsdotter original. Using a few strips of jet-black Washi tape, Emma created a high-contrast decal that pops against the stark white walls. It looks high-fashion yet fun, and can be created in a matter of minutes!

We’ve seen Washi tape used to enhance tablescapes or hang photos (alongside about 100 other uses), but we really love seeing it stand alone. To create your own Washi tape wall art, choose a tape that will enhance your decor. (For example, if your space is bright and youthful, try a patterned tape!) Then, do a small sketch of the design you have in mind. You don’t need to measure or trace it onto the wall, but it does help to have a “rough draft” to follow. Also, your tape should be slightly longer than the final design. This will allow you to trim the edges in a clean, crisp line once the project is complete. The best part about this DIY is that Washi tape can easily be removed without damaging the wall. If you make a mistake, peel it off and start again!

This is definitely a unique look, and may not be for every home. We adore it… but would you try it in your space?

Image originally appeared as part of “Swedish Simplicity” in our July 2014 issue here

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